I started with spoon feeding at 5.5 months, found it really stressful (ds didn't deal well with lumps etc) and moved to blw at 8 months. Best decision ever. Way less scary!! We did steamed veg sticks, banana, strawberry, mango, dry pasta etc to start with and moved on as he got better at it. I think I delayed egg till 12 months and he was fine with it. I definitely recommend reading the blw book too (have a look on the website).good luck though, it's messy at first but worth it when they become so independent. Buy a drop sheet for the floor for the early days, I bought a couple of cheap shower curtains from the reject shop which I could wash and hang on the line and eventually throw out