I have an (ALMOST) 6-month-old. And I'm adament about waiting until at least 6 months to *try* solids. (I understand it may take longer since each baby's development is different.) I've been told by my mom and sisters that he will let me know when he's ready by doing things like grabbing at my spoon when I bring it to my mouth. But he's always been Mr. Grabby Hands since he started developing this skill around 3 months. So I don't think it has much to do with wanting to eat as it does he just wants what's in my hand. (He does the same with my cell phone. Does that mean he's ready to make a phone call? Haha!)
So what are the signs? Not just the grabbing, but the other signs? Is he letting me know and I'm just not reading him properly?
I've given him tastes of things. Two days ago I gave him a little mushed up banana. He was totally uninterested. Just mushed it around in his mouth and didn't even swallow. But then yesterday I was eating a Little Debbie snack (I know, BAD mama! But my blood sugar was dropping and it was all that was available) and he about jumped out of my arms to try and get it!
So... what exactly am I looking for here?
Also, there seems to be some debate as to how I introduce the solids. Should we start with purees or big chunks? Or does it matter?