Or 6 months, the recommended age to start weaning onto solid foods (disregard if you wean earlier for medical reasons and then consider switching at 6 months if possible).
I want to recommend (no, not spam, I am a real user) "Baby Led Weaning" principles as explained by Gil Rapley. Basically, it involves these principles:
- No puree (unless that is the recipe, ie. soup), only softened/cut if required
- No parent-spoon feeding (you give them the spoon to hold from day 1)
- Eat at the table while parents eat too
- Eat the same food as the family from day 1
I started this at 6 months with my son (he was given puree/spoons from 4 months for medical reasons, acid reflux) and it was AMAZING, I really can't recommend it enough.
By 8 months, he would eat scoops from my proper restaurant meal (ie. risotto, chicken, fruit, even an Indian curry), with his own spoon. He is now 19 months and has no aversion to food except the colour green (which is actually a normal trait for that age, to do with attraction to red/aversion to green, a bit of an instinctual thing).
If any of you have babies that haven't weaned yet or aren't parents yet but want your baby to partake in a foodie lifestyle, I *highly* recommend it. It's becoming more popular in Europe. It isn't "new", it is just the way of doing it before Gerber came along.
Here's the site
And my picture is full chicken fingers with a broccoli/mashed potato combo... :) At 7 months.