Re: I am so confused!
The foods you are feeding a 7-month-old are not for nutrition, they're for learning about food. Nobody else said this yet, so I'm going to say: Nurse him just as much as you did before starting the solids. The goal is not to jam a jar of baby food into him! The goal is for him to start experimenting with tastes and textures. His mother's milk is the nutrition he needs for the whole first year and beyond, and you don't want to *replace* that with solids until he's around a year old. For babies fed man-made milk replacement, starting solids is an important part of nutrition as their man-made milk replacement doesn't contain all the trace things that human milk does. Your baby drinks the perfect stuff so you don't have this concern.
If you don't have a family history of allergies, you probably don't need to do anything special with timing of new foods. If the little nipper is wanting food every time anyone eats, try just offering a tiny pile of whatever everyone else is eating, smashed up with a fork or a microplane grater. No extra work means easier for you, and baby will be eating with the family. Let him feed himself with his fingers. It's messy but also easier, plus he can regulate his intake better.
If you notice signs of food sensitivity, at that point you can start worrying about introducing new things spaced apart so you can figure out what he's sensitive to. But if he can handle the family's usual foods fine, then no worries.
Things to avoid for all babies under 1, regardless of family history: Nuts, egg protein (the whites), non-human milk protein (hence the not giving cow milk until 1 year of age). Sometimes around 8 or 9 months people start with egg whites and yogurt or cheese, as the baby's digestive system is more mature by then.
It's way easier to feed the baby if you wait until he's fussing at not being given table foods, and then start offering smashed table foods. No special food for baby means no extra work for mother.
Mommy to Juni 7 and Jas 5
Too lazy to use a crib, bottle-feed, wean, or pack school bags