Your baby has reached six months, and it's time for him to try solid food. Every baby is different, so there's no telling how your baby will take to this new experience. He may need a while to get used to different textures and tastes or he may tuck in straight away.
Some families swear by baby-led weaning, whereas others find their babies are happier with spoon-fed purées. We explain which foods are best to give your baby over the coming weeks and months, to help him get a good start at mealtimes.
Purées may be easiest for your baby at first, but some babies can cope with soft lumps, as long as the food is well-mashed. Babies can quickly learn to chew soft, lumpy food even if they have no teeth.
Try as best you can to offer your baby home-made fare. It's best to use pre-prepared jars or packs of baby food as a stop-gap rather than for all your baby's meals.
Whenever you buy any pre-packaged food for your baby, check the labels and choose the products that are lowest in salt and sugar.
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