What age to start table foods?

I have a seven-and-a-half-month-old son and it seems that some of my relatives feel that he should be eating from the table yet he only has three teeth, all on the bottom. What is the norm for this activity?

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Seven-and-a-half months is still early to be eating table food. Your son can be starting to try finger foods, those that are easy to gum or that dissolve in his mouth. Even without any teeth, babies can eat table foods providing they are the right consistency and texture. Table foods that may fit in that category would include mashed potatoes, mashed winter squash, soft muffins without nuts or raisins, Cheerios, crackers, teething biscuits, crackers, cottage cheese in small lumps, soft ripe banana, chopped hard boiled egg yolk and small slices of tofu. Some children can start eating with their fingers as early as six months, and other won't catch on until nine or ten months. There is no rush, and no need to worry about it.

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