Even though my kids are now past the weaning stage I remember all too well the eternal search for some good finger food ideas for baby led weaning, actually in fact for any baby led weaning ideas – of course the idea behind baby led weaning is that your baby can eat whatever you eat but as someone who tends to eat a cheese and ham sandwich pretty much every day I know I needed some inspiration too to get me out of a rut! Ideas for baby led weaning are always really popular here so I’ve asked some of my favourite bloggers to share their tried and tested ideas (I’m going to try out some with my kids too!). Need more inspiration? Stay tuned to the end of the post where I’ve got some baby led weaning meal inspiration too.
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What is baby led weaning?
Baby led weaning is basically giving your child the same meal that you eat. There’s lots of information on the NHS website here but the main things to look out for are choking hazards and salt content. I am by no means an expert on baby led weaning but it is something that I did with my daughter who totally refused to eat of a spoon (you can see my list of 40 foods she ate before she had teeth here as she didn’t cut a tooth until just before her first birthday either). My son on the other hand did have some purees but I still needed some inspiration for finger foods otherwise there would have been a lot of toast involved! Two of the books I really found were helpful were The Baby Led Weaning Cookbook and The River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook. My other essential buys were these bibs which in my opinion were worth every penny and this highchair which lasted both my kids – something that can be said for very few things!
Finger food snack ideas
Want some ideas for some easy finger food snacks you can make? Check out my video below for some of our favourites.
Finger Food Ideas for Baby Led Weaning
Toddler Approved – Omelette in a Muffin Pan
The Baker Mama – Oven Fried Broccoli
Rainy Day Mum – – Mini Mince Pie
Little Grazers – Mini Zucchini Pizzas
Must Have Mom – 3-Ingredient Toddler Bites
The Gracious Wife – Ham and Cheese Roll Ups (obviously take the cocktail sticks out for young children)
The Brewer and the Baker – Crispy Baked Zucchini Fries
Eat Drink Love – Toddler Cookies
Toddler Approved – Cinnamon Apple Pie Muffins
Fantabulosity – Graham Crackers with Bananas & Honey Dip
Little House Living – Gluten Free Sweet Potato Toddler Snack
My Fussy Eater – Sugar Free Oat Bars
My Fussy Eater – Broccoli and Cheese Frittata Fingers
Heatlhy Little Foodies – Cauliflower Tots
Then I Became Mum – Baked Apple and Pear Slices
Hello Deborah – Baby Led Weaning Pinwheels
Katie’s Cucina – Baby Approved Beef Meatballs
Powerful Mothering – Peanut Butter and Jam Pancakes
Little Grazers – Porridge and Raisin Balls
More Baby Led Weaning Ideas
Thinking of meal ideas can be tough no matter what age you are cooking for! We’ve shared loads of tried and tested recipes and meal ideas from parents, just click the link below each image to check the post out.