We started offering Lukas solids a month ago.
I believe in delaying solids until six months at least. We chose to start a little earlier based on how long Lukas had been meeting other developmental milestones that indicate a readiness for solids, and because he was a late baby - born two and a half weeks past his due date!
Lukas is more into solids now than a month ago, but I don't offer every meal - or even every day. And when he eats, it's less than a teaspoon combined. It's fine- solids are for fun and to experience tastes and textures. His nutrition comes from nursing, and the majority of it needs to continue to come from nursing until he hits a year.
So far, Lukas likes: cucumber, sweet potato, white potato, waffles, french toast sticks, homemade bread sticks, pasta, broccoli, chicken, apples, avocado, and carrots.
He does not like: bananas, watermelon, peaches, and white apricots.
We learned that plates and bowls are toys and not meant to hold food. We also learned that not all babies make a huge mess with food. Sure, there's some food smeared on the table and his chest when he's done - but it's not a gigantic mess by any means.
And if you can't tell, we're not offering jarred baby food, nor am I making homemade purees. Lukas is eating finger food. So if we're eating food that's appropriate for him, he gets to eat some, too. Sometimes I put the food I'm okay with him eating to one side of my plate and let him take his own food; sometimes I hand him something to try; and sometimes I put food down on his high chair or the table for him.