I would suggest waiting until at least 6 mos of age, and at that time, nurse/feed a bottle first, and THEN offer solids. You can start with cereal as many do, but it's not NECESSARY, so you can skip it if you want. Good starter foods are banana, avocado and sweet potato. Depending on the age you are starting, you can take a banana, or avocado or a sweet potato, and just cut it into small, bite sized pieces. In the case of the sweet potato, you would need to cook it first, so that it is soft, you can bake it and THEN cut it into bite sized pieces. I would say anytime after 6 mos, you can do this and let baby just self feed. If you are starting younger then that, you can fork mash those foods, or other foods you would like to introduce, or puree them, or purchase pre made baby food and just spoon feed. I DO NOT recommend ever feeding any solids IN a bottle. I think that solids are to be fed via spoon, or self fed.
at 8:03 PM on Feb. 11, 2011