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Finger Foods for My 10 Month Olds

I am looking for some easy finger foods for my 10 month old twins. They both have 8+ teeth and neither of them have any allergies to anything that we know of. I feel like all they eat are cheerios, hotdogs, bananas & baby cereal. Does anyone have any other ideas of nutritious things that they can eat by themselves that doesn't take forever to prepare?

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Thank you all so much for sending me your ideas! I can't wait to let them try some of the things that you all suggested!

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Some things you could try are mixed cooked veggies, peas, cut up fruits like cantaloupe or grapes (quartered), scrambled eggs, small cubes of cheese, really anything you can cut up small enough to prevent a choking hazard.

I have a ten month old and he loves those munchkin things that you put real food in and they chew them up and it prevents them from choking! The have a netting and a handle..you can find them in any baby store. And I put avacodos, banana's, even those biter biscuits and he loves it!

Puffs, graham crackers, Gold Fish crackers, oyster crackers, shredded cheese or cheese cubes. Mine LOVES strawberries a LOT! You can also cut up grapes into quarters.

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How about trying string cheese, go-gurt, pop tarts or go tarts, Nutri-grain cereal bars are pretty soft and manageable, deli sliced meats, bologna slices, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, and my daughter loves toast cut up into strips. Seems like when it's in the strip from it's easier for her to manage.
Good luck!

My kids love dried fruit. There is a brand called Crunchies that is freeze-dried and a bit easier for kids without molars. (I've found it at Target) Otherwise my kids have always enjoyed raisins, mini ritz crackers, celery (I dice it quite small) scrambled eggs, cheese cubes, green beans, Kix, dried fruit (cherries, mangoes, blueberries, pineapple, etc) and waffles.

My 10 month old daughter loves toast, bagels, firm tofu, pasta, plain cheese, grilled cheese, and avocados.

One of the things I can suggest is to think of foods you eat...just in bite size. My kids liked pancakes and they now have those smaller ones for the toaster. Also, bite sized pasta like ravioli or tortilini (yeah, that's spelled wrong...lol). And they ate all kinds of fruit..strawberries, grapes cut in half, kiwi, peaches, etc. Veggies...steamed green bean pieces, mushrooms, canned cooked carrot pieces, cooked peas. Meats were harder, tho they ate cut up chicken ok and cooked ground beef. Hope this helps!!

Kiwi, pasta, cheese, graham crackers, goldfish crackers, eggs. By 10 months my youngest (13 months now) was only on table food and ate pretty much anything I ate cut up very small. The above were some of his favorites.

I have 10 1/2 mo old twins, so I was excited to read your responses for any more ideas that I could also use! Here are a few foods that we use a lot of--we also were not concerned with allergies, so our dr. approved some of the "hold off on" foods. Pop a frozen whole wheat waffle in the toaster & break off chunks! TOO EASY! Banana chunks are always a hit. I usually buy my veggies frozen, not canned--I'll cook some green beans & peas together, then put in fridge. Then during meal time I can just put a serving in a dish & microwave for 10-12 sec to heat. They'll keep for a few days in the fridge no problem, so you can give them a few at every meal if they need more exposure to them. I also do this with carrots and sweet potatoes, but they'll eat these straight from the fridge, no need to reheat. Cut up strawberries we just started this week. They LOVED them--I served them with some banana chunks & I think it was the most they've eaten all week! Whole wheat bread torn up. I usually buy multi-grain bagels, warm 1/2 in the micro for 10 sec. then I just tear off chunks to give them--but usually not the crusty edge (that becomes my treat). Also, cut up little cubes of cheddar cheese! Both of my daughters LOVE cheese! Those are the main things that I serve, but we've also done some of the Gerber meals, but I usually serve those via spoon, which they are "too old" for! :) They just don't like to be "fed" anymore! They love the crunchy Gerber wagon wheels & the cheesey poofs (sorry I'm not sure what they are actually called). The graham crackers are also a hit, but usually I just give them one at the end of their meal as a "dessert". They do create a bit of a mess, though. They also love tator tot hotdish & stuffing--in small amounts because of the sodium. The biggest hit of all is cut up chunks of pizza!!! GOOD LUCK, I hope I helped give you some ideas!

