My dd is almost 5 mos old and is extremely interested in my food. I've tried giving her a spoon to play with, nursing her while I eat, etc, but I'm starting to feel like I'm depriving her.
It's really freaking me out, because ds was so not interested in food for such a long time. He was a big, chubby baby (20 lbs by 5 mos), but I still got lots of comments from family about when was I going to give him some "real" food.
: I had done lots of reading about the benefits of waiting even later than the AAP-recommended 6 mos, and didn't offer food until he was almost 8 mos old. At that point, I put small chunks of food on his plate to see what he would do with it, and gave him water for the first time too. He mostly played with it, and didn't start eating any significant amount of food until he was over a year old.
Anyway, I had planned to do the same thing with dd, but now I don't know what to do. I went back and reread some of the things I used to support my decision to wait with ds, and two of the things I was waiting for were for him to be able to sit up (which he did well at about 7 mos), and to develop the pincer grasp (which he did about the same time). Dd, however, started sitting up at around 4 mos, and is now very steady, and is even able to sit up from laying on her back, and is starting to crawl. She is also already picking up small objects (like the pieces from ds's Hi-Ho Cherry-O game
: ) with her thumb and forefinger. (and she has 2 teeth)
I wanted to wait until she was at least 6 mos, and preferably until after the holidays, but I'm doubting myself now. Thoughts?