I'm currently reading Gill Rapley's book on ther subject. and she says they will not eat anything if they are not ready for it. I (foolishly) put a few sticks of pears on his Bumbo tray while I was eating one. He is 5 months today, but my theory was that he should get used to the idea of seeing these strange things and I *really* didn't think he could pick them up. He did!!! And he *almost* made it. I had to snatch it out of his hand before he could eat it! He did get to suck his fingers though, which I think is ok.
I *never* thought I would be asking ahead of time if he was ready, but he seemed to have awesome motor skills then. Btw he is not sitting up on his own.
Does this mean he is ready? I know the 6 month mark is pretty serious, but I just think if he is ready it would be a great learning tool for him to explore things. And maybe I can eat my dinner before 9 when he goes to bed! lol.