Simply put, choking hazards are objects that block a child's airway. The most concerning foods are hard, small, round and slippery, and/or sticky. Most foods can be adapted to be safe for babies, but there are some that are best avoided altogether until children are older.
Food allergies can cause anxiety for some parents when introducing solids. Allergies only affect a small minority of children, but are common enough that it's important to know about them and what to do if your child has a reaction.
Which method to use for introducing solids to your baby? The answer is: it's up to YOU! You may come across a parenting debate today around what the "best" way to start solids is, often framed as "purees versus baby-led weaning (BLW)". Read on for why this is not the most useful framing and how to decide what's right for your baby.
Breastmilk or formula is the primary source of calories and nutrients during baby's first year, with solid foods complementary; this ratio gradually shifts over months 6-12. Read on for nutrition-related guidelines particularly relevant for babies' and toddlers' developing bodies and brains as they transition to solids.
From the time your baby starts solids around 6 months until their first birthday, it's best to progress gradually from small amounts of simple foods once a day toward a consistent three "complete" meals daily plus snacks. Here is a guide for roughly how this progression looks for many families.