My son is 5.5 months, so with the big 6 month milestone approaching, we are starting to think about introducing solids. Our daycare provider and pediatrician are very anxious for us to get on with it - they both ask constantly if we've begun. My dilemma is that DS doesn't seem very interested in solids. When I hold him on my lap at dinner, he likes to squish around on my plate but never puts anything in his mouth. If I let him lead, I think he's telling me he's not really all that ready. But I've also read that the longer you delay, the more chance there will be problems with food allergies.
That brings me to my next question. What are the first foods that are ideal when you are dealing with potential allergies? DS has a horrible time when I consume dairy - eczema and spitting up; my daughter does not tolerate soy at the age of 3; and I have a gluten sensitivity. I don't know if this predisposes him to allergies or not. Bearing all of this in mind, I don't know if I should begin with rice cereal or with fruit/veggies. Our pediatrician is big on the rice cereal and sweet veggies, but I am still on the fence. Should I skip all of this and just let him continue to play on my plate (keeping his away from fish, eggs, dairy, etc) until the day he opts to put anything into his mouth?
Thank you for advising!