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As lots of you are doing BLW I'm sure you've found lots of finger foods your baby will chew on.
I gave Michaela an apple biscotti (especially for babies) today and she loved it! She sucked it to death, chewed it a bit and successfully managed to eat most of it.
Am now thinking of giving her a piece of banana "as is", perhaps a cooked (soft) carrot stick, or a cooked (soft) head of broccoli, as I know she likes the TASTE of all those things pureed, to see if she'll also adapt to the texture and give them a go.
Cooked carrots are Cam's favourite! He gets bananas as is all the time too. He's not so much a fan of broccoli lol. He's had apple (but hates applesauce), and I have pears to try this week. Also melons to suck on could be fun! Not sure what your produce is like this time year, but its hard to get nice fruit and veggies here right now.
Cooked plain rice is a good finger food but a bit hard for them to get in their mouth without the pincer grip. Wheneve we have rice for dinner I put some on his highchair tray and he usually gets some in his mouth.
Cucumber and sweet pepper slices are good.
I mentioned in the other food thread that I made Oz banana pancakes. One banana mashed up, one egg whisked in and then fried in a pan just like a pancake. I cut them in strips and froze them and give them to Oz frozen. That goes over very well.
I also ground up some minute oats in my food processor and if I give him a slice of something slimy like banana I roll it in the oat powder first so that Oz has some traction when he's trying to hold it.
I also read grating foods is a good way to introduce finger foods that are firm but you don't want to cook. I.e. grate up some cheese or raw hard fruits/veggies with a cheese grater. I haven't tried this.
In the last week or so we've started to give Hadley finger foods. She's got the grasp down pat now and happily feeds herself puffs. I've let her chew on apples and broccoli before, she liked the apple not so much the broccoli.
Adalyn has had a lot. Off the top of my head: carrots steamed in the micro to soften them up, apples that I stuck in the micro for 10-15 sec to soften up, banana, broccoli steamed, avocado, beans, Cheerios, potatoes without the skin... There's plenty out there they can have!
As I posted in Sherry's thread, she choked momentarily on a biscotti yesterday and it has put me off "hard" finger foods because I have a horrendous fear of choking with my kids (which is what puts me off BLW in the first place).
I'm liking the popsicle idea Jenn! I haven't tried her with cold stuff yet but I think I will go for that as a new thing for her to try. Thanks!