Non-Slimy Finger Foods?

Do you know of any healthy finger foods for a 10-month-old that do not have a slimy texture?  I’ve been brainstorming for days, but haven’t come up with any fruits or vegetables that wouldn’t be slimy!

C is very particular about texture.  He doesn’t like to have anything sticky or slimy on his hands.  I gave him some bananas last night and he angrily flailed his arms and gave me the stink face.

This child is basically my clone.  For realsies.  *sigh*

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  1. Sarah (Smldada) says:

    Meats aren’t slimy. My dd is 10 months today and we have been doing baby led weaning. She usually has cherios in the am while I get 4 yo ready for school.

    Lunch today was half a slice of cheese and beef barley soup, – beef, carrots, parsnips, corn, potatoes.

    She loves potatoes and sweet potatoes. Black beans are fabulous. I rinse in warm running water and then give her a few spoonfuls. Frozen peas go directly on her highchair tray.

    I use a mesh feeder for mango, peaches, apples cucumbers…. Great for the 6 teeth she decided to cut at once….

    Chicken has been a pretty good hit. Pasta too in various forms, with and without sauce.

  2. Given the large amounts of questions I’ve asked B’s food therapist, texture is a very difficult thing for kids under the age of 12 months to grasp. Feel free to disagree, but she believes that babies before the age of 12 months, their months are not developmentally ready to chew, gum, swallow foods. She even went on to tell us that Cheerios are not a “infant” friendly food like everyone thinks they are (we gave them to B for as long as I can remember). Basically the foods that are developmentally appropriate under 12 months of age is food that dissolves in their mouths on contact. Gerber puffs, Gerber veggie puffs, yogurt.

    That being said, if you do want to continue to introduce him to foods, keep introducing the foods that he has issues with. We were told that a new food (especially fruits/veggies) have to be introduced at least 20-30 times before a kiddo will even begin to try them. If he isn’t interested in eating them…just let him play with them on his tray. Let him make a mess and laugh/giggle along with you while you play along with him and the food. This is all part of the developmental process w/ eating that a lot of parents are overlooking (ourselves included). We hated when B got messy and/or made a mess…so, we’d always make sure her hands/face was clean. When we really should have let her get messy and play so she could have learned more about the specific properties of food and how they relate to eating.

    I’m not trying to overwhelm you, but these are all things I wish I knew w/ B back when our first eating struggles w/ her started. Let me know if I can help answer any other questions :)

    • You really are the perfect person to answer this, Jessie! I really need to be more relaxed about C making a mess. But…what is the appropriate response supposed to be when your child throws food? That one drives me nuts!

      Thank you so much for the ideas! :)

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