One day short of 6 months, Allie got her first bite of solid food. It was rather funny to see her grab the carrot sticks (that I think I didn't cook long enough) and gum them and suck on them. I don't that Allie has any idea about what to do with "real" food yet.
After a bit of research, Todd and I decided to pass over the baby cereal and pureed baby food and go right into real solid human food. Would you want to eat mashed up peas and beef? The theory is that babies who follow this type of feeding, will be better eaters in the long run and willing to try more foods in the future. I have also learned that babies do not need solid food until really they are a year old...everything before that is just for fun and play...to teach them how to eat so they will be prepared when they do turn one. My friends think I'm crazy and my pediatrician says she won't get enough iron. I guess we will find out at her 9 month check up. I'm not worried. I just want her to have a good experience with food...and a non-stressful experience. I don't want to play the airplane game and I don't want to force feed her just because she needs to finish the jar. This way seems much easier...and I'm an easy going person. It's a perfect fit.