Giving your baby finger foods a well as spoon feeding can encourage him to feed himself. Soft finger foods are a really good option often used by the nanny. Do not be too concerned if he does not chew it up and swallow it. It is more about getting the taste and texture. Putting the food in his mouth and spitting it back out is all part of the learning experience for your baby. He will make a mess, so be prepared for it. Nanny will usually start with soft finger foods and progress to harder fruit or vegetables that he can chew.
Soft finger foods – These can be things like: hard-boiled egg, grated cheese, avocado slices, sliced fresh peach (take skin off and remove the stone), mashed potato, boiled vegetables, cooled and sliced into fingers, such as carrots and broccoli.
Hard finger foods – Once your baby is enjoying feeding himself with soft foods, nanny will progress to hard finger foods. These can be things like bits of apple, raw broccoli, carrot, cucumber or pepper sticks, steamed french beans, cooked spiral pasta, or fingers of toast with butter. Nanny sometimes also offer your baby some hummus that he can dip his hard finger food in. Remember always introduce new foods one at a time to check for allergies.