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Healthy and Easy Baby Finger Foods & Printable

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With my first baby I was all about the homemade baby food.  I spent hours and days cooking different foods and pureeing them into baby food.  My baby had a wonderful and healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables.  With my second I was flabberghasted when she wouldn’t eat ANYTHING with a mushy texture!  I thought for a bit that she just wasn’t ready, but after we passed the 7 month mark I started trying some new things and figured out that she loved finger foods, she just wouldn’t eat anything mushy.  With my first I didn’t do table food until much closer to one and so I really had to think to figure out what finger foods would be appropriate for a new eater.

When you browse down the aisle at the store they offer a multitude of baby finger foods in a can, but I just couldn’t justify feeding my baby a diet of puffs and the equivalent of baby cheetos.  Some of the other issues I had besides health was that I needed something that was equally healthy and easy, and since we are constantly on the go I have to have something I can grab quickly and take with me just like you can a jar of baby food.  After some trial and error we have found some great alternatives for for me to feed her that were 1. Healthy 2. Easy  and 3. Portable.  That made us both happy!  So whether you are trying out baby led weaning or you are at the stage where you are moving from puree to more table food this is a great list to keep handy to keep it healthy and keep it easy.

Baby Led Weaning Foods

Everything on the list below is EASY!  Also, most of it can be prepped ahead of time and frozen so when you are on the go all you have to do pop a container out of the freezer and jet out the door.  Freezer cooking baby style!  I try to introduce a variety of healthy foods to help form a well rounded eater.  Also, as we mentioned in our Easy and Healthy Toddler Snacks post, it can take up to 10 introductions for a kid to try a food, so don’t give up on healthy foods if they don’t like it on the first couple of trys! Also, Check out our post on Spicing up Your Baby Food to see how to incorporate new flavors for your little one! Remember that you should only offer your baby foods that are cool, soft, easily mashed and age appropriate.  Also, babies should always be supervised while eating any food.

Freezer Friendly Foods:

  • Cooked Carrots- I microwave baby carrots in a bowl covered with water and chop into small bites (16oz for 6-8 min)
  • Cooked Peas- I use canned, no salt added because they are the most mushy
  • Cooked Green Beans- I use canned, no salt added because they are the most mushy, diced
  • Cooked Black Beans- I use canned, no salt added because they are the most mushy
  • Other Cooked Beans- Anything soft, although if they are larger you might need to dice them as well
  • Cooked Corn- I use canned, no salt added
  • Cooked Broccoli- diced
  • Whole Wheat Bread- diced
  • Cooked Sweet Potato- Wash and leave in produce bag, microwave in bag for 4-6 min, diced
  • Avocado diced
  • Soft Cheeses- cheddar, mozzarella, colby jack, provolone etc diced
  • Cooked Pasta- diced
  • Cooked Butternut or Acorn Squash- Cut in half and microwave until soft, diced
  • Eggs- scrambled and cut into bits
  • Brown rice- cooked
  • Very Ripe Pears- diced
  • Very Ripe Mango- diced

Other Great Healthy Finger Foods:

  • Banana- diced
  • Blueberries cut in half or slightly mashed
  • Kiwi- soft and ripe, diced
  • Peaches- soft and ripe, diced
  • Very ripe tomatoes, diced without skin
  • Cheerios
  • Baby Mum Mum
  • Watermelon- diced with no seeds
  • Other very ripe Melons- Cantelope, Honey Dew etc. Diced
  • Graham crackers-very small pieces
  • Organic Puffs

Since these finger foods are our main source of nutrition (outside of breast feeding), I like to fix myself ready to go packages of freezer foods.  I can prepare a lot at once by freezing them in meal sized containers.  I have quite a few of the plastic Gerber baby food containers saved that are perfect to use.  Also, Glad and Zip Lock both make 4-8 oz reuseable containers which I used when I made baby food with my first and are also perfect for this.  I prep all of my food then fill the containers with it so I can have a variety at each meal.  I will put veggies mixed together in a container but obviously things like bread and cheese should be packaged by themselves.  I use snack sized zip lock bags for this.  If you need more ideas the Wholesome Baby Food website is a great additional resource on what to feed baby and your preparation options.