All food prep seems to take forever when you have twins! Where is the time?

Cut up skinned apples.

Sweet Potato is a children's favorite - sweet AND mushy - what could be better? Peel and cut the potato into "fries" - thick is good. Toss with some oil and put in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool and serve. They can be kept in the fridge for a few days too - serve them cold or warm. Regular skinned potatoes are good too. We forget how easy these foods really are when the oven is so close by.

Avocado - cut and serve. Some kids love avocado and they are so good for you! High in fat, they contain enough real food that you could live off of them.

Tofu - Get the "hard" kind: drain the water it comes in, cut up into squares and saute in a pan with some oil until they are lightly browned. I know it sounds weird, but toddlers like tofu. If they don't you're only out a few dollars. Tofu is high in protein and digests well.

French Toast is also nice and soft and easy to chew. You may consider removing the crusts, but you probably don't need to for 10 month olds if they are eating hotdogs. French toast can also be stored in the fridge and served cold.

Scrambled eggs.
Fried eggs.
Hard boiled eggs - my kids always loved these.
Macaroni - anything that isn't flat or stringy.
Steamed carrots.
Pancakes - try the whole grain and get them hooked on whole grains early.

Beans - Now I know this is totally weird but try it: Open a can of kidney beans, drain and saute with some onion and oil in a pan for a few minutes and cool. Toddlers like to pick them up one at a time - it's as fun as cheerios but better for you. Kidney beans have lots of flavor that toddlers find interesting and they are super good for you. Truly, you could just open, drain and serve ~ they will eat them if they like them either way. Then you can try other beans: black beans, pinto, chick peas, navy.... all are high in protein and can be eaten right from the can, cooked well or slightly cooked.

The more variety you can add to a child's diet when they are eating "finger" foods the better they will eat for a lifetime. May I suggest buying organic? It tastes better and will keep your babies healthier too.

My daughter loved to eat peas, green beans and carrots from the can. We would cut up the green beans into pieces and cut up the Carrot slices as well. Cut up cheese and lunch meat work well too. They sell cubed turkey and ham at Cub Foods that if you cut up smaller, work great.

Try canned veggies, such as carrots, green beans, etc. You can also try canned fruit. Just make sure the fruit is small enough. Anything that isn't too hard. Try the veggies with no added salt if you are concerned and fruit packed in it's own juices. You can try over cooked pastas, breads, etc. You can even do small pieces of meats that are not too chewey. My DR. always said that they can eat almost anything you do as long as it does not pose a choking hazard. My children were on table food by a year. Of coarse they did not always like it the first or third time they tried it but I kept offering it and they eventually ate it. P.S. Mac and cheese was a favorite of thiers.

I also have twin sons...now 22 months old. Isn't it such a blessing!! Some more ideas for finger foods...cooked pasta - mac-n-cheese, spirol noodles (I usually cut them in half or just broke them in half at first)with butter and parmesean cheese on themm, cooked veggies, grapes (cut quartered), crackers, gold fish crackers, cheetos-(not too nutritious though) they also have those biter biscuits that will last them awhile to suck on and chew on - but watch out when they get down to the last part, pretty much any fruit (don't do strawberries until 1 year) or cooked veggie will work as long as you cut it small enough, be creative They will enjoy trying new things!!!
I hope this helps!

I give my 8 1/2 month old lots of finger foods, as she is refusing mushed up food. I guess she sees her 3 year old sister eat, and wants to be just like her. So, here's the list of what she eats:

avocado, potato, sweet potato, roasted beets, pork chops, hard boiled egg-yolk only, broccoli, califlower, carrots, rice, pasta...just about anything the rest of us are eating.

Most of this stuff i just give to her in big chunks and let her chew off pieces. She has fun and feels pretty proud of herself.

