Re: Beginners at solids...what am I doin
IMHO, the advice on solids differs so much from pediatrician to pediatrician that you might as well ignore them all. Your pediatrician says "start with cereal" but my pediatrician says "skip cereal, start with veggies" and a third pediatrician will say something else entirely.
Here's what I think about solids, after I have gotten 2 kids through them:
1. Cereal is optional. It is fortified with vitamins and minerals, but has nothing else going for it, nutritionally speaking. You can use it, or not, as you prefer.
2. With a 6 month old baby, you want to view solids as a game. If she eats some, great. If she tastes some and spits it out, great. If she refuses to open her mouth and prefers to squish the solids around with her hands, still great. At least she had a fun learning experience.
3. Offer once a day to begin with. Keep quantities small- a few tablespoons is plenty for a young baby.
4. Don't shy away from finger foods, even at 6 months. A baby can maneuver a cheerio into her mouth, or lick a peeled apple, or eat shreds of boiled meat.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"