Baby Led Weaning Foods


See… That was easy!  Now to make it even better, here is a free printable sheet to stick to your fridge to remind you of all the healthy meal options available for baby.  For more great posts on food for little ones and printables, check out  Easy and Healthy Toddler Snacks and Spice Up Your Baby Food!

***UPDATE- This post has been SO popular I did a whole new post with even more ideas specifically for veggies you can use for baby finger foods!  See the update here!

A TON of options for baby finger foods and how to transition to table foods. Great resource!

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  1. Tracy says

    LOVE this!!!!! I’ve already had to share this post with someone else I know had a baby that didnt like purées!

    • Kimber says

      Thank you so much for sharing! I am glad it was so helpful. I had a hard time getting into finger foods and really had to find my groove. Crazy how easy it is to forget in two years time!

  2. Jenny Walker says

    I’m so glad you posted this. I have really been slacking on feeding Stella food. I think we will try some finger foods. She does pretty good with purée’s but I would love for her to try feeding herself.

    • says

      She will love it! I think most babies really enjoy the process of self feeding and it is great for their motor skills! You will be surprised how quickly she gets the hang of it and starts gobbling up everything in sight!

  3. Christie says

    Thank you so much for this list and your spicing up baby food and toddler snack lists! I have a 9 month old and preparing his meals has felt like so much extra work lately! He loves to feed himself so I always need to have a variety of things he can do that with. I just had all of the foods separate in the freezer and I would steam as needed. I like the idea of mixing up different foods and freezing them together. I also appreciate your cooking in the microwave tips.

    • says

      You are so welcome Christi! We are just thrilled that you love it! It is so nice to be able to get new ideas for baby especially in the food department! I know I get in a rut so easily! Stay tuned for more great baby tips!

  4. Lauren says

    I LOVED finding this! My 9 month old has started eating puffs better on his own and I can tell he really wants to eat on his own. Will only having 2 bottom teeth prevent him from eating some of this successfully? I’m a first time mom still figuring this all out! 😉

    • says

      Lauren! Don’t worry! We have ALL been there! I’m on number 2 now and I still don’t know what I am doing half the time! If you have questions always consult your doctor, we are not experts, just speaking from our own experiences. With that said, my baby girl is 10 months now and has been eating all of these foods since she was 7 months and had absolutely no teeth! Just make sure things are super mushy when you cook them and cut them into very small pieces. Things like beans you can smash a bit with your fingers before you give it to them. Also, if it still makes you nervous put it into your mouth and see if you are able to break it up without your teeth and that can give you piece of mind that if you can they should be able to also.

  5. Shannon says

    Going to try doing this on the weekend. I was wondering if the canned vegetables need to be warmed up first or if they are already soft enough before you freeze them?

    Thanks for the great ideas!

    • Chelsea says

      Thank you for the posting this question! I have the same question – do the canned veggies need to be warmed up first before freezing them? Also, what do you do to defrost when it comes to meal time?

        • says

          Hi Jessica! If I knew I was going to use a certain amount the next day, I would just pop them in the fridge the night before. Then I would heat them up just a tad in the microwave, although you have to be really careful to make sure there are no hot spots before giving to baby. I would also take them straight from the freezer to the microwave when I needed to. You could really heat it up any way that you prefer to heat your food.

    • says

      I don’t warm them. I just prep them as I want them and pop them in the freezer. I find that canned veggies are really soft and easily mashed by babies gums where as the frozen ones can be a bit tougher.

  6. Holly says

    LOVE!!! I have been looking for ideas for finger foods, especially vegetables. So glad to see that others use canned veggies.

    • says

      I am so glad it could be helpful for you! Thank you for commenting! I know you might get a bigger nutritional punch from frozen but at some point it is just worth the ease! I mean really, who is judging if your kids is eating veggies?!

  7. Ksiu says

    canned veggies. Not sure about it… There is zero nutrients and vitamins left. What is the point of giving it to your child? Would it be a better idea to cut up and steam some fresh veggies?. I know it is an extra step but it is 100 times better!

