Our little girl is fast approaching trying her first solids and so I've been doing all sorts of research into what we're going to feed her. D has been in charge of her feeding so far, so it's nice to be given some responsibility and feeling like I can do more in this respect! We're going to do a combination of finger food and purees, and I've host of ideas for purees but I thought I'd pick the brains of the foodie parents on the forum to get some advice an opinions. Firstly - purees. Lots of recommendations for purees and the shop-bought versions seem to have combinations of veg and fruit in their purees. I can't help feeling that it would best to start simple with baby purees, featuring just one ingredient - such as apple, or banana, or white bean - rather than a combination. Surely the simpler the flavour, the simpler it is for baby to get used to the tastes and build up a range of individual experiences, rather than mixed ones? Also - recipes suggest purees such exotic fruit such as mango and papaya. Given that these are expensive, and babies often waste a lot of their food, I'm a little cautious. Surely to a 6 month old baby, an apple is just as exotic as a papaya? I'm sure I didn't eat mangoes as a baby or even a small child and I don't feel as if I missed out. Lastly - lots of books/texts recommend organic veg and pulses for pureeing. I'm highly dubious about the benefits of organic food, especially where it's been stored in a supermarket for a while. Freshly picked veg, organic or not, is the veg that's going to be highest in nutrients, no? I take on board that the sprays on crops will be ingested in higher quantities relative to baby's size, but the payoff of fresh fruit & veg (such as those from our farm shop which are sold within hours of being picked and, of course, don't include mangoes and papayas) would surely outweight the benefits of supermarket organic veg which might be weeks old by the time it's cooked and consumed. Anyone have thoughts or advice on any of these? Any other tips and advice on weaning are welcome!