I waited with my others until 6 months. One went crazy for food, the other just smeared it all over the place until she was almost a year old.
I imagine I'll try a little something like egg yolk or avocados around 6 months but I'm in no big hurry.
let us know what she likes! as for Oliver, he expresses the same level of interest in food as he does in everything else, and like Rowan, he just grabs anything and puts it to his mouth, so I don't think it's the *food* he's after, just the new object in his line of sight. I have held a glass of water for him while he slurped at it, and I did let him taste some turkey, but his reaction in both cases was to grimace and stop trying to get that stuff in his mouth! I think we'll wait to offer food in earnest (at every mealtime) until he can sit in a high chair at the table with us and put things in his mouth himself. like the other ladies who've chimed in, I'm not in a hurry to make more work for myself, and I'm not trying to deal with food-poops either! Oliver still only poops once or twice a week anyway, so I hope food doesn't slow him down even more!
I only let her give it a lick if she sticks her tongue out for it, like with the bannana, etc, an if it's in a safe form. To me safe means either super mushy, like smashed bannana, or very large and firm, like a hunk of peeled apple. She gnawed on that apple for like 10 minutes.
I don't think she's swallowed any food though. I see it as more of a sensory experience at this point.
In this house, later is better for solids. My older three all have tummy issues that started after we introduced solids. Ruby is already showing signs of some food intolerances (dairy for sure) so I'm betting she will be just like her siblings.
We gave Jaya some apple sauce. She LOVED it. I had to cut her off at an eye-balled ounce. DH wanted to keep feeding her. I told him he can give her apple sauce once a week because he loved feeding her. I also give raw fruit and veggies to gnaw on but she's more interested in her store bought teethers.
We still ended up with bloody, mucousy diapers and a very upset baby the next day though. Poor girl!
I'm thinking of having a short made for any future parties. "If you value your life, don't feed me!"
when my 1st started he was around 6 months...i wanted to wait but he insisted. grabbed my hand with a nectarine in it and went at it. kept at it for a long time. we did baby led, and he had a hard time for several months/yawning during eating, regurgitating a bit. but he was very insistent and happy to try everything. he particularly liked avocado and banana at the beginning. and had not much success with salad for the longest time. anyways, before he was 1 he had his first cavity...and for this reason i hope zoe is less insistent and eats later. i don't want to deal with another cavity in a 1 yr old--anything to help avoid that sounds good to me!
:) but we'll see. she's 5 months & very interested in everything, even food. but she's pretty laid back as long as there is something for her to play with when she is at the table with us.