30 Safe First Finger Foods for Babies

Whether you're practicing baby led-weaning or offering finger foods alongside purees, these easy options are perfect for early eaters. 

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Once baby can sit up mostly unsupported and can bring toys to her mouth, it's generally safe to start finger foods. You don't have to stick with one or two options—there are a wide variety of foods that little eaters can enjoy. And since experts suggest that repeated exposures to flavors can help reduce picky eating later on, it's good to include a range of naturally sweet, savory, and bitter flavors. Here are some of our favorite first finger foods to serve to baby.

  • Avocado, cubed or sliced
  • Baby puffs
  • Baby rice crackers
  • Blueberries, very soft and halved
  • Banana, cubed
  • Beans, cooked until very soft
  • Broccoli, chopped and steamed
  • Butternut squash, cubed and steamed
  • Cauliflower, chopped and steamed
  • Cheerios
  • Eggs, scrambled
  • Fish, steamed or poached in broth or water without added salt, with bones removed, and flaked into small pieces. (Choose low-mercury options that are high in healthy fats like wild salmon, rainbow trout, or tilapia.)
  • Goat cheese, crumbled
  • Green beans, chopped and steamed
  • Ground beef, cooked without salt
  • Pasta, cooked until very soft (about 2 minutes longer than package directions)
  • Peaches, very ripe, peeled and cubed
  • Pear, very ripe, peeled and cubed
  • Peas, cooked
  • Potatoes, cubed, tossed with olive oil, and roasted in a 400 degree F oven on a baking sheet for 22 to 25 minutes or until very soft
  • Potatoes, mashed
  • Rice, well-cooked, plain or mixed with shredded cheese to help it hold together
  • Shredded whole-milk cheese
  • Sweet potatoes, roasted whole and given in soft pieces, or cubed, tossed with olive oil, and roasted in a 400 degree F oven on a baking sheet for 22 to 25 minutes or until very soft
  • Tofu, soft or firm, cubed
  • Tomatoes, peeled and cubed
  • Yellow squash, cubed and steamed
  • Zucchini, cubed and steamed
  • Watermelon, cubed
  • Whole grain toast, cubed (spread with pureed veggies or fruit, mashed avocado, or a thin layer of nut butter)

Avoid any hard foods that can snap and cannot be squished between your fingers, such as raw carrots or apple slices, as well as whole nuts, popcorn, baby carrots, whole hot dogs, whole grapes, and honey.

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