My daughter is 5 months 1 week, and she shows some (but not all) of the signs of readiness for solid foods. She is intensely curious and opens her mouth to try to get my fork, but she seems a little young yet - although, I really don't know how to tell for sure. We already involve her in dinnertime by sitting her on the table and giving her spoons and cups to play with while we eat, and we let her see and smell our various foods. We've offered her a sippy cup with a little breast milk, and she went for it like a determined little badger and is so proud of herself! She only gets a drop or two, but she really thinks she's hot stuff.
We plan to begin with Baby-Led Weaning, and from what I've read, it sounds like as long as you leave baby in control, she won't actually eat until she's developmentally ready to move the food to the back of her mouth and swallow it. Therefore, it stands to reason that it really doesn't matter when you start offering solid foods - if she's not ready, she'll just explore and play and experience the food without actually eating it. Is this right? Or do I need to be more careful about her "readiness" level?
Bear in mind, I'm talking about true baby-led solids here (like, giving her a piece of banana to explore). I'm not talking about spoon-feeding or any kind of pressure on her to actually eat anything. She's EBF and will stay that way for some time to come.
I suppose I'm just eager to see what she does with solid food, but I want to do it right!
Edited by Zirconia - 6/18/12 at 4:43pm