Question: At what point can I introduce more solid solids? And I'm talking about uncooked vegetables or harder fruit, stuff that doesn't just mush when it gets in my baby's mouth. I'd also like to know when to give my daughter shredded chicken or beef instead of pureeing it.
My daughter basically knows how to chew, but sometimes she'll only chew on something once or twice, then swallow it down. I'm really afraid of her doing that with something more solid, but I wonder, if I don't start letting her feed herself more, how will she learn? I'm not in any rush to have her eating like an adult, but I want to be sure I'm not holding her back at some point.
This topic has actually really stressed me out. It's hard to not feel like I'm reinventing the wheel. I don't have a mother I can talk to about these things (she died when I was sixteen). I have a (half) sister who is 17 years older than me, with five kids between the ages of nine and 25, but she is terminally ill with breast cancer and just trying to enjoy what time she has left, so I don't want to bother her with questions about raising a child. None of my friends have had kids yet, and I'm not comfortable talking to my in-laws (they take things personally if I don't follow their advice, so I just don't ask). It's really hard sometimes to not feel completely incompetent. Plus, having lost my mother, and now losing my sister (who is the last tie to my mom), I deal with a lot of anxiety about keeping myself safe as well as my daughter. Which brings me back to the question about solids...
I just haven't found any good reading materials about how to introduce solids (beyond which foods a baby can eat and very general guidelines about introducing them), and I don't want to hold my daughter back from anything just because emotionally it may be difficult for me to go forward. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!