7 Month Old Finger Foods

Start with menu items like small pieces of soft cheese, ripe peaches or nectarines, finely chopped soft vegetables, finely chopped soft fruits, and little bits of pasta or bread. Because your infant might not yet have teeth, these foods should only require minimum chewing.

Use this list of safe, nutritious, and easy to eat finger foods for baby to help you know exactly what (and how) to offer at meals and snacks. Plus, find the best first finger foods, troubleshooting tips, and visuals of foods broken down by food group to keep things easy!

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Finger Foods for Baby

After baby starts solids and is ready to move onto finger foods, you may feel a little confused by exactly what to serve and how to serve it. Which is totally normal because it can be scary to let baby feed themselves this way and we may not have any experience doing this—or we may have totally forgotten from our last kiddo!

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This list of finger foods for baby will cover some great first finger foods to start with, then set you up with plenty of healthy options from each food group.

TIP: Find more info on starting solids here and the best foods to start with if doing baby led weaning or purees with baby.

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Healthy Baby Food

I love sharing these ideas for baby food since they are easy to prepare and serve and because I know how hard it can be to continue to come up with flavorful and healthy meals and snacks for our little ones. Let me tell you, I’m on my third kiddo and it can be such a challenge to feed him during the chaos of parenting the rest of my crew! These foods are wholesome and nutritious—perfect for your baby.

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BEST FIRST FOODS FOR BABYBest First Finger Foods

When baby is around 9 months, you’ll notice that they’re able to pick up smaller pieces of food with two fingers. This is known as the “pincer grasp” and is a sign that they’re ready to start finger foods. To be clear, when I say “finger foods” I mean small pieces of food that a baby (or toddler) can feed themselves.

Here are some of my favorite ones to start with that are all super soft, safe to eat, and easy to pick up.

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TIP: You can serve the tofu, ground meat, or meatballs in veggie puree from a pouch or a simple marinara sauce for extra moisture and flavor. Learn more about how and why to introduce peanut butter.

Finger Foods for Baby: Fruits and Veggies

Some of my favorite early fruits and veggies to serve babies are:

  • Mashed roasted sweet potato, broken up into small pieces
  • Warmed frozen peas, slightly mashed if desired
  • Roasted Zucchini
  • Diced Roasted Sweet Potato or Butternut Squash
  • Fresh blueberries, cut in half or quarters
  • Fresh raspberries, broken into small pieces
  • Banana, broken into small segments (they are less slippery this way versus slicing them)
  • Avocado, diced and mashed slightly (be sure it’s ripe and very soft)

TIP: A good rule of thumb is to serve pieces of food that are about the size of a pea to start and soft enough that they are easy to squish between your fingers. This will be easy for baby to pick up and eat and will also reduce chances of choking.

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Offering complex carbohydrates can provide fiber, a variety of textures, B vitamins, and more. Try these with your baby.

healthy protein finger foods for babyFinger Food Ideas: Proteins

Offering proteins will continue to expose baby to a range of nutrients. These are my go-tos for babies newer to finger foods—and toddlers too.

  • Shredded cheese (thicker cuts are a little easier to pick up)
  • Tofu, diced and sauteed lightly or steamed
  • Flaked cooked wild salmon
  • Lightly mashed meatballs
  • Shredded chicken, cut up finely (we love this Butter Chicken to share with baby)
  • Ground beef, turkey, or chicken, broken into smaller pieces
  • Lightly mashed beans
  • Scrambled eggs, broken up into small pieces
  • Diced egg muffins

I’D LOVE TO HEAR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE, OR IF YOU HAVE FOODS THAT YOUR BABIES ENJOY THAT I DIDN’T INCLUDE HERE. CHIME IN BELOW IN THE COMMENTS!

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Best Early Finger Foods for Baby

A good rule of thumb is to serve pieces of food that are about the size of a pea to start. This will be easy for baby to pick up and eat and will also reduce any chances of choking. Let your child’s unique hunger be your guide for portions (though start small to avoid wasting food)—serving sizes here are just an approximation. And know that the nutrition info here will vary according to which foods you serve.

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Prep Time5 minutes

Cook Time5 minutes

Total Time10 minutes

AuthorAmy Palanjian

CuisineAmerican

CourseBaby Food

Calories124kcal

Servings1

Ingredients

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First Finger Foods (choose 1-3 per meal)

Fruits and Veggies

  • ▢1/4 cup mashed roasted sweet potato (broken up into small pieces)
  • ▢1/4 cup warmed frozen peas
  • ▢1/4 cup Roasted Zucchini
  • ▢1/4 cup diced Roasted Sweet Potato or Butternut Squash
  • ▢1/4 cup blueberries (cut in half or quarters)
  • ▢1/4 cup raspberries (broken into small pieces)
  • ▢1/4 cup banana slices (broken into small segments—they are less slippery this way versus slicing them)
  • ▢2 tbsp avocado (diced and mashed slightly—be sure it’s ripe and very soft)

Whole Grains and Carbohydrates

  • ▢1 Spinach pancakes (moisten with applesauce or plain yogurt if needed; this recipe is particularly moist and great for babies)
  • ▢1/4 cup Oatmeal (cooked according to package directions and allowed to cool)
  • ▢1/4 cup Baby Puffs
  • ▢1/4 cup Peanut Butter Puffs
  • ▢1/4 cup fully cooked rice (it’s easiest if it’s in little clumps so baby can pick it up; this Coconut Rice or this Cheesy Rice are both good options)
  • ▢1 Baby Banana Muffin
  • ▢1/4 cup O cereal (soften in nondairy unsweetened milk or yogurt as needed)
  • ▢1/4 cup Baked Oatmeal (diced or regular oatmeal broken into little pieces)

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Instructions

  • For each meal or snack, choose 2-3 foods from a mix of food groups. Aim to include some fat in most meals and protein in many too.
  • Prepare the food, cutting into small pieces and/or mashing as needed to make the food easy to eat.
  • Start with small portions and allow more as baby indicates according to their hunger.

Notes

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • Many foods you cook for your family will work as baby finger foods—just be sure they are easy to squish between your fingers and the pieces are small and easy to chew.
  • Babies very normally make a lot of faces when they eat, so don’t assume they don’t like something just because they scrunch their nose!
  • Flavors and textures can take time to learn to eat, so continue offering foods in small portions even if baby hasn’t liked them in the past—and make sure they taste good to you!

Nutrition

Calories: 124kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 164mg, Sodium: 81mg, Potassium: 344mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 5g, Vitamin A: 9857IU, Vitamin C: 18mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg

Finger Foods For 7 Month Old Baby With No Teeth

Start with menu items like pieces of soft cheese; small pieces of pasta or bread; finely chopped soft vegetables; and fruits like bananas, avocado, and ripe peaches or nectarines. These foods should require minimal chewing, as your baby may not yet have teeth.

Can Babies Eat Finger Foods Without Teeth?

Contrary to popular opinion, your baby does not need a single tooth in order to eat finger foods, just as long as the food is diced into small enough pieces and is soft enough for his gums to mash.

Can I Give My 7 Month Old Finger Foods?

You can also offer 2-3 snacks or finger foods (but not more than this) in between main meals each day. Finger foods are an important part of your baby’s diet from about 7 months of age to increase their range of foods and textures, develop hand eye co-ordination and encourage self feeding.

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