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Synchrony, co-eating and communication during complementary feeding in early infancy. / Costantini, Cristini; Akehurst, Lucy; Reddy, Vasu; Fasulo, Alessandra.

In: Infancy, Vol. 23, No. 2, 01.03.2018, p. 288-304.

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Costantini, Cristini ; Akehurst, Lucy ; Reddy, Vasu ; Fasulo, Alessandra. / Synchrony, co-eating and communication during complementary feeding in early infancy. In: Infancy. 2018 ; Vol. 23, No. 2. pp. 288-304.

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