I have compiled some information to help you all in deciding when to start solids for your baby. Breastmilk or formula should be the only thing your baby eats for at least the first 6 months. But I strongly encourage you to watch your baby not his/her age. Here are a list of the signs of developmental readiness for solids. Your baby should exihibit ALL of these to be optimally ready for soilds intake:
* Baby has good head control, has lost the "bobble-head" look.
* Baby can sit up well WITHOUT support.
* Baby has lost tongue thrust reflex, doesn't automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
* Baby is ready and willing to chew.
* Baby has developed "pincer" grasp, is able to pick food up between thumb and forefinger. The "palmar" grasp is not a substitute!
* Baby is eager to participate with family during mealtimes. He may try to take food and put it into his own mouth.
And please remember, solids intake at this age, meaning until 1 year old, is not about the amount of intake of solids, it is merely for fun and texture. Solids should compliment a diet that is primarily breastmilk/formula from around the 6 month marker until 1. If your baby is not trying some solids by 8 months or so, please refer to your physician to rule out any medical issues.