The Best First Finger Foods

Around 8-10 months of age, most babies will be ready to try finger foods. Every baby is a little different, however, so it’s more important to watch for the signs of readiness than to be concerned with your baby’s age. As with most milestones, some babies will be ready early while others won’t start finger foods until later. Don’t worry if your baby isn’t ready even by 10 months – it will happen soon enough!

Signs of Readiness for Finger Foods

In order to be ready for finger foods, your baby must have all of the same signs of readiness for solids, as well as a few other skills. Your baby should be able to sit up in a high chair without extra support, and should hold her head up without any difficulty. The tongue thrust reflex that causes babies to automatically push baby food out of the mouth to avoid choking should disappear around 6 months of age, but again every baby is different. This reflex should be gone before you offer baby finger foods.

The major skill your baby will need in order to start finger foods is the ability to actually pick up the food and get it into her mouth. At first, your baby will use her entire fist to gather up and grab food from her tray, and then attempt to shove it into her mouth. Gradually, however, she will start to use her fingers individually, and eventually adapt a pincer grasp – in which she will use her forefinger and thumb as a “pincer” to pick up food one piece at a time and bring it to her mouth. Although you can let your baby practice before she really gets the pincer grasp, it is one of the best signs of readiness for finger foods.

Choosing Finger Foods for Baby

The best finger foods for babies have a few things in common: they are easy to pick up, they are soft or will easily become soft in the mouth, and they do not present a choking hazard. To test a food before giving it to your baby, put it in your mouth and use only your tongue and the roof of your mouth to mash it. See how quickly it becomes soft and how easy it is to mash without using your teeth. Foods that dissolve easily and don’t require teeth to break up are good finger food choices for baby.

Some of the classic first finger foods for babies include dry cereal (such as Cheerios), small pieces of soft fruit or cooked vegetables (peas are perfect as they are small, easy to grasp, and mash easily without teeth) and pasta. Choose small types of pasta such as elbow macaroni or shells, and cook it very well (softer than al dente, which is how adults normally eat pasta) so that it will be easy for baby to mash in his mouth. While you might prefer your pasta in a sauce, it’s best to skip it when serving pasta to baby as a finger food. Sauces can make the pasta more slippery and hard for your baby to grip. They will also make the feeding process a lot messier!

Crackers that dissolve easily are another great idea for first finger foods. Choose low-sodium saltines or graham crackers, both of which become soft quickly when moistened. There are also some crackers on the market aimed at babies, but beware of teething biscuits, which are entirely different! Soft, small pieces of cheese are another excellent finger food, but be sure to cut them small as cubes of cheese pose a choking hazard.

Cheese isn’t the only potential choking hazard, so use caution about the size of every finger food you offer, and keep a close eye on your baby while she eats.

Heating Baby Food in the Microwave

Warming baby food in the microwave is convenient and fast – you can go from freezer to table in a few short minutes. There are some potential issues to be aware of; however, should you choose to use the microwave for warming baby food. Much of the information regarding the use of microwaves is conflicting, so it comes down to a personal choice. Most experts, however, will agree that heating baby food in the microwave is safe, but certain precautions should be taken.

Proper Heating in the Microwave

If you bottle fed your baby, you probably remember hearing that heating a bottle of formula or breast milk in the microwave is can cause problems with hot spots. This is true of microwaving food as well. Microwaves do not cook evenly, which is why many of them are equipped with a turntable that rotates the food for more even heat distribution. You can’t trust the turntable to make sure there aren’t any hot spots in the food, however, so you should make sure to stir the food thoroughly after heating, and check the temperature in various spots before serving. This will make sure baby doesn’t suddenly get a bite that is way too hot, in a dish of food that appeared to be at a good temperature. If your microwave doesn’t have a turntable, rotate the food manually during heating.

Start with the lowest cooking time you think will do the job, and then stir, test, and heat more if necessary. This will avoid overheating the food. When heating baby food, you should bring it to a high enough temperature to kill any bacteria that might be present, and then let it cool to a safe eating temperature. Microwaves can quickly overheat food far beyond the necessary temperature and cause the food to overcook or even burn. Watch closely and monitor the temperature to avoid this.

