Aim to include 2 foods from different groups below (or more) at snack time most of the time so baby has a mix of nutrients on offer. (If the food you're offering is something that already has more than one ingredient in it, like a pancake or a smoothie, you don't have to offer additional—the goal is simply exposure to a range of nutrients over the course of the day.) Nutrition info will vary.
Choose 2 single ingredient foods (or more) or 1 food that is made from a mix of foods (like a pancake or egg muffin).
Cut up into small pieces or mash lightly.
Serve to baby, offering preloaded spoons as needed to help them eat. (It's okay if baby gets messy as they learn to eat, that's part of the process!)
Start with a small portion and serve more according to baby's hunger—it's okay if they eat more or less than you expect!
Offer water with snacks (and meals).
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.
Aim to offer 2 foods (or more) for each snack so baby has the opportunity to have a mix of nutrients.
Aim for at least one of the foods to have fat and/or protein to help baby feel satisfied.
If a food seems too slippery for baby to pick up or they're otherwise having trouble, put the food onto a utensil, cut it differently, or otherwise help them eat the food.
Try to avoid serving meals or snacks when baby is tired or is specifically hungry for their milk feedings—it takes them a while to connect solid food as a way to satisfy hunger, so be patient with that process of learning.
It can take kids time to learn to like a wide range of foods, so offer a range of foods throughout the week—and offer foods they didn't eat (making sure it's easy to eat and tastes good) so they have the chance to learn to like them.
Keep meals free from pressure and fun without forcing baby to eat a certain amount of food.
Sit with baby as you can and model eating so they have someone to copy—they are new to this and the more information they have (visual, verbal, etc), the better they can learn!