As your baby grows you might notice a not so subtle hint of independence surface during meal time as he tries to grab the spoon out of your hand and feed himself. This may be a clear sign that it's time to introduce finger foods. A baby is usually ready to eat solid foods around four to six months of age, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Around the half year mark a baby may have a hardy appetite but doesn't have the teeth she needs to chew properly. Finger foods that can be easily dissolved in the mouth are generally suggested for 6-month-old babies
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A variety of washed and peeled fruits can be offered to a 6-month-old baby, reports Medline Plus. Small slices of bananas, pears, peaches and melon may all be appetizing finger foods for a baby. Additional choices include tiny pieces of cantaloupe, plum, seedless watermelon, blueberries and sliced seedless grapes or cherry tomatoes.
By the time a baby is 6-months-old she can safely eat soft cooked vegetables, reports Medline Plus. A baby may prefer sweet tasting veggies like sweet potatoes and carrots. Other good vegetable choices include green peas, chopped beets and soft pieces of zucchini or potatoes.
If you prefer to serve your baby canned vegetables or fruits be sure to select ones without added salt or sugar, advises Kidshealth.org.
Cereal and Pasta
Because of their texture and small size, toasted oat cereal and rice puffs are ideal finger foods for 6-month-old babies. Noodles cut into small pieces and thoroughly cooked pasta spirals can be appetizing and easy on the gums.
Cheese and Tofu
Cheese and tofu are excellent finger foods for babies, notes Babycenter.com. Offer your little one only very thin strips or tiny chunks of cheese. Tofu should be served in small cubes. Cottage cheese is soft and mushy and can be easily dissolved. Don't give a 6-month-old chunks of hard cheese, advises Kidshealth.org.
Toast, Bagel and Crackers
Melba toast and graham crackers make good finger foods for babies, according to Medline Plus.
Salt-free crackers, a small bagel and toast strips can held in your babies hands and sucked on until moist when they essentially melt in the mouth.