Finger food might help baby develop healthier habits

February 8, 2012 2:36:26 PM PST
Babies may develop healthier eating habits if they skip the pureed food stage and go straight to finger food.

A study in the British Medical Journal look the detailed weaning style and food preferences of more than 150 babies.

The children who went from breast milk or formula to cut up pieces of soft table foods liked carbohydrates more. The spoon-fed babies like sweets more.

Also, researchers say more of the spoon fed babies were obese or overweight. One theory is that allowing babies to feed themselves during weaning helps them to pay attention to their appetites and develop control over food.