When it comes to feeding your baby beyond breast milk or formula, you have a lot to think about. Basically, make sure your baby is ready to handle solid foods. The World Health Organization says your baby’s digestive and motor skills should be sufficiently developed at six months to start making the transition to solid foods. Also note that they recommend that you breastfeed for up to two years.
The next thing you need to consider is to start feeding your baby. If you decide to go with the pureed food you can buy at the grocery store, your doctor will likely recommend starting with oranges and yellows. This will basically consist of different fruits as well as zucchini and a few other lightly flavored vegetables. However, research shows that if you start with foods that taste sweeter, your child may be more likely to reject some of the healthier green vegetables they really need nutritionally.
There is also a debate among advocates of weaning about introducing your baby to pureed food. Discussion states that once the baby moves into the second stage (which includes lumps), they will be confused about chewing or swallowing. Many parents choose to mash their own cooked food, making it possible for baby to have some lumps to chew, and also giving the child a more immersive experience of mealtime in the family.
BLW is an extremely interesting application, many parents are very happy with the results. Basically, BLW practices involve allowing the child to self-feed from the very beginning of the weaning process. There is absolutely no spoon feeding. Instead, the baby is offered a plate of soft finger food to choose from. If BLW is something you are interested in, you should research it yourself as there is a lot to learn. When choosing baby food, choose what works best for your baby, basically making sure they are getting the nutrients they need.