Thanks all - will give those suggestions a go. And in particular thanksmum2ruairi for the 'idiots guide' to pureeing.....really helpful and exactly what I was after as I am totally in the dark!!!!!
The pediatrician recommended solids as apparently the board of peadiatricians now recommend 4 months (not 6) and the WHO is yet to update their recommendations. Apparently it may help to avoid allergies and other stuff but it is very much dependent on the baby being ready for solids at this time.