Despite my initial plan to wait until 6 months to begin solid food, last week, at exactly 5 months old, my son had his first taste of solids. He was showing us all the signs of readiness and we got the blessing from our pediatrician to go ahead and try to see how he’d do. I was still hesitant, but my husband was insistent that he was ready and that waiting at this point was kind of silly. And ultimately, I agreed with him.
We decided in advance that if he tongue thrusted all the food out or otherwise just showed that he wasn’t really ready (gagging, not opening his mouth, etc) that we’d back off and try again in another month. We didn’t want to push solids for no reason since he was thriving on breastmilk, but we also didn’t want to hold him back if we didn’t have to.
Much to our delight, he seemed to be perfectly ready and able to manage solids, but his reaction wasn’t quite what I was expecting…
For those worried, he seems to like pears MUCH better. See, he did get something from me!