The Pincer Grasp has arrived!

The pincer grasp is starting, people!! Can I tell you how excited I am that Baby Girl can now pick up little pieces of food? When we first started introducing solids, I attempted the method of feeding called Baby Led Weaning that gives baby long thin pieces of soft foods like avocado, strips of banana, etc. BG did pretty great with this method and was able to hold the long strips and gum away at the food.

As soon as teeth started popping through though, she would take gigantic bites, which completely freaked me out. Back to purees, kid. Mommy is about to have a heart attack over here as you swallow giant strips of banana.

So I went back to purees. Unfortunately, that little taste of independence left Baby Girl with a newfound dislike of spoons being put into her mouth. “Hi Mom! Let me just glare at you with my mouth shut as you try to feed me that puree.” Fail.


So for about a month we tried pouches, giving her toys while we spoon fed, or sticking pea-sized pieces of food into her mouth off of our fingers. It was okay, but I didn’t feel like this was a great way to teach her how to eat.

So now it’s here…the pincer grasp. She can pick up tiny pieces of food that she really shouldn’t choke on. YES!!!

Here are some of the foods she likes, can pick up, or have some independence with:

  • Tofu:
    Cut into pea-sized cubes. Cold or microwaved for 5-10 seconds.
  • Broccoli:
    Steamed until soft. I typically hold the stalk and let her chomp off the leafy parts. You could also just cut off the stalk and cut the ends into pea-sized pieces.
  • Acorn or Butternut Squash:
    I bake it until soft (400 degrees for about 45 mins) and then cut it into pea-sized pieces.
  • Sweet Potatoes:
    I boil these until soft and then cut into pea-sized pieces.
  • Banana:
    Somewhat harder for her to pick up, so I let her try with some, but feed her little pieces off of my finger as well so she doesn’t get too frustrated.
  • Peas:
    She can pick these up and loves them! I either steam them for a few minutes or microwave for 2 minutes in water and covered with a paper towel.
  • Green Beans:
    I cook these the same as peas and then cut them into thirds/ pea sized.
  • Beans (black, kidney, chickpea):
    After soaking the beans overnight, I boil them until soft (about an hour), and then cut them in half.
  • Avocado:
    Cut into pea-sized pieces. She loves loves loves these.
  • Pouches:
    These are great in a pinch or on the go. I had to help her the first few times, but she’s really starting to get the hang of it and realized food comes out of the little spout.

It’s fun seeing how she reacts to different flavors and textures. Quinoa elicited a few funny faces. Raspberries were good the first time and then a lot of “this is disgusting” faces came the second time she tried them. 

If I were to do it over again, I would just stick to purees until the pincer grasp showed up. You live, you learn, and you make note for next time.

What foods does your little one love?

Have a great day!



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