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When is it ok to feed my baby finger foods?

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Dr. Shalini Sethi
Pediatrics

In brief: Finger foods

Finger foods can be introduced at age above 1 year, so that the baby may not choke on them.

In brief: Finger foods

Finger foods can be introduced at age above 1 year, so that the baby may not choke on them.
Dr. Shalini Sethi
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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Pediatrics

In brief: 8-9 months

There is no rigid rule on when finger foods are appropriate.
Yet there are some useful guidelines. Once the baby can sit up unassisted, can hold her own cup or bottle, can use a palm or finger grasp, exhibits good head control, and reasonable hand-eye coordination--then she is a candidate for introducing finger foods. This typically all comes together around 8-9 months, but there is a wide range.

In brief: 8-9 months

There is no rigid rule on when finger foods are appropriate.
Yet there are some useful guidelines. Once the baby can sit up unassisted, can hold her own cup or bottle, can use a palm or finger grasp, exhibits good head control, and reasonable hand-eye coordination--then she is a candidate for introducing finger foods. This typically all comes together around 8-9 months, but there is a wide range.
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics

In brief: 7-9 months

The aap advocates exclusive breastfeeding until 6mo.
We realize this doesn't always happen, but generally the 5-6 mo period is rice cereal and oatmeal, dabbling in stage i. 6-7 months advances stage i and starts dabbling in stage ii. Depending on pincer grasp and coordination, mushy, gummable table foods or puffs can be given around 7mo, and up to 8-9 mo, when many start table foods.

In brief: 7-9 months

The aap advocates exclusive breastfeeding until 6mo.
We realize this doesn't always happen, but generally the 5-6 mo period is rice cereal and oatmeal, dabbling in stage i. 6-7 months advances stage i and starts dabbling in stage ii. Depending on pincer grasp and coordination, mushy, gummable table foods or puffs can be given around 7mo, and up to 8-9 mo, when many start table foods.
Dr. Michael Amster
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics

In brief: 9 months

In general, around 9 mo.
This may be delayed for children with specific problems (eg. Prematurity or feeding/neurologic problems). Most babies are ready for more solid foods when they have a developed pincer grasp & can pick up a small cheerio with the first two fingers. Try something easy first, such as a fruit "puff" that's easy to dissolve. If your baby chokes, you may need to give it more time.

In brief: 9 months

In general, around 9 mo.
This may be delayed for children with specific problems (eg. Prematurity or feeding/neurologic problems). Most babies are ready for more solid foods when they have a developed pincer grasp & can pick up a small cheerio with the first two fingers. Try something easy first, such as a fruit "puff" that's easy to dissolve. If your baby chokes, you may need to give it more time.
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