Quoting Ms.Eagles:" SO just bought him a bunch of various packages of baby food for 6m+, so that's what we've been feeding ... [snip!] ... to choose from, so we figured it was alright to give him the banana/mango/yogurt since it said 6m on it I feel terrible now"
Babies don't come with hand books. We can't know everything.
I am surprised that your pedi didn't go over this with you. My pedi still gives me the talk when my kids have their 3 and 6 month check ups and I'm on my 3rd baby. lol
The beginning food doesn't need to be a huge selection. Almost every store has peas,greenbeans, and carrots. You don't want to do any mixed stuff for right now. My pedi does let me introduce yogurt around the 8 month mark, but he recommends something like YoBaby which is basically a whole fat yogurt that has safe stuff for babies and the good bacteria which the packaged stuff doesn't have.
If the stage 1 food is too watery, sometimes I'll add some rice cereal to it to thicken it up a bit. Sometimes babies have issues trying to figure out how to slurp that stuff off of a spoon. You can also do cheerios now. The thing about cheerios -- you put them on their tray. The idea is to get them to figure out how to get them to their mouth. When they can do that, they are ready to eat them. It's a good first finger food.
Peas are almost never a hit. lol I've only had one kid that would eat them at all.
Here's a run down of how i normally introduce food.
Week 1 - give them 1 meal a day of the same vegi. I normally start with the green stuff because i just do. After that week is over, I start a new vegi. Wait a week, then go to a 3rd vegi.
When i've run out vegis to try, I move on to the fruit.
Second month approx.- 2 meals per day, 1 vegi which i know he's ok with, possibly a mixed vegi. 1 new fruit per week.
By the time you go through all of the fruit, they might or might not be able to do the whole cheerio thing. If they can, they can do finger food. If not, I do food with texture and chunks. Be prepared for some gagging at first. It's normal. Don't give them anything bigger than a pea. No hotdogs or anything like that. Stick with fruit vegis and possibly some soft meat like salmon or turkey lunch meat.
The canned meats are horrible. I've never had a baby that would eat them.