Finger foods &
Listen to your baby
Toddler refusing certain foods? Yep, we’ve all dealt with a fussy eater at one point – here’s how:
Don’t stick to ‘adult’ mealtimes
If you’ve got a hungry baby, feed them. They’ll be plenty of time for getting into the breakfast, lunch and dinner routine later. For now, focus on the weaning bit.
Serve up one stick of veg at a time. It’s much less intimidating for baby and there’s much less cleaning up for you when it ends up on the floor – trust us.
Say ‘no’ to bribes
We know it’s tempting but try not to use food as a reward; your little terror needs to learn to do things without there being a treat at the end of it.
Don’t skip on fibre
Whole grains, fruit and veg, beans and pulses are all essential for preventing constipation, you know that — the same applies to your kid, so make sure they’re getting plenty of them.
Animal shaped bowls, colourful spoons and bibs, presenting food in fun faces or novel formats (like fruit puree frozen as a lolly) might help tempt you little one!
Find the right balance
Take time to explore different foods with your family then this sought-after sense of balance we keep talking about? It’ll start falling into place.
Pack in all the fruits and veg – as much variety as you can – while your kid is young. This can ward off fussy eating later in life.
Keep it chunky!
Texture is far more interesting than smooth, blended up veggies. Ditch the blender and keep things chunky by mashing up food with a fork
This or that?
Give your baby a few soft chunks of fruit or veg to gum on while you’re prepping dinner. They can pick between different flavours and practice holding the pieces
Get active and use up some of their new-found energy at a baby swim class or sensory play group. Your kid will always sleep more soundly after these classes, we promise
Get into good habits by eating together. It’s a good time to catch up with your family and shows baby what’s expected at the dinner table.
Taste adventures with finger foods
Want to improve your baby’s hand-eye coordination and boost speech development? You can put that one down to finger foods — these are our favourites
Steamed or fried
(cut in half).
Strips of cooked
meat or meatballs.
Strips of toast
with various spreads.
with various fillings.
Eat meals together
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Add some movement together
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