My kids LOVED avacado at that age (putting them in the fridge and getting them cold just before slicing helps - and you can coat them in baby cereal if they have a hard time picking them up) and black beans from the can rinsed and slightly mashed if you think it's necessary. And both things are so healthy!

S.- Everything you eat the baby can eat as long as it is cut up small. peas, carrot, peaches, pasta, green beans, diced cooked potatoes, small pieces of hamburger, pork, chicken. Good Luck

Hey S. you can feed them Graduates from Gerber. They have a whole line of nutritious and delicious foods. Fruit, Veggies and pasta are some of the things that I feed my 9 month-old. He loves the peaches and the pasta. The pasta takes only 30 seconds to heat up and then I just cut them in half. Mandarin Oranges are another one. Just cut them in half. I hope this helps!

A little about me:

I am a SAHM. I have 2 boys, 3 1/2 and a 9 month old. My husband works so I can have my dream job of staying home with my kids.

This can be a big challenge! I have an almost 1 year old who just finally decided he likes finger foods. Some of his favorites:
grilled cheese, whole wheat waffles with applesauce on top (cub makes a great whole wheat frozen waffle and del monte makes an all natural applesuce without added sugar)baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes, wheat spaghetti noodles, french toast, scambled egg yolks, pancakes, canned or ripe fruit, toast with jam, tender cooked meat (I put meat--pork, beef, chicken, etc. in the crock pot for an easy dinner and left overs the next day--yesterday we had a beef roast cooked with water, pepper, and garlic powder), he is just starting to eat soft cooked vegetables-again I make a few extra at dinner for leftovers the next day for lunch. He also loves gerber puffs and wheels, graham crackers, and nutragrain bars. Not really a finger food but he loves yo-baby yogurt with his rice cereal/oatmeal. Good luck!

cottage cheese (I rinse and drain it), shredded mozzarella cheese, meatballs (quartered), 1/4 bagel, canned diced fruit (avoid the ones in syrup), shaved turkey slices), grilled cheese sandwiches (torn into small pieces), rice cakes, cooked beans, cooked carrots, green beans, frozen peas (GREAT for teething...read about that on Mamasource!), small pieces of pizza (with soft crust)

My kids love avacados. They are easy to serve, just halve and scoop. They are so good for them, too with all the right fats!

Some things you could try are mixed cooked veggies, peas, cut up fruits like cantaloupe or grapes (quartered), scrambled eggs, small cubes of cheese, really anything you can cut up small enough to prevent a choking hazard.

You can give them most fruits and veggies as long as they are soft or steamed. My daughter is 11 months and loves avocado (which is great for them), mangos, pears, peas, diced steamed carrots, potatoes. Also great are small lean bits of meat- chicken, turkey, fish, but NEVER hot dogs. They are a major choking hazzard and processed meats are horrible for them. More options are egg yolks (not whites), rice, noodles. There are tons of great healthy options out there and teaches them to love a variety of tastes. Good luck!

Sorry, I am way behind on my email and very sorry if I repeat what someone else has already said. I would say if they are eating some table food, I would just start dicing up what ever you cook, and feeding it to them. When my son starting eating table food, I only feed him what I thought that he would eat, and today he is 5years old and he is soooo very picky!!! My one daughter is 2 1/2 and she eats anything you put infront of her, she eats things that I won't touch, and I think that it is because I fed her what ever I made!!!! Your kids have lots of teeth, they should not have a problem with most foods.

I worked in daycare for 12 1/2 years and now I am a phyiscal therapist assistant. Some of the foods we gave the children was fish crackers, string cheese cut up, grapes cut up well any fruit cut up, some pastas, graham crackers, kix cereal. Well those are a few ideas hope it helps!!

When my son was that age, he ate a lot black beans. I just rinsed and drained and them put in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds. It's great practice for their pincher skills as well as very high in protein. Be sure not to give too many - you'll know when you see them coming out only partially digested in diapers.

Graham cracker sticks or bees are also great as are Goldfish crackers and grapes cut in quarters (halfs when a little older). The above were all favorites of my son and he's a great eater now at 2 1/2.

