Finger foods that Crawlers can keep up with

  • Finger foods should be easy to pick up and easily dissolve in the mouth.
  • Foods that are the right size and shape will be easier for your baby to grasp and hold.

Your Crawler is still learning how to chew and eat well, so finger foods are a big step for him. Ease your baby in with small, soft pieces that melt quickly in the mouth, are easily mashed and swallowed, and are good for his little fingers to pick up.

Choosing snacks for your Crawler 

There’s a lot to consider when finding snacks for your Crawler to practice feeding himself. Keep these suggestions in mind next time you’re grocery shopping: 

  • Star-shaped pieces with ridges are easier for babies to pick up with developing fingers.
  • Puff-type cereal snacks that are designed for Crawlers will dissolve quickly in babies’ mouths.
  • Snacks should stay together as one piece within the baby’s mouth, soften and dissolve quickly.
  • Look for snacks designed to easily stick to wet fingers or hands — even if he’s not capable of grasping.
  • Once your baby is ready to chew, larger snacks with holes are good to help him learn how to hold and grasp.
  • Developmentally appropriate cookies can be crisp, but also easily mashed with or without teeth for safe chewing and swallowing.

Good to know

Start off with soft foods, like peeled and well-cooked sweet potatoes or ripe avocado. When he’s ready, move onto soft foods with a little more texture —peeled ripe peaches or soft whole-grain bread with the crust removed. After some practice your Crawler may be able to try well-cooked small-shaped pasta, or pasta cut into small pieces, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and chopped soft cooked veggies.

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