Re: not sure if we're going to be ready to start solids.
According to my kids' pediatrician, until the first birthday solids are for experimenting with new tastes, textures, and motor skills only. They're not nutritionally necessary, because breastmilk or formula alone meet all a baby's nutritional needs until the first birthday (or thereabouts- later for some kids, earlier for others). So what does that mean for the introduction of solid foods? It means you don't have to worry about feeding baby entire meals or entire jars of solids. If your child prefers to eat some solids, fine. If she tastes them and then spits them out, still fine. And if she won't put them near her mouth and prefers to explore them with her hands, still fine!
At 6 months, I would give baby some healthy solids to explore with her mouth or hands. Small quantities, to start. A fingertip of mashed banana. A piece of smashed steamed carrot on her high chair tray. A few cheerios. That's all she needs to allow her to explore solids, without there being any expectation that she actually eats them. And then follow her lead! If she's really interested in solids, give her a little more the next time. Just remember to always nurse first, to maximize baby's breastmilk intake.
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