Most child "professionals" now recommend starting baby on solid foods at the age of 6 months. The primary reasons given are to avoid developing allergies and also because the baby's digestive system is not really mature enough to handle food before then. Having said that however, alot of mums I know started their babies on solids at the age of 4 months without any ill effects. I believe every baby is different and ready to try things at different times. Nobody knows a baby better than it's mother - and only you can decide if they are ready for solid foods or not.
I waited until 5.5 mths to start my little girl on solids and, like most mums, started out with baby cereal to get her used to eating from a spoon. Once she started taking the food well (only a few days) I started introducing mashed vegies and fruits. The clinics also recommend introducing new foods one at a time to check for allergies.
Anyway, I hope this has been of some help to you!
Remember, introducing solids should be a fun experience for mum and baby. if your baby is not ready - you will know it!
Gabriella, Chiara & angel called home