At 6 months my daughter was given lightly steamed sweet potatoes..

to pick up and nibble/gum. I tried to go the "baby-led weaning" whenever possible. She was food that age appropriate, but not pureed. And although my mother encouraged serving baby cereal, I gently resisted after the first or second time. Nutritionally useless garbage that it is; I'd rather give baby some sliced banana or avocado rolled in wheat germ (makes it easier to handle). Baby- led weaning reminds you "Food before one is just for fun."

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    I do not know much about baby led weaning ... but this sounds like a great way to do it!