Posted: 15/01/2011 at 16:15
Hey, g/c from toddler, I would say that if she's refusing then maybe she's not ready. Just because she's turned 6 months doesn't mean she's automatically ready. I would give it a few days and try again - the last thing you want to happen is for you to get stressed and for her to get apprehensive every time she gets put in a highchair.
Is she showing signs of being ready? Supporting herself properly/interested in your food/sitting? What about (as someone else suggested) going down the BLW route? With my LO I did a combination of finger food and spoon feeding, worked well for us but BLW has worked well for others - I can't really comment on it as I haven't tried it.
I started Sara on sweet potatoe puree and butternut squash puree - they both puree really smoothly and are quite sweet to the taste - remember breast/formula milk are both sweet. However, as I said before I would wait a few days and try again tbh - if she's pushing it out with her tongue and gagging then I feel that suggests she's not ready, maybe use the extra few days to get in the kitchen and cook a few batches of veg to freeze in ice cubes, its great to have them in stock.
Also, can I ask why are you starting with breakfast? Maybe your HV suggested it. What worked for us was to start with lunch - this was between milk feeds so she was a little peckish but not starving, not tired and I felt comfortable feeding veg at that time of day!
I hope I haven't been too blunt - I'm tired and when I'm tired I lack tact!!! Hope what I've said is helpful,