Vessels for Microwave Heating

The bowl you choose to heat your baby’s food in matters when it comes to microwave cooking. Make sure the bowl is labeled as “microwave safe”. Just because it is plastic doesn’t mean it’s ok to microwave! Some plastics can melt or leach chemicals into food when heated. A glass bowl is almost always a better choice for the microwave than plastic for safety, but glass can get hot so use caution when removing the dish from the microwave after heating.

Make sure that you cover the bowl to prevent splattering of food, but never use aluminum foil, as it can spark in the microwave and cause a fire. The same goes for any sort of metal utensil – don’t leave a metal spoon in the bowl while heating.

Thawing in the Microwave

The best way to thaw frozen baby food is in the fridge, but if you are in a hurry the microwave will do the job. You should be sure to cook food thawed in the microwave right away, though, and not save it for later as it can easily start to cook in the microwave even if you are only trying to thaw it. Partially cooked foods can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

While there have been concerns raised about microwaves in the past, currently, they are considered a safe method of heating baby food. As long as you follow all safety precautions, there is no reason you shouldn’t use this convenient kitchen tool to get baby’s food ready fast.

Storing Leftover Baby Food

Baby food can be expensive, and nobody wants to waste good food by having to throw it away after a feeding. Unfortunately, baby food can easily become contaminated, so use caution to avoid having to waste more food than is necessary and keep baby safe at the same time.

Avoiding Waste

Whether you are using homemade baby food or jarred food, the same rule applies; any food that has touched the spoon you used to feed the baby needs to be thrown away. After the spoon has been in your baby’s mouth, it carries bacteria back to the dish which then contaminates the food. If the bacteria are allowed to stay in the food and be re-introduced to your baby later, it could cause illness. Even if the food has been refrigerated, the bacteria can still proliferate and pose a danger to your baby.

It can be hard to tell how much your baby is going to eat at any given feeding. It’s possible you will need the entire portion you have set out, or the entire jar. If baby gets full halfway through, or really just isn’t in the mood after a few bites, that entire portion will have to hit the trash. Avoid this by spooning out small amounts at a time into a small bowl for feeding. If you need to add more, use a clean spoon – not the one you are feeding baby with – to add another portion to the bowl. This way you don’t contaminate all of the food. As long as you don’t put the feeding spoon into the main portion of food, you can safely refrigerate for later use.

How Long is Baby Food Good For?

This depends on any number of factors including whether the food is homemade or jarred, the type of food, and if it has been frozen and then thawed. A general rule of thumb to follow, however, is to toss anything in the fridge after 2-3 days. Some foods won’t even last that long. Baby cereal made with breast milk tends to get very soupy due to the action of enzymes in the breast milk. It is usually only good for the one feeding. Foods like bananas and avocadoes turn brown very quickly due to oxidation. While it isn’t necessarily bad for baby, it sure doesn’t look appetizing.

Meat, poultry, fish and eggs should be used within 24 hours, as they don’t last as long as fruits and vegetables and can become contaminated with bacteria easily.

Most jarred baby food will have instructions as to how long the food is good for once opened. Remember that the expiration date on the jar only refers to how long the food is good if the jar has not been opened! While the food can last quite a while with the lid sealed, the shelf life quickly diminishes once opened, even if you don’t feed directly from the jar.

Your baby’s immune system still isn’t ready to deal with a bacterial infection, so be sure to follow safe handling practices for all baby food. Although feeding from the jar is convenient, it isn’t safe if you want to feed the rest of the food later. Anything that is leftover, whether in the jar or in a bowl, should be thrown away right after the feeding if baby’s spoon was in the food. It might be hard to accept the waste, but your baby’s health is at stake.

Starting Baby on Snacks

When your baby starts to master the art of eating solid foods and increases his intake, you will probably start thinking about adding a snack or two to his diet. The key to giving your baby snacks is to remember that they should be small portions and should be healthy choices. Snack time is also a great time for baby to work on his pincer grasp, so finger foods are a great choice.

When to Add Snacks

Most babies will start on finger foods at around 9 months of age, when they start to develop the pincer grasp. This is a great time to add a snack to your baby’s menu. Remember that during these early days of solid foods, your baby is still getting most of his nutrition from breast milk or formula. Snacks are about developing skills more than about nutrition.

