The Baby-Led Weaning approach helps you encourage your little one to explore tastes and textures independently. One of the key elements of BLW is offering finger foods. These are small, bite-sized pieces of food that your baby can grasp and eat on their own, promoting self-feeding and fine motor skill development. Here’s a list of top finger foods to kickstart their weaning journey.


Here are our top 10 first finger foods for weaning a baby:

1. Roti fingers: Soft and easy to handle, roti cut into strips or fingers is a perfect introduction to finger foods. It provides carbohydrates and is ideal for dipping into mild curries or yogurt.

2. Cooked potato cubes: Boiled or steamed potato cubes are a great choice for tiny hands. They’re soft and nutritious, providing carbohydrates and essential vitamins.

3. Paneer cubes: Paneer is a protein-rich food that’s perfect for BLW. Cut it into small, manageable cubes that your baby can easily grasp.

4. Cooked carrot sticks: Steamed or roasted carrot sticks are a familiar and nutritious option. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, promoting eye health.

5. Khichdi: Khichdi is a wholesome dish made from rice and lentils. It’s soft, easily digestible, and can be served in small portions to your baby.

6. Moong dal chilla (split green gram pancakes): These soft and protein-packed pancakes are perfect for little fingers. They offer a taste of cuisine with their mild flavors.

7. Rice idli: Soft and spongy rice idlis are an excellent choice for BLW.

8. Cooked peas: Peas are small and easy for your baby to handle. Steam them until tender and slightly mash them to serve as a nutritious and convenient finger food. Peas are rich in vitamins and fiber.

9. Semolina (suji) porridge: Prepare a simple suji halwa with a pinch of cardamom for flavor. It’s a comforting and nutritious food for your baby.

10. Murmura (puffed rice): Murmura is light and easily digestible. Roast it with a pinch of turmeric and offer it to your baby.


Remember to always supervise your baby during mealtime to ensure their safety. As your baby explores these finger foods, they’ll not only discover new flavors but also develop essential motor skills and gain confidence in their ability to feed themselves. BLW is not only about nourishing their bodies but also nurturing their independence and love for food. Enjoy this delightful journey of introducing solids to your little one!