As with most parenting topics, there is no right way, just what feels right for you and your baby. There are pluses and minuses for both so have a read of what they both entail then just trust your instinct.
Until recently, this was the way most mums introduced solids to their children. You start with smooth pureed vegetables and fruit and rice cereal and then gradually progress to mashed or chopped foods so they get used to the textures e.g. mashed banana or a sweet potato before finally introducing finger foods such as toast, pasta, cooked vegetable sticks. You can make up lots of meals ahead, having fun varying flavors and textures and then freeze them until needed.
This means quite simply just letting your baby feed themselves. You just hand them the food in a suitably-sized piece and if they like it they eat it and if they don’t they won’t. Toast, cucumber, carrot sticks, broccoli, meat – whatever they are able to hold and sensibly chew (or gum!) That’s the essence of it. Lots of mums naturally fall into this with a second child as they are already cooking for the rest of the family.
Whichever route you choose try not to stress about mealtimes (easier said than done sometimes!) and embrace the mess. We like to remember the saying “food is just for fun before one” as they are still getting what they need from milk so this really is all about learning and experimenting. Good luck mumma!
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