Finger foods &
Listen to your baby
What to do if your toddler starts to refuse certain foods? Here are our top tips on dealing with fussy eaters.
There’s no need to stick to ‘adult’ mealtimes – be guided by your baby’s appetite.
A few sticks of raw veg can be a lot less intimidating than a plate filled with food & might tempt your little one to eat.
Avoid using certain food as rewards and/or only giving your child the foods you know they will eat, as this can form bad habits in later life.
If your child becomes constipated this could affect their appetite, so make sure they are getting enough fibre through things like whole grains
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!
Balance with texture
Relaxing & taking a balanced approach in regards to timings, perseverance and food types should help your family enjoy trying different foods together
The more variety of vegetables, fruits and flavours your baby tries at this early stage the more likely they are to develop a taste for them later in life.
Instead of puréeing vegetables and fruits until smooth in a blender, simply mash them with a fork to leave a chunkier texture.
While you prep meals why not give your baby a chunk of soft veg to gum on while they wait? This is a great way for them to practice co-ordination.
Your little one will have more energy than ever so enjoying activities with them – like baby sensory play or swim classes is a great way to keep them entertained.
Mealtimes are social occasions too – start good habits by sitting together as a family to eat several times a week.
Taste adventures with finger foods
Finger food is an important stage in your babies development and helps with hand eye coordination and speech development. Here 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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