Top Ten Finger Foods

* Steamed Veggies with sesame seeds or salt free seasoning toddlers can sprinkle on
* Ripe fruits cut into bite size pieces (mango, papaya, banana, berries, pears, peaches, persimmon, strawberries, or any seasonal fruit)
* Whole Wheat Bagels (which also make great teethers)
* Cubed tofu
* Cooked beans
* Seaweed snack
* Cheese cubes or sticks
* Edamame/soy beans
* Spoonful of nut butter (this one will keep your toddler busy for at least a few minutes- I used to give this to my puppy ;))
* Cooked pasta ( cut into bite size pieces and mixed with tomato sauce, pesto or even a touch of olive oil and parmesan)

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • CC

    A spoonful of nut butter is a choking hazard for a toddler. Just a teaspoon can block the windpipe. Nut butters should only be served to toddlers and young kids when spread thinly on crackers, etc. Fine for a puppy though!

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  • Baha

    that is right nut butter is really sticky and hard to chew even for adults!!!

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  • Tiffany

    I'm guessing she means a spoonful put on the highchair or something, it will give them something to play with and lick off their fingers :)

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  • Kayle

    Pretty common sense to watch your child with any food. My daughter did fabulous with a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter at 9mos.

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  • Melissa

    A little nut butter on a spoon that a toddler can lick off while sitting in a highchair (or other chair they normally eat in) is less of a choking hazard than letting them walk around eating other types of finger foods. The baby's saliva will break down the nut butter easier and faster than a cookie, cracker or apple.

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  • Kat

    I really just want the recipe for those animal-shaped veggie nuggets in the picture! I can't find it anywhere on the website.

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    • Catherine

      That recipe is in the cookbook! :) http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2012/06/20/im-giving-birth-to-my-third/

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  • Ashly

    My response looks confusing- I found the recepie but not bread crumbs. (See original comment below) thanks Catherine!

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    • Shivam

      Our park has that rubber type stuff. I love it beaucse he's less likely to get hurt on it if he falls.Amy - So many people say that. It's really noticeable when they are in a picture together! And we miss you all too!

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  • Amanda

    Love the ideas thanks!

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  • Shanna

    Good ideas!

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  • Sheena Ingram

    I was wondering about the edamame/soy/tofu... I have been reading conflicting things about this food.
    Some things I read say that it is a great protein and is very healthy.
    Other things I have been reading say that if it is not organic non-gmo or even if it is organic non gmo it can cause cancer because of the high estrogen levels in it.
    I would like to try it but, I am very conflicted about this. Can you add any insight??!
    Thank you!

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