18 (plus!) finger foods for hungry little bellies

finger food for babies

Starting solids with your bub is a momentous milestone. New tastes! New textures! New levels of mess!

But where to start? Introducing finger foods is a great way to let your child explore this new culinary frontier.

Whether you decide to begin with purees and then move on to finger foods or get on the finger food wagon from the start, here are 18 recipes and lots of ideas to get you started.

1. Getting started

Introducing your baby to finger food

Good ol’ mother nature offers up a wealth of finger foods perfect for introducing your kidlet to the world of self feeding.

Aim for stick or finger shapes as this allows your bubba to grip the food in their fist (before they develop a pincer grip) while still leaving some food hanging out for them to munch on. Basically you want to create a handle for your baby to hang on to!

The options are really endless! But here are some ideas to get you started.


  • Banana (leave a little skin on as the handle!)
  • Apple (raw or steamed)
  • Pear
  • Thick slices of avocado (not too ripe and squishy!)
  • Mango
  • Nectarine
  • Apricot


  • Cooked whole veggies (baby corn, green beans)
  • Steamed cauliflower or broccoli ‘trees’
  • Roasted or steamed fingers of sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, zucchini, capsicum
  • Raw cucumber (good for teething!)

And a handful of other non fruit/veggie ideas:

  • Toast soldiers or cruskits with avocado or cottage cheese
  • Fingers of firm-ish cheese
  • Strips of chicken, beef, lamb or pork
  • Strips of omelette (well cooked)

2. Becoming more adventurous

Finger food recipes, broccoli and cheddar frittata, fish fingers

While you don’t necessarily have to prepare special meals for your wee one (just watch the salt and sugar levels!) we all need a little inspiration sometimes. So here we have collected 18 recipes that we think your kidlet (and you!) will love.

Nuggets of nutritious gold

Chicken and veggie nuggets

Have you met a tot who doesn’t love nuggets? Try out these little nuggets of goodness with your little one – another great way to introduce meat.

Egg-y things

Broccoli and cheese frittata fingers

Little ones can spot a green thing a mile away. But add eggs (and cheese!) and all of a sudden those green things are no longer the enemy. Yum!

Have a ball

Spinach gnocc-wee

The close cousin of the nugget, these delicious ball-shaped finger foods are packed full of nutrition and will delight any hungry munchkin.

Dip it

Roast beetroot dip

We all know that dipping things makes eating way more fun (and delicious)! Try out these dips with the dipper of your choice (veggies, pita bread…) Your little minis will feel super sophisticated and love the different textures and tastes.

Sweet treats

Nut-free toddler cookies

Sweet things come in miniature size too! Here are a few little somethings that will still pack nutritional punch for your little sweet tooth.