5 months is FINE to give it a try. The recommendations are 4-6 months, but yes some pediatricians do recommend waiting until 6 months.
Baby food and cereal are not for nutrition anyway. They're just for practice. Don't worry about it right now, just give it a try here and there until she picks up on it. Some take a little longer to get used to it than others, it's not a big deal.
I happened to have kids who took right to it at 4 months when we started (with the pediatrician's recommendation). I know others who they kept trying until they just gave up on baby food and switched to offering table foods I think it was at about 10 months....
Don't sweat it. It's really not a major problem at this age.
at 10:00 AM on Jun. 24, 2009