Is my baby ready for solids?
This is a quick check list to know for sure. If YES to all of the above, your little one may be ready to begin babyled weaning (i.e. consumption of the first non-milk items).
If no to even one, waiting a little longer may be best. Watch your baby, not the dates or the calendar (except for age minimums). There is no harm in delaying the starting of solids for a baby who is otherwise nursed/fed on cue around the clock, and there are many benefits (immunity, development, gut health) up to a certain point, and when it is done in baby's own perfect timing.
Additional good reading on this topic and more:
Baby Matters (the science behind why waiting matters): http://astore.amazon.com/peacefparent-20/detail/0975317040
Take Charge of Your Child's Health (chapter on breastfeeding, and chapter on starting solids/natural weaning): http://astore.amazon.com/peacefparent-20/detail/156924653X
Natural Family Living (chapter on breastfeeding/starting solids): http://astore.amazon.com/peacefparent-20/detail/0671027441
Our Babies, Ourselves (sections that address breastfeeding and weaning throughout humanity and around the world today): http://astore.amazon.com/peacefparent-20/detail/0385483627
How Weaning Happens (an oldie but goodie!): http://astore.amazon.com/peacefparent-20/detail/0912500549
Babyled Weaning: http://astore.amazon.com/peacefparent-20/detail/161519021X
Parents with little ones moving into their weaning days are welcome to join the Babyled Weaning Group on Facebook: FB.com/groups/Babyled
Breastfeeding moms are welcome to join: FB.com/groups/Breastfed