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Finger Foods A Fun Way to Feed

Finger Foods A Fun Way to Feed

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As your toddler grows older, he or she may want to feed himself or herself. This is a great beginning for your toddler towards developing an independent eating habit. You can help by encouraging him or her to eat varieties of foods to get all the nutrients he or she needs.

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

You can start with softer foods and gradually move towards thicker foods.

Finger feeding is fun and rewarding for toddlers; but, it is important to keep away from foods that cause choking and those with little nutritional value.

Here are some of the finger foods for your toddler:

  • Vegetables: Soft and well-cooked vegetables made into small cubes.
  • Fruits: Soft fruits made into small cubes.
  • Cereals: Well-cooked rice, toasted bread, soft-cooked pasta, high-energy biscuits and crackers.
  • Pulses and legumes: Soft-cooked sprouts, kidney beans, black-eyed peas (avoid legumes such as chana, which have thick skin).
  • Eggs: Scrambled eggs or boiled egg cut into small cubes.
  • Meat and poultry: Well-cooked chicken/meat made into small cubes or strips.
  • Fish: Boiled or baked fish strips (take care to remove all bones).
  • High-energy biscuits/crackers.
  • Cheese cubes/slices and shredded cheese.

Do not give small, hard foods, slippery foods and sticky foods to your toddler, as they can block the air passage and cause choking. Avoid junk foods that may cause choking in your toddler.

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