    • says

      You are right that steamed veggies have more vitamins and nutrients. If I have time I love to make them this way. I don’t always have the time though so there are many times I do use canned. Also, both of my kids have preferred the texture of the canned veggies when they were learning to eat. In my opinion, if you are training them to like healthy food and feeding them a balanced diet, you are doing a great job as a mom whether it comes from a can or a steamer.

      • Nicole says

        I agree!! And thank you my 10 month old just started refusing food until I figured he didn’t want me feeding him! Suddenly a mad dash for more ideas!! Especially as he tends to want to not chew and swallow what he can in big chunks! Great ideas! I do fresh when can also but can food is a life saver sometimes :0)

  8. Jenna says

    So how would I prepare all this and get it ready to serve?! I’m knew to the finger foods and my baby hates jarred food. She’s 7 months old.

  9. Stephanie says

    I don’t feel that this is a healthy diet for a baby under 12 months. Canned beans and packaged bread have tons of sodium. Sure you say that you’re using no salt added canned veggies, but you say you’re using them because they’re the mushiest (not because salt is really bad for infants). Infants’ kidneys cannot handle extra sodium in their diet. I feel that if one is looking for convenient food to feed their baby (that isn’t a puree), one should opt for frozen veggies that do not contain sodium.

    • says

      Frozen veggies are a great option too. Feel free to use whatever you think is the best option for your family. For us canned worked well, but anyone who is changing diet for their baby should consult with your child’s pediatrician when changing to solids and follow their recommendation. All of my children were breast fed until a year, so I don’t really see the solid food as a primary source of nutrition, but rather something that helps them to learn about textures and how to eat solid foods.

  10. Alisha Cook says

    I love this post I’m on my 3rd and still can’t remember what to do to start with finger foods! It must be a mom thing! lol So do you cook all the food before freezing it? By the way I love your name! My daughter is 9 months old and her name is KIMBER too! Thanks again for such a helpful post! :)

  11. Kat Withers says

    I just came across this on Pinterest and it is amazing!! My 7 month old loves finger foods, too, but I am uncomfortable with only giving him the mum-mums, puffs, and graham crackers. He gummed a peach with me yesterday, and after reading this list, I’m going to start preparing him a healthier variety of finger foods. He’s going to be a happy little pumpkin!! I can’t believe I didn’t think of this before, although my first was like yours – content to eat smooth foods. Thank you for sharing!

  12. says

    This is an awesome post I found on Pinterest. My baby is formula fed and then moved on to purees. She is currently 10 months and I want to start moving her into solid whole foods. I, like you am constantly on the go. When freezing your foods, do you keep them packaged in the freezer or Gerber containers while on the go and how do you go about reheating when a microwave is unavailable?

  13. Bryn says

    My eight-month-old get frustrated if the pieces are so small that you can’t pick them up leaving me to giving her pretty large pieces and then getting super nervous about her choking. She’s pretty good with puffs but it’s is the slippery stuff like avocado and sweet potato etc. that I think would be really hard for her. Did you find it to be a problem for your LO?

    • says

      All of my kids were so different! It is crazy how one does something and another won’t. You might try crushing up cheerios or crackers into a fine crumb and shaking the “slimy” foods in it so that it is coated. This will make it much less slippery and it might be easier for your little one to grab onto it!

  14. Margaret Mullinary says

    These are all fantastic. But I have to mention I was shocked to see that you wash a sweet potato then microwave it in a produce bag. If you are microwaving any food I wouldn’t suggest doing so in any type of bag. Especially if you’re feeding that food to a baby!!!

  15. says

    This is exactly what I was looking for. I was doing this out of necessity, my daughter (1yr old), wouldn’t eat baby food or cereal so I started sharing my food with her, its less stress for us both. Thankfully she loves nursing and is still getting most of her nutrients from breast milk.

  16. Ashley says

    Did you cook the vegetables that were in the cans before freezing them? Or did you just put them straight from the van into containers to freeze? Also did you freeze your cheese and bread snack bags for baby as well or just put those in the refrigerator to have as you need them ready? First time mom here trying to transition into table foods as smoothly as possible!

  17. says

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences of BLW! I have babyled both my children and nowadays they eat just about anything they get served. I am so happy I have let the joy of eating be the guideline in my home!


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