Mums and dads wanting to put together their own baby food should introduce their new arrival to as many different types of fruit and vegetables as quickly as possible.
That is the advice of Fiona Wilcock, independent public health nutritionist and food writer, who believes doing this encourages a child to get accustomed to healthy produce from an early age.
Ms Wilcock explained that this message is imparted to little ones regardless of whether or not they consume the foodstuffs straight away, as there is plenty of evidence to suggest that "the more times you put it there, the more likely they are to eat it".
The expert – who is also author of the report Lifting the Lid on Baby Foods – went on to say parents should avoid concentrating solely on fruit and veg for too long.
"It is important to introduce meat, fish, lentils and other pulses and to start fairly early on these days," she added.