Most babies can reach out for and eat finger food by six to eight months, according to a study on baby-led weaning by Glasgow University.
The researchers analysed data on 602 children.
By six months, 56% were reaching out for food and 40% were eating it - rising to 94% and 90% at eight months.
They said: “Baby-led weaning may be feasible for most infants, but could lead to nutritional problems for the small number of children who develop more slowly.”
They advise encouraging infants to self-feed with solid finger food during family meals, but also give them spoon-fed purees.