I have certain doubts about preparation of solid feeds for babies from age 6 months onwards.. 1. Is it necessary to sterilise the containers , spoons used for preparing solid food like cereals, rice etc..till what age do u sterilise spoons and cups and vessels used for feeding baby..at what age can we stop sterilising and just wash with soap and warm water? 2. What do you use to mash baby food for baby who is yet to develop teeth? Hand mashing, or mashing with spoon or mixie or hand bender?i mean steamed fruits, veggies, rice etc which have been cooked in cooker.. Which is more hygienic way of mashing food? 3. When is the best time to introduce sipper to baby.. 4. Is it a good idea to give juices to babies? Why do some doctors advice not to give fruit juices to babies? 5. If baby takes 3-4 solid meals a day, how much water to give..apart from formula milk..