We know from the many messages we receive that getting started with finger foods causes a lot of anxiety!
The thought of offering your baby a piece of food to hold and bite for himself can be a scary one… after all, you’ve probably been carefully controlling the texture of his food up to now, particularly the size of the pieces he puts into his mouth.
You may fear that he will – quite literally – bite off more than he can chew, or have trouble ‘gumming’ the food to the point where he can swallow it.
In fact, we tend to under-estimate our babies’ abilities when it comes to dealing with finger foods. Most babies manage perfectly well, some with no teeth whatsoever. Our little ones would usually eat what they could, then simply spit out any tougher pieces or – in the case of certain fruits and veggies – bits of skin.
Nevertheless, the fear may persist. And if you find it’s holding YOU back in allowing your baby a little independence at mealtimes, then why not consider using a mesh feeder, sometimes known as a teething feeder?
(Already have a mesh feeder? Here’s our list of Best Foods for a Mesh Feeder)
A mesh feeder is simply a little mesh bag with a handle. You put baby’s food into the bag (ideas include raw apple, chunks of banana, frozen blueberries or grapes), then seal it up and give it to your baby.
Your little one can then use the handle to hold on and gnaw away at the bag, creating his own ‘puree’.
And the ‘puree’ is all that will get into his mouth – any peel, seeds or lumpy bits will remain in the bag!
Ideal from around 5 months onwards, the feeder…