Clean Finger Foods for Babies of Moms Who are Terrified of Choking

If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a parent, it’s that I need to get my kid developing her pincer grasp or she’s never going to college. How do I do that? Cheerios. According to many of the popular baby sites, Cheerios are a perfect first finger food, and help babies develop their fine motor skills.

That seems awfully convenient for General Mills, and I prefer to give my daughter homemade food for now. Also, I’m terrified that she may choke.

To that end, I’ve identified three foods that are solid enough for A to pick up, but soft enough that there’s no way they’re going down whole.

  1. Sweet potato blobs. Bake a sweet potato until super duper soft, then spoon little blobs out.
  2. Peeled peas. Did you know you can peel peas? I didn’t either until I started my pincher-grasping anti-choking mission. Steam peas until they’re soft, then gently squeeze them so that the skin splits and the soft part in the center comes out.
  3. Egg yolk. This one is my favorite because it’s so easy. Boil an egg, and chop the yolk into pieces. Done.

So there you have it. Three foods that will help your baby safely learn to self feed.

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