Everyone introduces solids into their baby's diet in different ways, and this is just how I decided to approach it with Jack. I used the same approach with Piper, and it went really well, so I'm doing the same this time around - and so far so good! I don't believe there is ONE right way to introduce solids, and I don't think this way is the right way for everyone. Do you own research, talk with your pediatrician, and do what feels right for you and your babe!
WHEN I STARTED
Between 4-6 months is a common time frame for introducing solids, and I prefer to stick more towards the 6 months mark (other than some allergenic foods - see below). From what I've read, and from talking to pediatricians, it's better for babies digestion, gut health, and immunity to wait the full 6 months (again, do whatever feels best for YOU).
BABY LED WEANING VS. PUREES
Some people are freakishly passionate one way or the other on doing baby led weaning or purees haha. For me, I see a lot of benefits to both and so I do a mix of both! I gave Piper some finger foods every day, along with pureed food every day, and I'm doing the same with Jack right now. He is eating solids 2-3x a day right now, and it's usually split 50/50 between the two. Some common baby led weaning foods I give him are baked sweet potato (his favourite), banana, avocado (not his favourite ha), watermelon, soft cooked broccoli and carrots, and peaches. Pretty much anything that's soft, I give him!
INTRODUCING ALLERGENIC FOODS
This is something I've been really worried about ever since Jack developed severe eczema (around 2-3 months). Eczema and food allergies very often go hand in hand, and all of his doctors have mentioned this and to be aware of it. Jack's pediatrician is amazing and really thorough (anyone else feel like sometimes pediatricians give them a quick once over and shoot you out the door??), and we talked about frequently incorporating the typical allergenic foods (tree nuts, soy, dairy, peanut butter, and eggs) into his diet now to help prevent him developing an allergy. Eggs flare up his eczema (and is 100x better now that I don't eat them!!!), but I've been giving him all of the others, and he's doing great! I'll share more about the baby food product that contains allergenic foods that I've been using for a while with Jack, because it couldn't be more perfect for him, and I'm so grateful for it!
To go along with this, the only food I DID introduce before 6 months was peanut butter. I frequently let him suck it off my finger starting from 4 months. According to a ton of research now, introducing allergenic food between 4-6 months can actually prevent them from developing the allergy! Make sure to talk to your own pediatrician about this. I'm no doctor haha.