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10 to 12 months

Breast milk/formula
Feedings will diminish to about 3 or 4 bottles or 4 to 6 times at the breast, totaling 16 to 24 ounces of liquid.

Watch for
Your tot's more mobile  -- crawling, reaching, pulling up. Resist feeding her on the go, since she could choke if she's trying to toddle and eat at the same time. Limit car snacking, too, as you can't see her well from the driver's seat. Strapped into the high chair while supervised is the safest spot for meals.

Start with
Keep up the variety of tiny pieces of food: soft cooked pasta shapes; shredded chicken or turkey (no skin); soft cooked vegetables; ripe fruit; toast or bread; fish (once a week); soft pasteurized cheese; and hard-cooked or scrambled egg yolks.

Move to
By the first year, strive to serve as much "table food" as you can, weaning away from jars. Three meals a day is the goal at this stage.

Avoid
Cow's milk and honey are off limits in the first year because milk proteins and fat aren't easily digested before age 1 and honey may contain the bacteria that cause botulism. Other foods that can trigger an allergic reaction include products with tree nuts (cashews, walnuts, pecans, almonds), peanuts and nut butters, egg whites, shellfish, and citrus fruits. Most doctors recommend waiting until after the first birthday (or longer if there's a family history of allergies) to try these.

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