The Ultimate Guide to Finger Foods (Great for 9+ Months)

This Ultimate Guide of Finger Foods for Baby has everything you need to know to start serving finger foods to your baby! Over 80 tasty finger food ideas, choking vs. gagging, sample feeding schedule, helpful tools, how to teach baby to chew, and much much more! This in-depth guide is perfect for babies ages 9+ months!

Medically reviewed and co-written by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Finger Foods for Baby

Has your baby been eating purees and now ready for the next stage in their culinary adventure? Does your baby keep trying to take pieces of food out of your hands? Do you know that your baby is ready for solid foods but not sure how or what to feed them?

Then you’ve come to the right spot!

In this ultimate guide, I’ll share everything you need to know to get started serving finger foods to your baby! Starting from what exactly are finger foods to every parent’s concern of choking vs. gagging, this guide covers it all. I will also share how to know when your baby is ready for finger foods, over 80 easy foods to offer, a helpful sample finger food feeding schedule, helpful tools to have on hand, and more! This guide is great for babies 9 months and up! You can also check out my best-selling cookbook for even more information and recipes!

In this guide, you’ll find:

  1. My Finger Food Story
  2. When to Start Finger Foods
  3. 3 Ways to Introduce Solids to Baby
  4. How to Prepare Finger Foods
  5. How to Start Finger Foods with Baby
  6. Choking vs. Gagging
  7. How to Keep Baby Safe
  8. First Finger Foods for Baby
  9. Foods to Avoid
  10. How to Cut Finger Foods for Baby
  11. Sample Feeding Schedule
  12. Best Finger Foods for Baby by Age
  13. Palmar and Pincer Grasp
  14. How to Teach Babies to Chew
  15. Helpful Tools for the Finger Food Stage
  16. Difference between Baby-Led Weaning and Finger Food Stage
  17. Does Baby Need Teeth to Eat?
  18. Tips
  19. Vegetable Finger Foods
  20. Fruit Finger Foods
  21. Protein Finger Foods
  22. Whole Grains Finger Foods

Tip: not sure which stage your baby is in, don’t worry, you can read my Guide to Baby Food Stages that will break it all down for you.

My Finger Food Story

You would think that being a baby food guru, I would have finger foods on lockdown. Well, that wasn’t the case at all when I first got started.

Not only did I have a million questions about finger foods – what to serve, how to serve it, and when can I start? I also was faced with my girls being completely different types of eaters. Ellie, my oldest, loved purees. So I had to wean her from her beloved purees and s-l-o-w-l-y introduce her to finger foods, which she mostly just gave the stink eye to. 9 years later, Ellie is a great eater, so don’t give up hope. My youngest daughter, Parker, was the exact opposite. She literally ripped a piece of steak off my husband’s fork when she was 4 months old. She was ready to eat finger foods, and we better not get in her way!

But the questions were there the same with both of them – what foods should I give them first? What size should I cut their veggies and fruit into? Can I add spices to the finger foods?… ahhh… the list went on and on!

Over the last 8 years of making, talking about, researching, thinking about, and talking with experts about foods for your baby, I now have the answers to all of those questions and more! Below you will get all the information you are looking for.

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