Ok, so my son's OT asked about solids. My son is 7 1/2 months and we started solids about 2 weeks ago. He was 4 weeks early, and has motor delays, so we waited until 7 months. (and I wasn't ready). He started with avocado, then roasted butternut squash, then cooked carrots, then banana.
The OT asked how he responded to them. I said he tastes it, has gotten a little in his mouth and moves it around, and has swallowed a tiny bit. Not feeding any purees was definitely new to her. But she also was concerned about my son's lack of consonants (b,d,m,p). We are totally not concerned about that. If he's over a year and not making any, then I'd be concerned.
So she was telling me that purees will help him learn how to chew, and will get his lips moving, if he hasn't figured them out, if that's what's hindering consonants.
We explained we valued him feeding himself, and choosing what he puts in his mouth and how much.
But she left and then I got worried- Am I not doing the right thing by him? Is he getting enough on milk alone? Does finger food not expose him to enough texture? Is he going to choke?
(His growth is fine-I don't know why I worry about that. His 3 measures are all above the percentile chart.)