That doesn’t mean that what your baby eats for a snack shouldn’t be nutritious! At this age, everything your baby eats should be basic, healthy foods, and this includes snacks. Start with one small snack a day. You might want to save it for a time when you need a few minutes to accomplish something, especially if you plan to serve a finger food as a snack. As with meals, serve snacks after a breast or bottle feeding to ensure the solid food does not replace the essential nutrition of breast milk or formula.

Good Snack Choices for Babies

Healthy snacks for babies should be fairly similar to the foods they are eating as meals, with the exception of adding some classic finger foods. Remember that a snack should not be a meal, but should be small portions of a food that will help baby hang in until the next scheduled feeding. Before serving any snack, make certain your baby is able to eat the food in question – you should be seeing signs of the ability to mash food with her gums and she should be handling thicker, chunkier foods. Otherwise, you will have to stick to smooth snacks that don’t require chewing.

Fruit, cereals like Cheerios, yogurt and cheese are all great snack choices for babies. Soft fruits like bananas and peaches make great snacks that baby can easily mash with his gums. Be sure to cut them into small enough bites to avoid any risk of choking.

Many babies love cheese, and it makes an excellent snack. It’s a good source of protein as well as calcium. Cut it into small slices, and start with a fairly soft, mild flavored cheese like mozzarella. You can then move on stronger cheeses as baby adjusts. A few pieces of cheese served with a food that provides fiber, such as applesauce or whole grain cereal like Cheerios will make a good balanced snack with both protein and fiber for sustained energy.

As your baby eats larger meals more often, you will probably want to add a second snack. Into the second year of life, when formula or breast milk no longer provides all of baby’s nutrition, baby should be eating three meals a day along with two snacks. At this point, it will become more important to provide nutritious snacks that will keep baby going until her next meal. As baby grows, her snack options will expand along with her skills; she will be better able to chew and will often eat snacks without much assistance, giving mom a much-needed break.

Tips for Safer Finger Foods

Babies have a wonderful time learning to self-feed with finger foods, but there are a number of risks associated with finger foods. Follow this checklist for finger food safety to avoid putting your child at risk of choking.

Cook It Very Well

Adults prefer their vegetables with a little bit of crunch and their pasta al dente, but for a baby to eat these foods they must be a lot softer than how you might serve it on your own plate. Foods like peas, diced carrots, green beans, kernel corn, and potatoes all make excellent choices for finger foods, but need to be cooked until they are very soft. Gently squeeze a piece of the food between your thumb and forefinger. It should require very little force to break the piece down. Although this will also mean that your baby may accidentally crush it before getting it to her mouth, it’s better than trying to dislodge it from her airway. Pasta should also be cooked until it is very soft. Small pieces of meat can be served as finger food, but must be cooked until they are very tender.

Place the baby food in your mouth, and see how easily you can crush it without using your teeth. This is a good test of how well your baby will be able to mash it with her gums.

Cut It Small

Bites of finger foods should be small enough that they won’t become lodged in your baby’s throat, causing choking. Never serve baby a round food without cutting it up further. This applies to foods such as hot dogs, grapes, and other similarly shaped foods. Cheese is also a common choking hazard; cut it into small strips rather than chunks or cubes. Shredded cheese is a great idea for babies, but use shredder with large holes to make pieces big enough to grasp.

Serve It Slowly

Babies don’t always wait until they have swallowed before shoving more food in, which can cause choking due to too much food being in the mouth at once. Place only a few bites at a time in front of your baby to reduce the likelihood that he will cram too much into his mouth. Watch carefully, and remind him to chew and swallow before taking another bite.

Only At the Table!

Don’t let your baby run around with finger foods, or even crawl if he isn’t walking yet. Serve finger foods only at the table or in the high chair, where your baby will be focused on what he is doing and not on the move. Running with food in his mouth will increase the chances of food accidentally entering the airway rather than being swallowed. Keep feeding times calm and relaxed to make sure your baby eats at a reasonable pace.

Test It Before You Serve It

Just as you tested how cooked a food is with your fingers or mouth, you should test any new food you are thinking of offering to baby as a finger food. Make sure that your baby is capable of gumming the food, bearing in mind that he doesn’t have the molars to chew that you have. Even if you think it looks soft enough, it’s best to try it yourself. It also carries the bonus of checking cooked food for appropriate temperature.

Introducing Baby to Yogurt

Yogurt is a delicious, healthy snack for all ages, and makes a great early baby food. Learn what to look for in a yogurt to serve to your baby and how to introduce it.

