Around eight months of age, if Lucy grows tired of chewing on her own fingers, you can give her finger foods. Pieces of soft fruit, cereal, bagels, cheese sticks—anything that she can hold in her hands and that will dissolve into a paste is suitable. Lucy will chew them into an unattractive mash that will dribble onto her bib, and she may even eat some of it. There are a few things to watch for with regard to finger foods. First, the high starch levels could provoke constipation. Second, if Lucy grows too fond of finger foods, she might lose her appetite for healthier foods. Finally, there’s the issue of food-as-pacifier: Once you find out that Lucy’s fussiness eases when she’s chewing on her biscuit, you may be tempted to give her another one every time she is cross.