Re: questions re. BLS
Welcome to the BLS club!
It's great that your baby already seems ready to convey food to his own mouth and inspired to eat it. But I wouldn't start with an apple. It's a little too easy to break off a large chunk of an apple slice and that could be a choking hazard.
Personally, I think you should aim to start with small pieces of soft foods. Pea-sized generally seems to be considered safe. So, how about some soft squashed peas? Or pea-sized bits of potato (you can do white or sweet). Or shreds of chicken from a soup. Or steamed/boiled diced-up carrots. You get the picture!
Avocados are generally ripe when they feel just slightly yielding under the skin. Don't worry if the avocado is brown in spots when you open it up- that's just oxidation (like on a banana).
Cooking a sweet potato is easy. You can bake it in the oven or microwave- when it feels soft to the touch, it's ready. Just removed the outer skin and serve.
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