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If your trying your baby on solids for the first time, I wouldn't go for potatoes at first. Reason being the high starch content might be too difficult for your baby to digest and then this might lead to constipation. However, sweet potato is a good alternative.
Anyway, I would suggest first starting her off on baby rice. This is v.good as it contains lots of iron which baby needs and not too much starch. Good thing is you can mix it with your babies milk to the constitency you want.
At first make it watery so that she can get used to the taste of something different other than milk. Remember, she's had only milk for the first 6 months of her life and she has been sucking it from a bottle and not from a spoon.
As time goes on, you can then start to thicken the mixture. Observe her daily and see how she reacts to the different mixtures. Later when you feel that she's used to the idea of taking food from a spoon, you can then start adding other flavours like, some less complex vegetables like carrots, a little potato, sweet potato, beef or chicken even, (v.well pureed) etc.
Cow and Gate's fruit pots are really nice too. My daughter loves these.
Make sure that you PUREE properly the solid food of your choice, that there are absolutely no lumps at first then when your baby is used to the taste, you can make the pureed mixture a bit thicker.(Mix with milk or water from the cooked vegetables).
Now that your introducing solids, make sure you remember to give your daughter enough water between her meals to help with her digestion. This will help prevent her being constipated
The most important thing to remember however is that you have to work according to what your daughter wants. You have to go at her own pace. Don't try to rush her otherwise you might put her off completely. Be patient with her and be very observant and vigilant and eventually she'll come round.
Hope this helps. Good luckxxx.