According to KidsHealth, by 9 months of age babies develop their pincer grasp and may be ready to try simple finger foods. Finger foods should be soft, easy to swallow and cut into very small pieces. Safe finger foods for older babies include well-cooked vegetables, soft fruits such as bananas, well-cooked pasta and well-cooked finely chopped chicken. Dry cereals and crackers that will melt in the mouth and naturally soft foods like shredded cheese are also good options. Foods that can be gummed are good choices while foods that require chewing are not.
During meal and snack times nannies should expect a baby to play and experiment with finger foods. If a baby seems more interested in playing than eating, you can stop the feeding and provide toys, rather than food to play with.
It’s also important to note that a baby may reject new foods the first time they are presented due to the taste or texture. According to KidsHealth, it can take 10 or more tries before a child will accept a new food.