My dd is 8 months old (today!) and she has almost no interest in actually eating. We've tried lots of different foods, infant cereal (made with bm, juice, or water), sweet potatoes, peas, bananas, Cheerios, etc. She loves to sit in her high chair with us at meal time and she gazes longingly at our plates. I go to give her a bit and she makes horrid faces and clamps her mouth shut. I DO NOT push her, I'll let her play with the spoon, or I just put the bits of food on her tray to play with/eat.
So should I continue what I'm doing? Just give her soft bits of food and if they make it in, fine; if not, fine? My boys were avid eaters so this is new, although she's my third child.