As your child learns to chew, push food back, and swallow baby solid food, it is time to move on from smooth purees and finger foods to more advanced textures and varied flavors. This is where chopped, ground, or mashed foods come into the picture.
Chopped vegetables (steamed, not boiled) are a great way to inculcate healthy eating habits, so try feeding your baby as many different flavors as you can. Just make sure they are bite-sized!
Mashed foods like sweet potatoes, peas, or carrots are a great way to keep veggies in the loop. Alternatively, do try feeding variations such as mashed egg yolk, mashed beans, or mashed infant cereal, for the other important nutrients a baby will need.
If you choose to feed your baby meat, it is best to puree it, as the harder texture is often times more difficult to chew and swallow.
At this stage, your baby can learn to self-feed with a spoon, and chew on minced, mashed, and chopped foods. Your baby can also eat any family foods that are prepared, as long as they do not have salt or sugar. Do keep in mind that processed foods of any kind are still not an option for your baby.