We've jumped straight in to this weaning malarkey and on the menu this week have been sweet potato, melon, apple, pear, and butternut squash, with varying degrees of success and popularity.
She mostly just splats it all onto the highchair tray, wiping it on every available surface (I found apple smeared in her ear earlier on...) and generally not putting it in her mouth.
The few bits that have ended up being swallowed have resulted in the funniest whole body shivers/judders/shudders I've seen. It must be such an odd sensation to feel solid food instead of milk so I can't blame her really.
We're going for the baby led approach of putting the food in front of her, and letting her dictate how much she will eat. This seems a very natural way to progress to solid food for babies that are breastfed on demand as they have always been able to self-regulate their food intake. We've given her a few purees too - loaded up the spoon, tipped some out onto the tray and then let her take over. She seems very against being spoon fed so hopefully the baby-led method of weaning will work well for her.
Oh and that thing of taking hundreds of photos of your baby's face covered in food? Yeah, that.
It's all exciting though. Messy, but exciting!