Feeding Wes solids has always been a fun thing in our home. It's amazing to see how social of an activity it really is! Around 6 months he wanted to join in when we ate, so we started with avocados, sweet potatoes and bananas. Since then we have gradually given him more solids throughout the day. He eats a lot and nurses a lot so it's important to always have healthy things for him to eat in the house.
I didn't want to buy baby food or make my own so we've never gone that route. I loved the idea of him feeding himself and being able to eat until his body told him he was done. I definitely recommend looking into baby-led weaning if this interests you. It helps with fine-motor skills, awareness of the body (as far as feeling full) as well as providing a little independence. We love watching him learn and discover and be so excited over new tastes. He's liked literally everything we've given him and I believe the method we use plays a part in that. When people ask what his favorite food is, I want to reply "all the food" haha. In the beginning we started out very slow because I wanted to nurse the majority of the day, but it was still a great time for him to learn textures and tastes.
Since he can't make healthy choices yet as far as food goes, I feel a responsibility to him to feed him things that are good for his body. It might sound like a lot of work, but it really isn't. Whenever I make a meal there is always something that can be set aside for him to eat. I always hear of people getting in a rut and not knowing what to feed their babe, so I thought I would share the variety of "meals" we give him on a daily basis. We mix and match so he doesn't get bored and all of them he can pick up himself with those dainty pinchers.
Also, if your baby doesn't have teeth yet, there are still plenty of things like sweet potato, avocado, banana, quinoa, smashed carrots and smoothies! This is a list of the foods we rotate between days and the pictures are some favorite combinations. The more colorful the better!
Breakfast: banana, frozen blueberries, quinoa, strawberries, avocado, cheerios
Lunch: diced cheese, grape halves, frozen peas, smoothie, cuties, pinto beans, avocado, apple, corn, mandarin oranges.
Dinner: black beans, meat (elk), quinoa, corn, cooked carrots, green beans, sweet potato, zucchini, quinoa, avocado, noodles, peas.
Snacks on the go: veggie/fruit pouch, cheerios, raisins, dried blueberries
(For the pouches I prefer any brand that has the least ingredients in it)