For introducing Lulu to solids, we're following the principles of baby led weaning. Baby lead weaning simply means letting babies feed themselves. For the first few months babies continue to get all their nutrients from milk (formula or breastmilk) so food can be something they have fun exploring. So many different textures and tastes, why should food be boring, spoon fed mush?
Lulu is just over five months and we've started her on her first solids. On Saturday she had a little bit of baby cereal. I tried to spoon feed her the first bite but she wasn't having a bar of it, so I gave her the spoon with a tiny bit on the end and she chewed on it while I ate my cereal. It sure was fun watching her explore the cereal.
While Nick cooked dinner the other night (oh yeah a bit of an awesome husband brag here) he sat Lulu in her chair and gave her a snow pea to munch on. Boy did that keep her occupied. She chucks her teethers away within about five seconds but the snow pea she held onto for a good twenty minutes (with a few accidental drops). She didn't break the skin, so none of the peas got out. I realise this may be quite hazardous and it is probably better to use celery sticks, but if you are watching carefully, snow peas are ok.
At the moment the amount of solids she's actually eating is miniscule, so I figure starting her a few weeks before the baby led weaning recommended 6 months isn't too bad. When did your baby start on solids?