My LO will be 6 months old in just over a week. At her last well baby check (at 4 mos) her doctor told us the signs to watch for that baby is developmentally ready for solids and said we could start when we think she's ready.
However, I have almost ZERO interest in starting solids now or in the near future. Is this OK? Almost everyone I know started solids sometime between 4 and 6 months (for some reason I can't imagine doing this) and even my friends who really stuck to the recommendation to wait until 6 months started right at 6 months. I don't see us doing that and I'm not sure if it's that she isn't ready or if it's MY problem. I can't put my finger on why I'm reluctant about it.
My baby can sit up on her own and has shown some interest in what is on our plates, but not in such a hungry way, just in a grabby way--she's at the stage where she's starting to want to grab at everything, food or not (and then put it in her mouth).
I want to follow her lead but how do I know she's ready? Is it the kind of thing where we won't know until we try?
The other day I was eating a banana and I put it near her mouth and she kind of starting sucking on it like a nipple (the same way she will try to nurse my finger or my nose or whatever). She didn't seem like she wanted to eat it.
Maybe things will change over the next few weeks, but for now, is there an age when we need to get serious about solids if we haven't? I know there is no rush, but I also feel like introducing solids is going to be a gradual process that will take several months, so I don't want to wait too long. I admit I'm slightly shy about going to her 6 month check-up and telling her doctor that we haven't attempted solids yet. He is pretty progressive and easy-going and actually encouraged us to wait until 6 months, but I think he might be surprised that we're not chomping at the bit, so to speak.