The Benefits of Yogurt

Yogurt is full of vitamins and minerals that are an important part of a healthy diet. On top of being a great source of protein and calcium, among other nutrients, yogurt also provides probiotics. These are the good bacteria that help to keep the digestive system running smoothly and provide immune support to keep your baby healthy. Probiotics have been linked with fewer digestive problems such as gas, constipation and diarrhea in babies. They are also known to help fight yeast infections and shorten the duration of gastrointestinal illness.

Choosing a Yogurt for Your Baby

When selecting a yogurt for your baby, avoid those labeled low fat or fat free. Your baby needs the fat for brain and eye development, so look for a yogurt made with whole milk. You should start your baby with plain, whole milk yogurt, to which you can add fruit purees that you have already served and are sure baby can tolerate.

There are yogurts on the market that are intended for consumption by babies, but they usually carry a hefty price tag. You can get all the same benefits by purchasing a large tub of whole milk yogurt and mixing in your own fruits for flavor while avoiding the added sugar many of these yogurts contain. As your baby progresses, you can also add vanilla yogurt for a different flavor.

When to Introduce Yogurt

Although you may have heard the “no dairy before one year” rule, this doesn’t apply to dairy products such as cheese and yogurt. Doctors recommend against cow’s milk as a beverage before one year old because it can replace breast milk or formula and deprive baby of needed nutrients. Too much can also cause anemia. There is no risk of this with yogurt, however, as it won’t replace breast or bottle feedings.

Yogurt also does not carry the risk of a reaction to lactose, because the process by which it is made breaks down the lactose and makes it easier to digest. The same culturing process makes the protein in yogurt easy on your baby’s stomach. It is safe to introduce yogurt as one of baby’s first foods, although 7-8 months old is usually the recommended age.

Start with small amounts of yogurt, plain at first, and then start adding different combinations of fruits and even vegetables to the mix. You can also blend in some infant cereal along with the fruit for a complete, balanced meal in one. Fruits that go great with plain yogurt include applesauce, peaches, pears, blueberries and bananas. Although it seems strange to an adult palate, babies may enjoy a vegetable mixed with yogurt as well! Try sweet potatoes or pumpkin.

Plain yogurt provides a healthy base for creating all kinds of flavorful combinations for your baby to enjoy. As your baby grows, you can add chunkier fruits and even create smoothies from yogurt and fruit for baby to enjoy from a sippy cup and eventually a straw cup. Yogurt is a versatile baby food full of nutrients and other healthy components, and is a great early addition to baby’s diet.

Baby’s First Solid Foods

Although it is referred to as a solid food, your baby’s first foray beyond the breast or bottle will be anything but. Thin infant cereals and pureed fruits and vegetables are not really solid, but they are the best place for your baby to get started with food.

Does It Have to be Cereal?

Although most people do start baby on an infant cereal as his first baby food, there is no real reason why it has to be the only choice. The benefit of choosing cereal, usually rice, as baby’s first food is that it is unlikely to be allergenic and is also easy on baby’s digestive system. Other foods fit the same description as well, and in many cultures it is more common to start babies on fruits such as bananas than on grains.

You may have heard that starting baby on fruits will cause him to develop a taste for sweet and result in refusal of vegetables later in life. The truth is that babies are born with a taste for the sweet already, as breast milk is sweet. Giving fruit as a first food will encourage baby to try it, as it tastes familiar. There is no reason to think that it will affect his willingness to eat vegetables later.

Home Made or From a Jar?

The decision to make your own baby food or to buy it in a jar is purely a personal one. For some moms, home made is the way to go. It is cost-effective, wholesome, and provides the freshest possible food for your baby. Making baby food can be time consuming, however, and not every mom can fit it into her busy schedule. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing, however. You can choose a mixture of home made and purchased foods to match your time and budget.

Some foods just make the most sense to provide fresh at home. Bananas are a great first food, and they don’t need to be cooked before serving, unlike most fruits and vegetables. Choose a very ripe banana, mash some with a fork, and serve. The downside is that banana turns brown fairly quickly when exposed to oxygen, so you might want to consume the rest yourself! Avocadoes are another option that doesn’t require cooking. Some other fairly easy foods to puree for baby (these do need to be cooked) are apples, pears, and sweet potatoes.

