I have a confession to make. I’m pretty tired of cutting up fruits, veggies, meats, and other proteins into mini-bite size pieces. At the same time, I’m so glad we’re feeding Dilan fresh and healthy foods. He’s finally the proud owner of two pearly whites popping out of his bottom gum. But it took forever for him to get those teeth, so I can totally relate to those of you who are still mashing up foods. The good news is that babies actually don’t need teeth to be able to mash up food. Those jaws are strong. So months before his teeth actually came in, we started practicing with finger foods. WONDERFUL for those fine motor skills, especially since he’s a bit slow at mastering those.

finger foods

Pre-finger foods, Dilan ate anything from kale to quinoa. Finger foods may seem easy, but they’re actually difficult to dream up when you’ve had a long day and are pulling together breakfast and lunch ala finger (err, you know what I mean) for the next day at 9 PM. Don’t even get me going on the labeling that’s needed for daycare. We were soon labeling no less than 5 containers every evening. I finally invested in these super small and portable BPA-free plastic containers and started cutting up all of Dilan’s finger foods for the week every Sunday evening. It’s been so much easier than trying to do it every week night. Even if you don’t need containers, you can still benefit from separating out the food by using an ice cube tray. Works awesome as well. So now, what exactly have we been feeding our pickle? Well here ya go:

20 Finger Foods for the Toothless Baby

  • Sweet potato
  • Zucchini
  • Boiled green beans
  • Soft peas
  • Steamed diced carrots
  • Northern beans
  • Black beans (fork mashed)
  • Tofu
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • String cheese
  • Gluten-free waffle
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Avocado
  • Soft pears
  • Soft peaches
  • Sweet mandarin oranges
  • Finely sliced grapes
  • Soft kiwi
  • Blueberries

Dils now eats finger foods by the fistful, even with only 2 teeth present. We’re particularly impressed with his high fist-to-mouth-ratio. So far so good. I’m always open to new suggestions, though. What would you add to this list?