One of the best parts of parenting in my opinion! (really? yep!) There is nothing better than watching your 6 month old suck a lemon for the first time! Is it messy? Yes. But embrace the mess! And make sure you have a cloth on hand.
The advice now is to wait until 6 months before weaning and the jury is out on the phrase "food before one is just for fun". Some say it is important they eat more and more as the months go on, but this leads to parents worrying if their babies aren't eating enough because they do eat very little. On the other hand, the phrase downplays the role food does have. It is important to let them explore various different foods in a safe way. So, in my opinion, it's abit of both. Milk (be it breast or bottle) plays a very important role still but food is important too. At 6 months, let them explore, try out different textures and tastes. Below I have linked to some useful ideas for introducing first foods. As the months go on, introduce more meals more often in the day. But at the end of the day, you know what is right for your own baby so adapt accordingly.
This website is part of the British Nutrition Foundation and is based on evidence based practice.
Baby Led Weaning
Recommended book: The Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett
If you are looking for some more recipes, then you can download these apps for your phone. There is a variety of different apps covering Fussy Toddlers and Slow Cooker
Spoon Fed Weaning
There are ready to buy purees or you could make your own
Ella's kitchen has a wealth of information on puree foods as well as ready to purchase in most supermarkets
A useful alternative is to make your own puree pouches, I used these reusable pouches particularly for porridge breakfasts:
Useful Instagram Accounts to follow
Feeding Littles - they contain some very useful first food advice