I know, I know, this horse is dead. I'm not here to tell, I'm here to ask.
So Rhys is 5.5 months. We have zero intention of introducing solid foods a moment before 6 months. It's not happening, especially with the pile of food allergies in our family.
He has been showing interest in food for a few weeks now, and has now moved on to full-out grabbing for food and trying to shove it into his mouth. I know that this, alone, is more indicative of curiosity than of readiness for solid foods. He also seems to be nursing more frequently--but that could be due to separation anxiety, fatigue, the fact that he just cut a tooth, or that we spent the last two weeks away from home. IDK.
My pedi told us we could feel free to introduce solids when we were ready, and that, "If he starts sleeping poorly, [we] could start solids to help him sleep longer." To me, that just seems like flawed logic. Sure, babies wake bc they are hungry. But I don't necessarily think shoving some sweet potatoes into his mouth is a fix-all.
So, what say ye, February 2013? We've firmly established that a good number of us are following the WHO guidelines and waiting until, at minimum, six months. But then what? I don't think we've discussed how we know when it is right to start after that six month mark. How did you decide your kid was ready?