Feeding a baby solid food is not always as easy as you might think. I must admit that when I was pregnant, I didn't put much thought into it. When she was ready, I would give Kira cereal. I had vague plans to make her baby food. Someday, somehow, she would eat table food.
While the making of baby food has turned out to be pretty easy, I find myself stumbling over when, what, and how much to feed her. The doctor gave me a chart and said to feed her less milk when I started the food. But how much less milk do you give for the tablespoon of vegetables recommended by the chart? And how much solid food do you really give in the first place? It takes a great deal of experimentation to figure out these things. You can't always trust the advice "feed the baby until she looks away or loses interest" if you have a baby like mine, either. She'll take a couple of spoonfuls and then--oh look, there's the cat! Hey, what's that over there? Assume she is done and wipe her face, and the Wrath of Baby descends upon your head. Kicking, mouth smacking, and crying that can only be translated as "NOOOOO Mommy, I'm a starving baby! Staaaarrrrving...." commence. So you feed the baby another spoonful and then--is that the dog?? The dog is cool, Mommy. Repeat face wiping and baby wrath.
Now that Kira is almost seven months and teething, it is time to start giving her a little bit of regular food. I'm terrified to give her something that will make her choke or cause an allergic reaction. Is there too much salt, sugar, or fat? If I give her little (or larger) pieces of fruit to chew, will she choke? What if a biscuit contains egg? She's not supposed to have that yet because it's a possible allergen, right? GAHHHHHH!!!
I have come to the inevitable conclusion that I have no idea what to do next. Pureed foods are pretty easy, once you figure out what age she can start what. I am simply clueless about the transition between pureed and table food. And those motherly instincts I should be listening to--well, they aren't saying a great deal on the issue. You see, I'm terrified that I'm going to make a mistake. Aside from choking and allergies, there's the ever present fear that if I feed her the wrong way, I'll contribute to her being overweight someday. It is a great deal of responsibility. I'm beginning to think that all I can do is muddle through the best I can.