introducing solids?

Now that Zoey is 4 months old, we are starting to talk about when we will start introducing solid foods. It's just a whole different ballgame from her big sister. Jessi was more than ready for solids at 4 months, and was needing something more. She did fantastic and loved eating her cereals, fruits and veggies. However, Zoey is a different story. She's a tiny little thing, and has taken her time with everything. She isn't very interested in sitting up for long, and I highly doubt us spoon feeding her will really excite her like it did Jess. So, it was pretty easy for us to decide to hold off a bit longer before starting with her - a choice that is fitting for her individual self. Each baby is different, ya know?

Jessi indulging herself in some carrots at just 4 months. Could her & Zoey look any more alike??

There are so many controversial things when it comes to raising children, and feeding is one of them. It's always been kinda common knowledge that you start your baby on rice cereal, then move to veggies and fruits. But thanks to my FIL who is a brilliant doctor (it's so nice having a doc in the family so my pediatrician doesn't get 5 million annoying phone calls! hooray!), I'm learning some new things about introducing solids. Researchers are finding out that it's not necessary to start on rice cereal, they say to introduce meats first! Feeding veggies, fruits and meats early on can be a good thing for them and help them to get the nutrients they really need. They are finding that by introducing all those things they have warned us about, it helps fight allergies later on. Go figure.Β 

We are just trying to figure out what is best for our little Zoey and when and how we will start solids for her. I would love to hear your stories and advice!

Did you wait until 6 months to start solids? What do you think are the best first foods for babies?