I wrote a post when my middle child Rory was a baby about weaning (I thought I was a weaning guru I think)...reading it back, it seems quite outdated now, especially if you're following the baby led weaning route. Heidi at 9 months still has no teeth so I've been a little wary (probably too much) about giving her large pieces of food and I have a tendency to panic when I see her gagging.
Whilst she hasn't been eating big chunks of vegetables and fruit by herself yet (apart from really soft things like avocado's, banana's and these very soft Fritters), she hasn't been missing out on family meals thanks to my trusty Potato Ricer from Domu. She eats exactly what we do, I simply pass her portion through the ricer first. I've found it particularly good for slow cooked casseroles and stews as the vegetables are lovely and soft with a nice sauce. Even slow cooked sausages go through OK as long as you don't brown them first.
You could of course use a blender or processor but they are a faff to clean. The potato ricer just goes straight in the dishwasher with the dishes and it's reasonably priced at under £12. You can pass cooked fruits like apple and pear through too, so that's dessert sorted as well!
Thank-you to Domu who sent me the ricer to try, it's been very useful!