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Finger foods and healthy snacks during weaning

From 7 months of age, offer your baby finger foods.

Fruit and vegetable finger foods:

  • peeled cucumber
  • soft slices of peeled fruit like ripe pear, banana, peach, nectarine, mango, melon, kiwi
  • soft cooked sticks of vegetables like carrot, parsnip, green beans, turnip
  • soft cooked baby sweet-corn, mange-tout or sugar-snap peas
  • soft cooked florets of cauliflower and broccoli
  • soft cooked slices of pumpkin or butternut squash

Bread and pasta finger foods:

  • fingers of toast
  • 3 to 4 well-cooked pasta shapes like bow ties or shells
  • bread stick with hummus
  • a strip of naan or pitta bread with hummus or smooth peanut butter
  • plain rice cake or unsalted crackers
  • 1 small pancake
  • soft roasted or sticks of potato or sweet potato

Cheese finger foods:

  • stick of firm cheese such as cheddar

Meat, poultry and eggs finger foods:

  • strips of freshly-cooked tender meat or chicken with skins removed
  • slices of omelette


Never leave an infant alone during feeding as they could choke.

Watch a video on introducing finger foods from around 7 months on

Finger foods from 7 months on - HSE

Page last reviewed: 14 October 2022
Next review due: 14 October 2025

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 123.