Don’t Freak Out, But You’re Halfway Through the First Year
Yikes! Your baby is halfway through her first year. How’d that happen?!
Now that your baby likely has a couple of chompers and is good at using her hands, it might be time to introduce her to finger foods. Some good options include rice puffs, ripe chunks of banana, and small flakes of boneless fish. Some bad options include anything that she can’t easily gum or mash in her mouth. So probably not your filet mignon, fortunately for you. (No sharesies — yet.)
A word of caution regarding adding more variety to your baby’s diet: It’s particularly important to avoid certain foods until baby has reached a particular age, including honey, shellfish, and other potential allergens or choking hazards. You’re stressed out enough as it is. No need to add middle-of-the-night diarrhea and barf fests (among other, more dangerous side effects) to the list of things that wake you up in a sweat — provided you’re getting any sleep at all, that is. (You will sleep again, by the way. Just maybe not for another half decade or so. Kidding! Ohmygod, we jest.)
Because she’s starting to eat solids more frequently, it’s important to begin keeping baby’s teeth clean as well. Many grocery and drug stores sell toothbrushes and baby toothpaste that you put on your finger and gently scrub baby’s teeth and gums. Just be careful sticking your appendages in there; depending on how many teeth baby has sprouted, you might be in danger of losing a digit or two!
If you do discover that your baby has an intolerance for or allergy to certain foods, step one is to CALM DOWN. It’s not the end of the world; in fact, it can be perfectly manageable. Just be sure to get a recommendation for a pediatric allergist and to always listen to that mama bear instinct. You’ve got this.