25 AMAZING Finger Foods for Babies and Toddlers
If you are looking for delicious baby finger foods then this is the page for you. These were the top 25 finger foods for toddlers and babies and they come from some of the best food bloggers in the world; My Fussy Eater, Healthy Little Foodies, My Kids Lick the Bowl, Eats Amazing as well as many more. As always, I’ve chosen only low salt and refined sugar-free recipes that I have also tried at home too.
When can I start finger foods?
You can start your baby on finger food from 6 months and you can actually totally skip the mushing, pureeing, and head straight onto ‘big people’ food. My top tip is this:
You MUST be able to squash a food between your finger and thumb to ensure it is 100% safe for your baby.
So, roast those veggies until they are lovely and soft, steam broccoli, slow cook meat until really tender. I like to cut all of my veggies into spears. It makes the food super easy to handle.
How to start finger foods?
This is the easiest part. Once you have soft food (that you can squash between your finger and thumb), just put a spear or two in front of your baby and let them get to work … all by themselves. When I started I didn’t even use a plate, I just plonked the food down onto the high chair tray. Those plates just end up on the floor anyway at the start.
It might take a few goes (and a lot of mess), but you will soon see your baby get the hang of it. Once they start throwing food or seeming disinterested you know they are done.
How to stop the mess of baby-led weaning?
Get a wipeable tablecloth and put it under your baby’s highchair. The TidyTot is also an AMAZING invention and stops all mess and well, well, well worth the money. Once food falls onto a clean surface you can pick it back up and place it back onto your baby’s high chair tray.
Don’t let your baby wear a white top! I’ve been there and stains NEVER come out! Oscars favorite way to eat messy sauces when topless, wearing his TidyTot . Yes I know, but it completely saved his clothes and we had zero mess.
Remember! Your babies tummy is the size of their fist AND they also get 75% of all their nutrition from their milk, until they are 12 months.
If you are worried….
Just message me! Get in touch on Instagram or Facebook! I am always happy to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. You can also find my Number One (yes ONE) Bestselling Baby Led Feeding Cookbook on Amazon which is filled with all the foods I fed my little boy from 6 months. It is a great resource and it comes with a great aftersale service. Me 🙂 Don’t panic or worry about anything! Starting your baby on solid food can be a worrying time, it’s your lovely little baby so that is totally understandable. I am always happy to help you to start baby led weaning so don’t be afraid to message me.
Mexican Quinoa Bites
This recipe is a yummy variation of baby led weaning tuna quinoa bites (which you can find here). Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is so amazing for all the family. It is a complete protein meaning that it contains all nine essential amino acids which most other grains lack. It is high in Vitamins B & E and is also a great source of fibre. And, if that wasn’t enough it is also a great source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. Quinoa is the least allergenic of all grains so if your little one is intolerant to grains this is a great alternative finger food recipe.
Salmon and Pea Cakes
These little salmon and pea cakes are an absolutely delicious finger food and are a great way to use up leftover salmon too.
Super Healthy Cookies are here! These deliciously soft cookies are made using a very surprising ingredient – the humble chickpea! It took a few tries to get them to the right consistency but these definitely work and my children devoured them so I know we’re onto a winner.
Rainbow Omelette Cakes Recipe
This baked omelette recipe is an easy recipe for kids to cook too, as there are no hot frying pans involved – you simply pour your mixture into silicone muffin cups, pop in the oven and bake. You can also sneak in lots of vegetables.
Baby French Toast (Eggy Banana Bread)
This simple French Toast or Eggy Bread recipe makes the perfect finger food for weaning babies and toddlers too!
Banana Lemon Walnut Muffins
When it comes to baby led weaning recipes nothing really beats mini muffins. They are soft and easy for little hands to manage that it is no wonder they are the number one food to start baby led weaning for babies.
Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Bites
With just a few ingredients and minimal equipment, this recipe couldn’t be easier to make, and the yogurt bites make a great healthy dessert, snack or even a fun breakfast idea!
Potato & Butternut Squash Tots
These delicious little tots are packed with potato and butternut squash and make the perfect finger food for weaning babies and toddlers!
Broccoli Cheese Frittata Fingers
These frittata fingers make the best finger food for baby led weaning and toddlers. They are a great recipe to let your little one explore new tastes and textures.
Apple, Banana and Carrot Muffins
These apple carrot and banana muffins are the beautiful mini-muffins! They are soft and spongy, easy to make and contain no added sugar or salt.
Sweet Potato Truffles
Soft and subtly sweet, these Sweet Potato Truffles are sure to be a hit with everyone in the household.
Hoisin Pork Cabbage Rolls
Kids love meals that they can hold in their hands, these Hoisin pork cabbage rolls are fun and full of vegetables, plus they are wrapped in a whole cabbage leaf. There is nothing expensive in this meal so it is also super economical.
Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal
Cherry, Almond, and Oatmeal, need I say more? But wait! There is much more, she throws in bananas, chia seeds, flax, and hemp hearts! So yes, this may be one of the most nutritious finger food breakfasts of 2019.
Pumpkin and chocolate might not be a combination you think would go well together, but I promise you it is delicious. Pumpkin is high in beta-carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A (great for eyes). It is also a good source of Vitamin C, high in iron and magnesium too as well as many other vitamins and minerals.
These Pea Fritters are easy to make and can be whipped up quickly. They taste delicious both hot and cold, so any leftovers are great for older kids lunch boxes and even better as a baby led weaning finger food!
Butternut Squash Fritters
Sweet Butternut Squash Fritters make a perfect addition to your fun food ideas for kids, and beautifully sweet rings are an ideal finger food for your little ones.
Sweet Potato Pizza
This pizza base is made from sweet potato, oats and egg. Top with just about anything and enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Banana Oat Pikelets
These banana oat pikelets are quick to make and the recipe can be used as the base for many other pikelet ideas, both savoury and sweet. If you’re wondering what a picklet is, it’s basically a pancake.
Vegetable what? Seriously, just try it. Hide them in plain sight and they will eat them!
Whether you’re looking for a homemade toddler snack, baby finger food or baby led weaning ideas, these couscous nuggets can’t be beaten for simplicity. Just four ingredients, no added salt or sugar.
These yummy Salmon bites are the perfect finger food for baby led weaning. Served with a dollop of yogurt, lime and coriander sauce, you will end up making these nuggets time and time again.
Frozen Yoghurt Bark
Frozen Yoghurt Bark is a great after-school snack or after-dinner dessert. It takes minutes to prepare and is ready after 2-4 hours of freezing. Store pieces in a ziplock bag for an instant frozen snack.
Parmesan and Spinach Cheese Twists
These are a super finger food and a great way to sneak some greens into your toddlers. Pastry items are popular with kids and you can always add in some stories about how spinach gives Popeye muscles!
Turkey Potato and Veggie Bites
This leftover turkey recipe that can be served as a main, appetizer, or side to your baby led weaning dinner (or lunch), and they’re just the right shape and size for a tot’s teensy hands.
These oven baked polenta vegetable fries are a healthier version of regular fries and perfect as a finger food for babies. They are also a delicious snack for the whole family to enjoy. They are baked in the oven and contain hidden veggies to make them a healthier. Serve them as a snack or side dish with some homemade marinara sauce.