When we had our first daughter, I read and learned about baby-led weaning, and the concept really resonated with me. It just made sense to me. So when my daughter was about 7 months old (I wanted to do exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months), we started introducing simple toddler finger foods.
Some of the very first toddler foods we introduced were banana wedges and avocado wedges. In the coming weeks we also gave her strawberry slices, cheese “strips” (a thicker slice of cheese cut into long strips), toasted Os, hard-boiled eggs, watermelon wedges, orange slices, and kiwi wedges.
We didn’t use traditional bottled baby food (it’s so expensive, and we lived on a pretty small budget), but using these toddler finger foods worked just great for us. Plus, making toddler finger foods (and even making baby food, like pureed carrots and peas and applesauce and so on) is really easy!
Read on to learn the best, and easiest, toddler finger foods to feed your little ones!
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Easy Toddler Finger Foods
In the article I share some of my favorite toddler finger foods. Most of these are the foods that we fed our own kiddos when they were toddlers, and they worked just great.
We didn’t feed our babies traditional baby food from a jar (we made our own, but honestly not a ton of it), so these toddler finger foods were the way to go for us.
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55+ Quick and Easy Toddler Finger Foods
Here is my big list of more than 60 toddler finger foods. For your convenience, I have categorized them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals, but don’t feel bound by that. If you want to feed your little one pancake or waffle strips for dinner, for example, go for it!
Toddler Finger Foods for Breakfast
Pancakes, cut into strips
Waffles, cut into strips
Crepes, cut into strips
French toast, cut into strips
Soft muffin, cut into thick slices or wedges (less crumbly = less messy)
Scrambled eggs, not broken up too small
Cereal bars, cut into strips or chunks
Hard boiled egg
- Banana wedges
- Strawberry slices or wedges
- Raspberries (cut in wedges, if big)
- Blueberries (cut in wedges, if big)
- Watermelon (cut in wedges, if big)
- Orange slices or wedges
- Kiwi wedges
- Mango wedges
- Avocado wedges (make sure avocado is ripe and soft)
- Pear wedges (from soft pears)
- Cantaloupe wedges (soft)
- Honeydew (soft)
- Cherry tomatoes, halved
Toddler Finger Foods for Lunch
Below you will find in this section some of the best toddler finger foods for lunch.
Whole wheat crackers with cheese wedges
Quesadillas, cut into strips
Chicken, cut in wedges or large chunks
Large, soft meatballs
Chicken nuggets (you can find a tasty chicken nuggets recipe here)
Peanut butter sandwiches, cut in strips or large chunks (for older toddlers)
Rolled up luncheon meat with cheese cubes or wedges
Mini corn dogs
Grilled cheese sandwich, cut in wedges (older toddlers)
Any of the ideas from breakfast
Toddler Finger Foods for Dinner
These are some of my favorite 3 ingredient dinner recipes.
Fish sticks and fries (for older toddlers)
Soft meatloaf, cut into strips
Cooked macaroni or spaghetti noodles (just leave off the sauce when you make mac and cheese or spaghetti; my kids ate this well past the toddler stage)
Bean and cheese quesadillas
Veggie mac and cheese (kind of messy as a finger food; mac and cheese muffins are a good alternative)
Diced hot dogs (make sure they are diced, to avoid a choking hazard) and sweet potato fries
Pizza quesadillas (quesadillas with pepperoni and other fun fillings)
Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Cups (cut into pieces)
Any of the ideas from the list of toddler finger foods for breakfast or lunch
Toddler Finger Foods for Snacks
In this section I share some of the best toddler finger foods you can use for snacks. (Actually, you can use most of the ideas above for snacks, too!)
Soft pretzel bites
Cheese cubes or wedges
Popcorn (no hulls)
Toasted Os or other breakfast cereals
Wheat or snack crackers
Fruit wedges (see the list above in the breakfast section)
Baby carrots, cooked to be soft
Cauliflower and broccoli florets
Raisins or craisins
Cheese crackers (or Goldfish)
Apple wedges (for older toddlers)
Cheese wedges or cheese sticks
Fruit snacks (candy)
Rolled up luncheon meat
Toddler Finger Foods for Treats
Here are some simple ideas for finger food treats that you can give your toddler. (For older toddlers; we didn’t introduce sweets to our older daughter till she was around 2. With our two younger kiddos, that was tougher, since we already had the older one to tempt them. :))
Of course, there can be some overlap here with the list of snack ideas above.
Other store-bought cookies
Frozen yogurt pops
Freezer pops or popsicles
Brownie bites (you can easily cut up brownies yourself for this)
Cupcakes (kinda messy, but less messy if you leave off the frosting)
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I hope you enjoyed this list of fun and easy 3 ingredient recipes. Those are some of the best easy 3 ingredient recipes for families. Most of these easy 3 ingredient recipes are budget friendly, too, which is a huge plus in my book!
What are some of your favorite easy 3 ingredient recipes? What simple three ingredient recipes do you love and make again and again? Leave a comment below and let me know! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!