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are simple finger foods safe for nine to twelve month old babies?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Try to avoid foods that often trigger allergies in babies. Egg whites and chocolate should be avoided until after one year. Orange juice, tomatoes, peanut butter and strawberries are often hard on babies. This is also a good time to begin massaging babies gums with a soft cloth so a toothbrush will be accepted later. I will do a blood check for anemia.
Dr. Ivy Fisher
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Finger foods 9-12 mo: The babies have their teeth come in at ~ 9-11 mo, they can chew and eat finger foods blended or soft to swallow.

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