I have been giving my baby finger food from 6.5 months. She still has her tea mashed, although i know longer put it through the blender, and eats it off a spoon but only if i give her something she can hold as well. I cut carrots into long pieces and boil it so she can hold that, and i don't put carrot in her vegies anymore. For breakfast, she has her cereal which i feed her on a spoon but also has vegemite toast. For lunch she has a vegemite sandwich with some yoghurt. For morning and afternoon tea, she has cut up fruit, which i give her and she feeds it to herself. The only fruit i don't give her to have by herself is apple, which i grate just before giving to her, but she has to have other fruit too, just so i'm able to give her the apple on a spoon! Hannah will be 11 months old soon. She let me know when she was ready for finger foods, the same way she let me know she was ready for solids at 3.5 months.
mother to Hannah born August 9 2003