In my opinion you should start introducing finger foods few weeks after starting to wean your baby.
On the very beginning whatever you give should be very soft :
– cooked carrot sticks
– very small baby corn crisps (one from 6months)
– Cooked Apple cut in to sticks or Banana
– cooked sweet potato cut in to stripes
– rice cakes (one from 6months)
Once you established good feeding routine at 7months you should be introducing texture to your baby food and so much more finger food.
I introduced texture to Chloes food by adding very small baby pasta or couscous to all of her meals. I would cook her normal meal, make it in to a poore and then add the texture. Also adding meat makes the food more textured when blended. For a desert I would start chopping fruits in to a very small squares and give it to Chloe instead of blended fruits. Good ideas when starting is to add some cooked apple cut in to a tiny squares in to a yogurt, or add some cut fruits in to a poored ones – banana is ideal.
From 7 months you can start giving so much more finger foods (I started earlier as Chloe was a perfect eater and we started weaning much earlier)
– Corn snacks (very big selection)
– Biscuits (baby ones, remember that they are high in sugar)
– Cooked vegetables – pretty much all of them- perfect one being broccoli, carrot, cauliflower.
– pancakes with banana or cooked apple are a perfect snack.
– sliced soft fruits : Bannana, Peach, Kiwi, Strawberry
From 8 months I became brave enough to introduce smaller vegetables and fruits like
And letting Chloe feed herself, which also helps with developing motor skills of picking small objects and putting them in to a mouth.
I also started giving her a bigger variety of fruits and vegetables :
– courgette (cooked)