These signs are:
- Reaching out for your food while you're eating
He is always trying to grab my food. One day I was eating crackers and cheese and he nearly had them clean out of my hands
- They are able to sit and are able to hold their head up
He isn't quite sitting, but he's not far off if he would just sit still long enough. He has strong neck muscles
- They swallow the food and don't just push it out of their mouth with their tongue
You can't know the answer to this one till you try them on food for the first time. I tried my baby with some baby rice earlier in the month and most of it ended up down his chin so maybe he wasn't ready at that time.
After our first attempt at solid food I didn't give him any more solid food till last week. Someone had suggested that the baby rice may be too bland in taste and to try adding other flavours to it, or try veg.
So far we have tried sweet potato which has been a huge success and a small piece of banana that I allowed him to pick up with his fingers.
For the sweet potato I peeled, boiled and puréed it and divided it between small tubs which could go in the freezer. Each day I take one out to defrost and give it to him mid afternoon.
I've also given him some baby rice again, but this time with a small amount of mashed banana.
This week we are trying parsnip.
Here are a few photos, sorry they're not great, I just took them with my phone. As you can see he's enjoying his food.
Also here's a little video of him eating, but be warned watching a baby eat isn't a pretty sight!!