I agree with Polly, definitely look into baby led weaning. We started it with my son, at around 7 months. I started with french fry shaped (and sized) chunks of cooked sweet potato, squash, slices of peach, pear, etc. Big enough for them to hold on to easily and learn to take bites, but the food is still pretty soft since they don;t have many teeth. I will say, he did gag himself a few times in the beginning, but he figured it out pretty quickly. Best of luck!