Oh my.... I thought I would get on this forum and "browse" some information about starting solids. Now I'm so confused and overwhelmed! My baby will be 6 months on Saturday, and I thought I would give him some cereal mixed with EBM to start. After a couple of days, I was planning on giving him some homemade vegetable purees. Now I'm reading about oatmeal instead of rice cereal, skipping cereal, going straight to finger foods, and many other options. I'm afraid that I looked for help and got confused instead! Is there anything wrong with doing cereals and purees at the beginning?
Also, I'm reading about if my baby's "ready." He sits up unsupported sometimes but can always sit up with a little help from me to balance. He doesn't quite have a pincer grasp, but is very good at reaching and picking things up. He also stares at me with a forlorn expression and makes chewing motions that mimic mine while I eat. I would call that ready (even though I'm not!!!)
Two more questions. When can/should I introduce the Gerber puffs? and If I'd like to give him oatmeal instead of rice cereal first, is it just the oatmeal that I make myself?