If you google introducing solids you might come across baby led weaning (BLW). BLW is an approach that skips purees and spoon feeding altogether and encourages baby to eat whole pieces of food starting at 6 months.
The world of nutrition is always changing as are guidelines. You may have seen in the news earlier this year that there had been some major updates to the Canadian Pediatric allergen guidelines, which might shift your perspective on introducing new foods. Currently Health Canada suggests introducing solids at around 6 months, although some parents will hear 4-6 months depending on their health care providers advise or their child’s growth and development. In general, a variety of different foods and different textures should be offered at 6 months, including common allergens for both low and high risk infants.
Readiness for solid foods is very much a developmental milestone, like taking, crawling and walking. Each baby will be ready at slightly different times, based more on their ability to eat food and to tolerate it. One thing we can rely on, is that your baby knows when she is ready!
When I became a mum to my first son Ben, I was so eager for him to get to the next stage of everything. When was he going to smile, walk, talk or eat real food? I was lucky enough to be able to breastfeed and I did that exclusively for the first 7 months until I went back to work. It was around the same time that I began introducing solid food into his diet. 6 months of age is the time to start thinking about introducing solid food but there is no harm to exclusively breastfeed for the first year. Your baby will get all the nutrients he/she needs through your breast milk. Even if you do introduce solid food, the formula or breast milk intake is still their main source of nutrition and should be until 12 months of age.