My Take on Introducing Solids
Like with every other developmental milestone, I choose to take the child-led route. I let him feed himself, if he's interested. I have a few rules I follow; for example 1. nothing chokable, of course, and 2. veggies first. I don't spoon feed him anything. And I don't give him any baby cereals or the like.
I think it's important to follow his lead, and let him make his own decisions. I also think it's important for him to first develop a taste for vegetables before fruit. He really isn't ingesting any food, he's just getting a feel and a slight taste of different flavors. Really, he only needs breast milk. I think taking this approach will help him develop lifelong healthy eating habits. It worked for his veggie-loving big brother :).