Foods like peas might be a good choice to purchase as they are very time consuming to make at home. For baby’s first peas, you will need to strain them to remove the shells, which takes a good deal of time and effort. Other foods that can be difficult to make a very smooth puree of at home include green beans and carrots.

When making food at home, try to make a large batch and freeze it for later use. Ice cube trays are a great way to freeze small servings that can be thawed as needed. Simply spoon the puree into a tray, freeze, and then dump the frozen cubes into a zip-top bag and label with the contents and the date.

Whatever you choose as baby’s first food, be sure to introduce new foods slowly, allowing several days in between each addition to watch for any signs of an allergic reaction. If you add more than one food at a time, it may be difficult to know which one is causing the problem. Also, remember that a baby may take many tastes of a food to decide she likes it, so if she refuses at first, don’t give up on the food. Keep offering it, and you might find she changes her mind.

Starting Your Baby on Meat

Although most parents wait to introduce meat to baby, there is really no reason to put it off. Your baby can try pureed meat as one of his earliest baby foods if you like, as there is no scientific evidence to show that introducing foods in a certain order matters one way or the other.

Meat is a wonderful source of iron, a vital mineral to your baby’s growth and development. Many babies are at risk for anemia, a condition that develops due to a deficiency of iron, and adding meat to your baby’s diet can help to prevent this. Although your baby does get iron from breast milk or formula, the additional iron in meat can fill in the gaps, and provide iron in a much more absorbable form for the body that that found in formula.

Which Meat to Start With?

You can start baby on whichever meat you prefer, although many parents choose poultry such as chicken or turkey. Beef is an acceptable choice as well. Make sure the meat is cooked thoroughly and pureed as smoothly as possible. Making a meat puree at home that is smooth enough for a very young baby to handle can be a bit challenging, so you might want to start with pureed meat in jars. This commercial baby food has been processed with much more powerful machines than your home food processor and will be a lot smoother.

Getting Baby to Try Meat

Meat is not usually a taste that attracts babies at first, so try mixing it with a fruit or vegetable baby has already had. In fact, this is one of the reasons to wait a bit on meat, at least until your baby has safely managed a few fruits and vegetables you can use to make the taste of the meat a bit more appealing.

It isn’t unusual for babies to reject meat altogether. Don’t worry if your baby isn’t interested in trying it. Meat has a very different texture and taste from fruits and vegetables, even when they are mixed together. It might be a while before your baby really starts to warm up to meat. Don’t push it too hard. Your baby is getting all the required nutrition from breast milk or formula, so meat isn’t a must any time soon – or ever really. If your baby continues to dislike meat even long past the puree stage, there are plenty of other foods that provide the protein and iron usually added to the diet from meats.

Past Purees

When your baby is ready to chew food and eat things a little bit closer to table foods, you might find a renewed interest in meat. Pureed meat is not the most appetizing thing in the world, so when your baby is old enough to try small pieces that can be chewed you might see a different reaction.

Make sure to cut very small pieces of meat to avoid choking, and start with more tender meats that have been cooked well, such as dark meat chicken. A slow cooker is a great way to prepare juicy, tender meat for baby that will be easy to break down.

As your baby develops a more sophisticated palate, you can season the meat to make it taste much better and improve the chances your baby will be willing to give it more than a passing glance.

Starting Your Baby on Solid Foods

Are you ready to start your baby on solid baby foods? Is your baby ready? Then gear up for a whole new adventure is feeding your baby! It will be a little messy – sometimes really messy – but you are setting your baby on a path to discovering new tastes, new textures and a whole new world of food. Start out on the right foot with the right foods and the right techniques.

Choosing Baby Spoons

Although lovely silver spoons are a very pretty baby gift, they aren’t the most practical for feeding your baby. A baby’s gums are sensitive, so look for spoons with a softer texture, such as those with a rubber tip. Plastic will work well too, but the rubbers ones are just a bit softer when starting out. Spoons should have a long enough handle so that you can manipulate them easily. Most baby spoons aren’t designed to hold much food, which is ok, because your baby won’t take much food at a time.

Which Food to Start With

Traditionally, baby cereal has been the first choice for solid feeding, but there is no real reason you can’t start with a fruit such as very well mashed bananas. When choosing a baby cereal, most new parents start with rice because it is bland and unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Mix baby’s first cereal very, very thin, and use either breast milk or formula so that it tastes familiar.

