Introducing Finger Foods

By Gerber

Finger Foods

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 them 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.