my friend who had a baby similar time to me also waited until 26 weeks.
lots of people on here have waited until 26 weeks.
why can you not imagine making it to 26 weeks?
you can offer your baby finger food, and if they are sitting unaided, able to pick up a piece of food, get it to their mouth, chew and swallow, and have lost the tongue thrust reflex, chances are their gut is mature enough for food.
growth spurts are best satisified with milk, which is more filling and nutritious than a small amount of food
weaning onto solids is more abotu offering tastes, exploring textures and having a compliment, rather than a replacement to milk , food is for fun until you are one!
Lots of people "make it" to 26 weeks - I don't understand the benefits of starting earlier - weaning is more work, and lots of mess! Wait until 26 weeks and start baby-led weaning is my tip - any earlier and you have to follow more strict rules about what they can eat, and they can't self-feed.
My DD was 24 weeks when I first started to try her on food, just the odd thing like a finger of butternut sqush, not everyday, every few days, trying different textures, she was 26 weeks before I started making the food regular. Giving her breakfast to start for a few days, the 2 meals a day and now 3 meals. She's 8.5 months