Avocados!!! They are wonderful. Very healthy and take seconds to cut open and slice.
Cooked and diced sweet potatoes are also a great finger food. Sometimes too much raw fruit at that age can cause tummy upset and diaper rash so I would take apples and pears and dice them up and cook them. My daughter loved it.
Banana bread with whole wheat flour can be prepared ahead of time, baked chicken cut very small, any cooked veggie.
Also, my daughter's chiropractor says that babies love flavor in their food so feel free to use cinnamon, basil, a tiny bit of sea salt, etc. Stay away from sugar, I use stevia is an alternative.
All of this stuff is super easy and FAST! Thank goodness!
Have a great day!

Frozen peas are awesome! They love to chew them on their back gums and they help so much with teething because they are hard and cold. I've never had a kid with teething issues or pain and I chalk it up to the handful of frozen peas at lunch and supper :o)
Cheerios and raisins are great finger foods too.
Mom to 4 and soon one more through another adoption.

Canned pears cut up are very soft. Grilled cheese cut up is a great one, or quesadillas. They can also start having small bites of soft pasta.

hey there! You could try macaroni and cheese, or my kids loved deli ham in little pieces, mandarin oranges, soft pears, spaghetti - chopped up, cheese slices good luck! missy

My son is 20-months now, but I'm trying to think of what else I fed him around 1-yr. Grapes - cut in half. Also Gerber raviolis - I cut them in half too. The cups of diced peaches, pineapple, pears are great! Sometimes buttered bread cut in bite-size pieces. Gerbers "puffs" are good. Cut up lunch meats. String cheese. I'm sure they'll appreciate the variety! Good luck.

We like to give our 11 month old shredded cheese, cut up lunch meat, the top part of cooked broccoli, cut up mac and cheese. We cut up whatever we are eating into small chunks. Hope that helps a little.

I have a little boy who will be 1 on March 30th. He has 6 teeth and does pretty well chomping on things! I am always looking for new finger foods! My little guy really loves Kraft American singles, graham crackers and mac 'n' cheese. I'm not sure how nutritious those are, but they get consumed in our household!

I have 2 boys 3 yrs and 1 yr old. My boys both love Ritz crackers. They dissolve easily and they can hold them. Another good treat is bananas rolled in rice crispies. Spagettios and Ravioli (cut into small pieces) are good finger foods as well. My 1 yr old hates the feeling of "slimy" foods so I make toast and cut it up small and mix it in. Then he will eat it off his tray :) Carrots and peas (Canned only, they are softer) work well. Pretty much anything that can be cut into rice crispie size pieces. My boys eat a lot of chicken nuggets, fish stix, bologna, mac n cheez, hot dogs. I work out of the home full time I feel the same way, but I have been trying to mix it more and make it a little more nutritional. I also will make smoothies......yogurt, milk, juice, frozen fruits. Blend up in smoothie maker or blender, Put it in a sippy cup with a straw and you are good to go, nutrition in a CUP :)

Mini raviolies. Gerber makes them, or you can buy them in the frozen food isle.

Pastas like bowties, corkscrew, penne are great for little fingers, cut up bits of chicken, hamburger, steak if its not to tough, roasts,fruit cups, steamed veggies cut to bit sized pieces for little mouths. Make sure that you over cook them so the lil guys can pick them up alot easier. ALSO Gerber finger foods are good too. Like their pasta pickups, my girls loved those.

Good luck

sliced apples, avocado, pineapple chunks, clementines (easy to peel), pears, frozen peas and beans (good for teething), graham crackers, cooked pasta, rice, toast. Those are a few I can think of right off the top of my head.

Good luck!

My twins, who are now 2 1/2, LOVED tofu at that age. I bought the soft type and just cut it up and served it cold. It's packed with protein.