Although you may have heard that you should start vegetables first before moving on to fruit to prevent baby from developing a sweet tooth and preferring fruits to veggies, there is no reason to follow this advice. Babies are already born with a preference for sweeter foods. Breast milk is sweet, and your baby has a natural tendency towards liking sweet foods. For this reason, starting with a sweet fruit like bananas may actually ease the transition, as baby is more likely to find the flavor pleasing. If your baby is formula fed, the sweet tooth may not be so pronounced, since formula is much blander than breast milk. Formula fed babies may do better on cereal mixed with formula as a first food.

Feeding Baby for the First Time

Don’t be surprised if your baby shows little interest or even makes a face the first time you try to feed solids! It’s best to start by dipping a clean finger into the food and letting baby taste it that way. The spoon is a foreign implement, and your baby may not be too interested in opening up for it just yet.

When you can get the spoon into baby’s mouth, start with a very small amount and wait for a reaction. It’s very likely that the food will wind up pouring out and onto baby’s chin. Your baby just isn’t quite sure yet what to do with this strange new food! For your first feeding, don’t expect to get more than a tablespoon at most into your baby, and don’t worry if most of it is on the bib or on baby. The earliest feedings are more about practice than about nutrition. Your baby is still getting all the necessary calories and nutrients from breast milk or formula.

Start with one feeding a day, and choose a time when your baby is generally alert and likely to be feeling cooperative. As you go and baby learns how to push the food back and swallow rather than spitting it out, you can slowly increase the thickness and quantity of the feedings. Before you know it, your baby will figure it out!

Your Baby’s First Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables will be among the first baby foods your baby will try, and will be an important part of a healthy baby diet from this point on. Introduce fruit and vegetable purees to your baby one at a time, and remember that he might not accept a new food right away. Keep offering rejected foods; it can take multiple attempts before your baby decides he likes it.

Where to Start

Contrary to popular belief, it isn’t necessary to start baby on vegetables before fruit. Starting with fruits won’t cause your baby to have a sweet tooth, mainly because he already does. Breast milk has a sweet taste; therefore babies will naturally be predisposed to liking sweeter flavors. This doesn’t mean your baby won’t enjoy vegetables, just that you might need to offer them several times before he decides to eat.

Great choices for first fruits and vegetables are easy to digest, nutrient rich choices that are not likely to cause an allergic reaction. Try fruits such as bananas, pears, apples and avocadoes. For first veggies, try carrots, peas and sweet potatoes. You will need to start with smooth and fairly thin purees. If you are purchasing baby food, start with stage one purees which are the smoothest and the thinnest. Alternatively, you can easily make your own fruit and vegetable purees at home.

Making Your Own Baby Food

Homemade fruit and vegetable purees are a simple and budget-friendly choice, as well as a very healthy one for your baby. You can make your own purees of just about any fruit or vegetable you can think of, quickly and easily at home. The first thing you will need is something to puree the food in; a regular food processor will work great, but there are also baby food makers available that are reasonably priced if you prefer to have a dedicated machine.

Most fruits and vegetables will need to be cooked prior to pureeing. The best way to cook them is via steaming; unlike boiling, steaming will leave the nutrients in the fruits and vegetables intact. You will need to cook everything until very tender to create a smooth puree, so it may require replacing the water a few times. A simple steamer basket that fits inside a regular pot is the most affordable method of steaming. After steaming, save whatever water was used in the cooking process. You can add it back into the puree to help thin it out. Blend until smooth, adding water as necessary to achieve the desired texture and consistency. You can then freeze your purees in ice cube trays for easy portioning later. After freezing, dump the trays into a sealed bag that you can label with the date and type of food.

Bananas and avocadoes make excellent first foods for your baby, and as a bonus, they don’t need to be cooked ahead of time. Simply mash them well and serve! Both are great sources of nutrition.

Adding New Foods

As you expand your baby’s diet to new fruits and vegetables, do so carefully to watch for an allergic reaction. You should add a new food no more than every 3-5 days. This slow pace with allow you to pinpoint which food caused any reaction your baby might have. Even though you are starting with the least allergenic choices available, there is always some risk that your baby could have an unusual reaction. Take it slow – this will also give your baby a chance to really experience the food and get used to the new flavor.

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