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At what age should he start on `hard` finger foods such as raw carrot and apple?

Hi Leanne,
I was just wondering what things I can give my 10 month old son in the way of finger foods, he has cheese toast banana, advacado and teething rusks but I am really not sure what else I should or could give him. Also at what age should he start on `hard` finger foods such as raw carrot and apple ? Thanks Leonie

Leann...
Answer: Hi Leonie, Sounds like you are both going great. It does get hard keeping the variety going. Generally from 9 months onwards you can offer bubs uncooked fruit and vegies, the only major concern is choking, so that`s where grating can be a good way to start off (see also link to tip sheet on food hazards below). You can offer your bub fine slithers though of things like apple as they are less woody and easier to chomp on. I also have some tip sheets on finger foods which may give you some more ideas, the links are: Finger foods and beyond and healthy eating habits Snack ideas Food safety I hope that helps and gives you some more ideas. Also their are lots of lovely cook books in the Woman`s Weekly range for the first year, I have a couple and used to consult them regularly. Plus I have a couple of books myself. You will find that sandwiches will begin to figure more often, which is also very handy. So you can pack a little lunchbox resembling a child`s lunch box, eg. Cheese slices, sandwich with almond paste, sliced fresh fruit and even a yoghurt. All the best, Leanne
Answered: 01 Jun 2009