Quoting kirsten anita:" dont give a teething baby oragel it hardens their gums and will drag the teething process out. my mom ... [snip!] ... on sat and she cries every time i eat cuz she wants some lol. im starting her on solids because thats a sign she is ready. "
I've used orajel with all my kids without any issues. There are other ways to deal with teething though if the OP doesn't want to use orajel.
These are the signs of readiness for solids and there are some very good reasons to wait until 6 months to introduce them. I can post them if you are interested OP.
What do the experts say?
Health experts and breastfeeding experts agree that it’s best to wait until your baby is around six months old before offering solid foods. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and many other health organizations
recommend that babies be exclusively breastfed (no cereal, juice or other foods) for the first 6 months of life. I’m not going into the many health benefits of delaying solids here; see Why Delay Solids?
for more information.
Developmental signs that baby is ready for solids
Solids readiness depends on both the maturity of baby’s digestive tract
and baby’s developmental readiness for solids. Although the maturity of baby’s digestive system is not something that we can readily observe, research indicates that 6 months appears to be ideal for avoiding the allergies and other health risks of too-early solids. After this point, different babies are ready for solids at different times — developmental readiness for solids cannot be determined using a calendar. Most babies are developmentally ready for solids somewhere between 6 and 8 months.
Signs that indicate baby is developmentally ready for solids include:
- Baby can sit up well without support.
- Baby has lost the tongue-thrust reflex and does not automatically push solids out of his mouth with his tongue.
- Baby is ready and willing to chew.
- Baby is developing a “pincer” grasp, where he picks up food or other objects between thumb and forefinger. Using the fingers and scraping the food into the palm of the hand (palmar grasp) does not substitute for pincer grasp development.
- Baby is eager to participate in mealtime and may try to grab food and put it in his mouth.
...Make sure you look at all the signs of solids readiness as a whole
, because increased nursing alone is not likely to be an accurate guide to baby’s readiness.http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starting-solids/solids-when/