... if baby seemed ready and eager?
DD2 is 5 months and 5 days old, sits on her own, can easily coordinate putting stuff in her mouth, demands to sit at the dining table on my lap (she's not AS insistent on being involved in other actibities - food seems to fascinate her) and tries to GRAB every bite I try to put in my mouth.
We half-heartedly started solids with DD1 when she was 6.5 mo, and even then it was just a few spoonfuls a day until she was a year old. She LOVED nursing and was OK with solids, but not too enthusiastic.
This one is DIFFERENT and I feel like a cruel mother depriving her of something she seems to really want just so I'd get to the seemingly arbitrary age of 6mo of exclusive nursing. If 6mo is something recommended by all as the 'right' age, then it's probably the normal average age for babies, and as all babies are different, then it only makes sense that some will be ready sooner and some later.
Thoughts? What's the earliest you'd start and why?