Finger Foods – Comparing Baby Puffs

Finger foods are a great way to build your child’s fine motor skills. But what finger foods are best for your growing baby? Small slices of banana or avocado are great nutritionally, but they can be difficult for your baby to grab since they are slippery. Have you heard of puffs? The natural market seems to have created better options than cheerios when it comes to puff finger foods. But is it really better? I looked at multiple brands and their ingredient lists. I was surprised at what I found!

a comparison of baby puffs, organic baby puffs

Happy Family – Organic Apple Puffs

Pros: Melt in your baby’s mouth, taste, contains no wheat
Cons: More than 5 ingredients, added nutrients (isn’t it best to get vitamins & calcium from whole foods?)

Plum Organics Baby Super Puffs

Pros: Taste, BPA-free packaging
Cons: Sugar is the 3rd ingredient (organic dried cane syrup), added nutrients

Earth’s Best Organic Yogurt Puffs

Pros: Taste, BPA-free packaging, meltaway texture
Cons: Sugar is the 5th ingredient (organic powdered dried can sugar), contains milk and soy

Little Duck Organics Tiny Fruits

Pros: Simple ingredients (dried fruits), no added sugars, salts, or colors
Cons: Best for babies 1 year+, expensive for the small amount you purchase

Nature’s Path Organic Millet Puffs Cereal

Pros: Zero fat, zero sugar, sodium free, one ingredient
Cons: Bland, very small to pick up

The winner for me is Nature’s Path Organic Millet Puffs. They also have organic corn puffs that are larger if your baby has trouble picking up the millet puffs. As I’ve said before I don’t like to obsess over eating. Is it okay to eat sugar once in a while? I believe yes, but overall I want to limit sugar intake and make an informed decision when feeding my baby new foods.

What finger foods or puffs have you found to work best for your children?

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  1. I actually also really love the millet puffs for myself! Sometimes I add them into yogurt instead of granola – it’s much healthier!

  2. We are doing baby led weaning with our 6 month old…do the millet puffs or corn puffs dissolve as quickly as baby puffs…(i’ve never used baby puffs so i’m not sure how to compare). Thanks!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Aubrey! The millet puffs are small and dissolve very quickly, the corn puffs on the other hand are harder in texture. I’m thinking if you soaked it in milk or water for a few minutes before you gave it to your baby it would soften up.

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