I have a 9 month old and I found these snap pea things at hy-vee in the organic section, they are sort of like the consistency of the wagon wheels but they are peas in a pod, they are dried. And he loves gold fish, I started them earlier than i did with my first boy, but he chews really well. avocados are always good and I like really any cracker things i find in the organic section, it makes me feel a little better about giving it to him.
Good Luck,

I have found out that scrambled eggs (not too finely seperated) are a great finger food, spiral mac and cheese, and Juice removed and cut up Raman noodles. good luck

I have a ten month old and he loves those munchkin things that you put real food in and they chew them up and it prevents them from choking! The have a netting and a handle..you can find them in any baby store. And I put avacodos, banana's, even those biter biscuits and he loves it!

Puffs, graham crackers, Gold Fish crackers, oyster crackers, shredded cheese or cheese cubes. Mine LOVES strawberries a LOT! You can also cut up grapes into quarters.

I gave my son broken up pop tarts. The brown sugar and cinnamon ones are the ones I gave him, not the chocolatey ones. Also, he loved graham crackers...a bit messy, but still something different. French fries were also a big hit. They have all sorts of finger foods in the baby food section at Walmart, my friend went there to check out the options and then she just made them herself. I can't remember too many specific things she had, but that's where she got the ideas from.

First off don't give them hotdogs! They are loaded with nitrates and bad awful things kids (and adults) should not have.

*Hot dogs are generally regarded as unhealthy insofar as most have high sodium, fat and nitrate content. Contents can also be questionable, with cheaper types of hot dogs having been known to contain snouts, ears, and blended organs.*

You're on track with the Cheerios and bananas. Break up Fig Newtons into little pieces, and frozen (whole) fruit bars and fudgsicles are very good when teething.

Here's a list of finger food favorites:

O-shaped toasted oat cereal or other low-sugar cereal

Lightly toasted bread or bagels (spread with vegetable puree for extra vitamins)

Small chunks of banana or other very ripe peeled and pitted fruit, like mango, plum, pear, peach, cantaloupe, or seedless watermelon

Small cubes of tofu

Well-cooked pasta spirals, cut into pieces

Very small chunks of cheese

Chopped hard-boiled egg (after 12 months)

Cut-up raisins, softened dried apricots, or stewed prunes

Small pieces of well-cooked vegetables, like carrots, peas, zucchini, potato, or sweet potato

Small well-cooked broccoli or cauliflower "trees"

Pea-size pieces of cooked chicken or other soft meat

Rice cakes or crackers broken into small pieces

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You can also get one of those net things for foods that your children can gnaw on chokable foods through. They work great!

I have a 10 month old with only two bottom teeth. She refuses to eat baby food. So I use the pizza cutter and whatever we eat, she eats. She likes soft scrambled eggs for breakfast (not supposed to have the egg whites before one, but my doctor said it was OK for her.) She also likes the kraft cheese crumbles, I cut grapes, strawberries into small unround pieces for her but watch the quantities because too many lead to sore bottoms. Also peas and green beans. Yesterday she had spagetti, just cut up into small pieces. Loves tiny apple and peach pieces, any cooked veggies like carrots are great also. My doctor also suggested little pieces of deli meat, since it is soft and easy to chew. The only really big food allergy things that we avoid are shellfish, honey, peanut butter, and just stick with foods we generally eat ourselves cut into tiny cheerio size bites. Sounds like your two have many more teeth, and will probably have no troubles with a variety, but will probably be VERY messy :)

I am a home daycare provider and these are some things my kids really love to eat:

cut up fruit (pears, peaches, bananas, apple, avacado, mango) now is a great time to introduce new foods. if you are short on time, get some canned fruit (canned with fruit juice instead of heavy syrup)even things like fruit cocktail, mandarine oranges, or marchino cherries (halved or quartered) are great!

cereal: you're on the right track with cheerios, but change it up a little - we love Kashi, and they make a cereal similar to cheerios. rice krispies are good, too.

you'll be amazed what those little ones can eat - check out the cracker selection at the grocery store and choose a variety - then offer them with a spread or dip. my daycare kids love Nilla Wafers dipped in strawberry yogurt! You can try avacado spreads and cream cheese, too.

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