hey, A close friend of mine has gone and got loads of jars of baby food and rusks ready for when my little girl is ready to start weaning. It says 4months on the packets i was wounderin should i start her on them now? or wait another month?
6 months is the current reccomended guidelines. It's not a race. Take things slowly. It will be much, much easier and less stressfull to wean when she is ready than when your mates are.
Have a chat with your HV and she'll talk you through the signs of when a babe is ready for starting solids. If you wait you don't have to bother with the jars or faffy purees at all, you can just give her some of what you have on a plate.
Rusks are the work of the Devil himself. Nowt but sugar. And they're vile.
Eat the rusks yourself! As others have said they are massively sugary, and they make a horrible mess as well when they dribble them out everywhere (as they tend to do when you first start!) - plus they are really nice
The baby rice cakes which are sweetened with fruit juice are a good alternative to rusks. Or you can even buy the unsalted ones from the adult snack section of the supermarket and just break them up.
When DS started getting interested in food we just let him sit at the table in his highchair at mealtimes and once he could sit up well in the chair we let him have some soft, easy to hold food like cooked carrot sticks, broccoli etc, he would just play with them at first, but he liked exploring them and then once he realised they tasted good he was away! If you do a google search (or look on mumsnet) for "baby led weaning" you will find loads of information and safety guidelines about doing this.
Surreytrace, have a look at the NHS website on weaning. It tells you the three signs your baby is ready for solids. As you know every baby is different. They all start rolling over or crawling at different age. The same applies to weaning. But most are ready closer to 6mo than 4mo. But if you watch for the signs suggested by NHS you won't go wrong.
Like others say rusk is basically a biscuit. You probably won't want to start your baby weaning with one. Most people start with either root veg or fruit.