Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Cindy | 2012-01-21

Q.

Finger foods

I''ve been reading about offering my little one (7.5 months) finger foods. The problem with her is that she is SO hyper! I struggle to get her to sit still when feeding her. Even when she is drinking a bottle she moves and squirms and tries to look around in every possible direction. She does this during every meal BUT she still finishes her food and eats very well.
I''m just worried about offering her finger foods in case she puts it in her mouth and starts " jumping"  around.
She has showed an interest in grabbing things and exploring and tasting. She can even pick up her dummy, turn it around, chew on the back a little and then put it back in her mouth the right way round. She also has her 2 bottom front teeth so far and she bites and chews on a lot of things because of severe teething pains. When I offer her something to chew on, she eagerly reaches out to grab it and POP...in the mouth it goes :-)

So, is it safe to offer her finger foods already? What kind of finger foods are suggested at this age? Some people say that you should cut foods into pieces but I am scared of choking risks...especially with her active nature. Also, some people suggest offering carrot sticks...is this OK? Should they be cooked, partially cooked or raw? Up until this point I have been cooking everything for her except avocado and bananas.

Thank you for your time.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The main concern with finger foods for babies is always the worry about possible choking.You will find excellent advice and recipes for finger foods for babies on Google.

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