Manipulation of food
The action of manipulating something in a skilful manner.
Babies can manipulate their food if they are given exposure, Before that what is manipulation of food? How do we know if the baby is manipulating the food given ? Example If a bowl of soup is with vegetables or chicken babies will bite and eat the vegetables and gulp down the soup. But getting this skill is not easy and not without we giving them exposure.
Right from the beginning start offering textures, By 6.5 months all the purees should be weaned off. Breast milk or formula milk is denser than dal water or rice water, So no need to start with that, can offer vegetable purees from day 1 of weaning itself., Slowly shift to hand smashed , by 7 or 8 months can offer textures eg: Soft rotis, crispy dosa, paratha, well cooked vegetables, over cooked rice, puffed rice. Around this time introduce Dips... Curd, dal, gravy (not spicy) , soups show them how to dip their dosa , roti , paratha etc and eat. They will understand quickly and follow you. By end of 12 months your baby will be on family food whatever you all eat as family.
Weaning is not stressful if right method is followed, In our house Atarah's meal time is so peaceful because she eats whatever is given on her own, Ofcourse with lot of mess but embarrassing the mess is part of motherhood. Happy Weaning!