When it's time for your baby to start eating solid foods, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests slowly introducing fruits, veggies, and meat one at a time to gauge baby's reaction to each new food. Here's our list of safe finger foods to gradually introduce into your child's diet.
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Start with: Bananas
What: Diced bananas
Tip: Cut bananas into small pieces so little mouths won't choke. Other soft, ripe fruits are also safe as you start feeding your child solid foods.
Start with: Avocado
What: Cubes of avocado
Tip: The soft texture of avocado makes it a perfect snack while your little one is still learning to chew. Cut the avocado into small cubes before serving.
Start With: Chicken or Meat
What: Soft chicken or meat
Tip: Pick soft chicken or meat. Puree it; when your baby is 12 months or older, you can serve her small chunks of meat.
Move to: Peaches or Pears
What: Dices of very ripe peaches or pears
Tip: Dice very ripe peaches or pears before handing them to baby.
Move to: Tofu
What: Diced tofu
Tip: Dice tofu into small squares, but remember not to force it if your baby won't eat certain foods. MayoClinic.com suggests trying repeatedly -- the exposure will help you introduce a variety of foods into baby's diet.
Then finally: Whole-Grain Bread
What: Cubes of soft, whole-grain bread
Tip: Take slices of whole-grain bread, cut them into cubes, and get rid of those hard crusts.
Then finally: Hard-Boiled Egg
What: Chopped, hard-boiled egg
Tip: The American Academy of Pediatrics says there's no evidence that avoiding eggs during early childhood will prevent a food allergy, so go ahead and chop a hard-boiled egg into small pieces for your baby.
Then finally: Graham Crackers
What: Plain graham crackers
Tip: Break crackers into small pieces so they're easy for your baby to eat.
Then finally: Vegetable Casserole
What: Small pieces of vegetable casseroleTip: Start with pasta and add marinara sauce and a vegetable or two, such as chopped broccoli and asparagus.