When babies are ready to transition from breast milk or formula to solids, it is an exciting time. But because they may not have teeth and are still getting used to swallowing more than liquids, not all solid foods make for good options for snacks. But this does not mean that there are not a variety of options available. This is because when prepared appropriately, there are many easy-to-eat snacks for babies just starting to eat solids.
Many times, parents have a hard time coming up with snacks for their babies learning to eat solids because they think they have to stick to traditional “snack” foods. But, when they think outside the box and use foods that may be considered breakfast, lunch, or dinner food and make that a snack food instead, there are a lot of options that open. And when this happens, making snacks for babies transitioning to solids becomes much easier to do.
Here are easy-to-eat snacks for babies just learning to eat solids.
10 Cereal O’s
With their ability to be sucked on and dissolve almost as soon as they enter the mouth, cereal o’s becomes a great snack for babies learning to eat. This is because not only are they working on their pincer grasp, but there is a low chance of choking when babies eat one at a time. All a part of learning to transition to solid foods.
9 Scrambled Eggs
With their springy consistency, scrambled eggs cut into small pieces make for a perfect snack for little ones transitioning to solids. And with there being six to seven grams of protein per egg, according to Healthline, babies are sure to get their daily allowance of the nutrient fairly easily by eating this nearly perfect food.
A snack that is great for babies’ brain development, according to California Avocados, is the avocado. With it being packed with 20 vitamins and minerals, per the publication, every bite is healthy for little ones. And because it is soft and squishy, it makes for easy food to eat for infants.
With pasta being packed full of carbohydrates, it helps to energize babies as they grow, according to Solid Starts. And with some pasta being packed with iron and B vitamins, it makes for healthy food for an easy snack for little ones just learning to eat solids.
The best part about pasta is that it can be cooked to any consistency that parents desire. Whether they want it to be softer or a bit more al dente, it all depends on the eating needs of babies and the textures that make them want to eat, and the stages they are at with their eating journey.
6 Cooked Sweet Potato
With its sweet taste and soft texture, sweet potato makes for a great snack for babies.
The fun thing about sweet potatoes is that they can be cooked and cut into small pieces or mashed. While both taste the same and have the same vitamins, minerals, and fiber, the texture is slightly different. And with the different textures it means more variety for babies when serving them snacks as they learn to eat.
5 Steamed Carrots
Steamed carrots are not only one of the sweetest vegetables that parents can provide to their babies, but they are packed full of vitamins A and K, as well as fiber, according to MedicineNet. But because they are a very bland food, per the publication, eating them does not cause irritation to babies’ still developing digestive systems.
Parents may not want to feed their babies carrots daily, however. This is because, according to MedicineNet, excess of the vegetable can cause carotenemia. This will cause babies to turn yellow as a result of too much beta-carotene in the system.
Beans make for a good snack for babies given their bland flavor, their protein, and fiber. And because all parents have to do is squish them to keep them from being a choking hazard, there is not much more of an easy snack to make for babies than some beans.
Fish may sound like a strange snack to feed babies. But, because it is a food that is easily flaked into small pieces, can be bland in flavor, and gives babies protein in every bite, it is a food that can be eaten for not just meals but for first snacks for little ones as well.
Bananas are a snack that is high in potassium, fiber, and carbohydrates. All things that babies need to thrive and grow. But it is their soft texture that makes them a good first food and snack for babies as well.
Instead of cutting bananas into small pieces, parents can cut the top part of the peel off of the banana and leave the bottom on instead. This creates a handle for the banana and allows babies to take small bites of the fruit as they are learning to eat solids for the first time.
With their slippery texture, it may seem like kiwi would be a hard fruit for babies to grasp. But, because kiwis are a superfood, according to Dished, parents should put it into rotation for babies learning to eat.
When kiwis are ripe, they are soft and do not pose a choking threat. And, if they are cut into wedges with the skin left on, babies can easily grasp and gently munch on them for an incredibly easy and healthy snack.