Your baby knows when they’re ready to try things. They’ll start by watching you eat food, then if you bring your food they’ll start opening their mouth (they might even do that as you take a bite- without you bringing it to their mouth). This is how they show you they’re interested in trying food.
It’s no secret my boyfriend and I like food. From birth when I was eating, Xavier insisted he must also be eating. I swear he could sense a plate on my lap from another room and would cry for breastfeeding. From like age 2 or 3 months we had been dipping our fingers in our food or drinks and sticking them in X’s mouth so he could try a variety of flavours. You can try introducing solids as early as 4 months, and by all means, if your baby is demonstrating they’re ready you should totally give it a try.
To begin with, I started X with mesh feeder popsicles (like the ones Munchkin sells). A friend warned me against putting banana in them as difficult to wash out. Some brands of these things are white and bananas will dye them to a dull greyish/brown colour-eew. BUT Xavier adored bananas in it, so I toughed it out.
The baby will get MESSY. High chairs are a MUST. Fruit juice will get all over them- but they’ll LOVE IT! X’s second favourite fruit was raspberry (my favourite) and when he ate it- it looked like a bloody massacre-red EVERYWHERE- it was adorable.
A few weeks of this and X got used to mashing up the fruit with his gums, so we started blending fruits and veggies in our bullet; buying the squeezy tubes (both the Loblaws brand as the calories are 1/2 of all the other brands- but also a reusable one from a posh baby store) as they’re super helpful feeding your baby on the go; and pinching tiny pieces of our food and feeding them to him (just be careful with grains/pasta/breads) as they’re tough on baby’s tummy and they can’t really digest them yet.