When my baby turned 5 months and 2 weeks, I started her on solids. But first I started her with home cooked food, like mashed potato, carrots, and rice turned into porridge. No sugar or salt added.
After two weeks, I bought the Nestle Cerelac Rice & Soya, which is a dry cereal for infants. I was convinced to buy this because on the box it says "No Preservatives." As much as possible, I want to delay my baby's ingestion of unnatural ingredients.
So up until now, I cook food for baby, but in between I give her this product. What I like about Cerelac Rice and Soya is because its two main ingredients are carbohydrate and protein rich, which are two essential elements for baby's growth and energy needs. Additionally, it contains DHA for my baby's brain development. It also has milk. But when I feed this to my baby, I still add milk, not just water, to make it richer, because my baby doesn't eat a lot, like her capacity to eat is just so much.
Cerelac smells good and has just the right consistency. However, I find it a little sweet, so my baby does not like to eat on its own first. But now she has grown accustomed to it. Up until now, I feed baby with Cerelac Rice & Soya from time to time.