Okay- So the Baby's First Year Journal, the pregnancy website, and the books are all saying that babies the age of mine ( 9 mos in a week) should be encouraged to start learning how to feed themselves and even start getting used to eating the same foods we do. I know these sources are not definitive and just guidelines, but my baby is nowhere near all this. Well, maybe she is. She's JUST starting to kind of figure out picking up a corn puff in her fist and kind of sucking on it. She will hold a spoon and put it in her mouth, but not with food on it actually putting a spoonful of food in her mouth. And she still really only wants baby food. I tried giving her little pieces of banana and really mashed up sweet potatoes. She gags and makes a scrunchy face. She also won't use a sippy cup yet and won't drink water out of a bottle. I think this is pretty normal considering all babies move at their own pace. Any thoughts?