Finger food is food that is easily bitten, chewed and held by babies. Finger food can be given to introduce certain foods to your child.
Infants aged 8-9 months are usually ready to feed themselves. By giving him finger food, Mother can train Little One to eat without being fed, as well as train her fine motor skills, as well as her ability to bite and chew food.
Various Finger Food Foods for Babies
Is Mother still confused with food choices for making finger food? Come, see some types of food that Mother can make finger food for Little:
1. Boiled vegetables
For starters, Mother can give him vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, or sweet potatoes. But before giving it, steam or roast the vegetables until soft.
After that, cut it into small pieces so that your baby can hold it. Besides being healthy, boiled vegetables also provide a lot of good nutrition for the development of the baby.
2. Cut fruit
In addition to boiled vegetables, other foods that you can make snacks for your child are fruit. Bananas, avocados, mangoes, cantaloupe, pears, and watermelons are various fruits that you can serve as finger food.
Before giving it to Little, make sure the fruits have been cut into small pieces and cleaned of the skin and seeds.
Although in Indonesia pasta is still quite rarely used as a snack for babies, this food can actually be an option for finger food. Give Little Paste paste that has been boiled until completely cooked.
Types of pasta that can be given to babies are fusili or pasta that has been cut into small pieces.
Mother can also provide cereal as a finger food snack for your little one. Give cereals that are easily held by him and choose low-sugar and without the addition of coloring agents.
Toast can be a finger food menu for babies when they are getting older. Cut small toast, so that your little one can hold it easily.
Eggs are foods that are rich in protein, choline, vitamins B2, B12, and folate which are good for baby’s development. But before giving the eggs to Little, make sure the eggs have been cooked until completely cooked. Because the eggs are half cooked or raw may still contain Salmonella bacteria which can cause baby poisoning.
Cheese contains calcium which is good for supporting the growth of baby’s bones. Therefore, giving cheese as a complementary food for breast milk (MPASI) in its first year is the right thing. Choose cheese that has a soft, odorless, and non-sticky texture.
Meat is a good source of iron for growth. Mother is advised to give meat when Little One can be introduced complementary foods (breast milk). Before giving to Little, make sure the meat has been cooked until tender and quipped to make it easier to chew.
Every time he will give finger food to Little One, Mother needs to taste it first to make sure the food is easily bitten, the right pieces, soft, and melted in the mouth.
Introducing finger food to babies early on is important. However, Mother must remain vigilant of the possibility of Little Choke when eating it. So, always watch and accompany your child when eating finger food, Bun.