We sort of combined BLW with mashed foods. I tend to let him hold the spoon himself though because he is more likely to put it in his mouth, he doesn't seem to like being spoon fed. All I do is mash his food with a fork, or feed him whole pieces of soft foods. We have a couple of small plastic spoons and bowls. You don't need heaps of stuff to feed a baby, and you don't need to puree their food, if they are truly ready for solids they should be able to manage a few lumps. Pureed food actually encourages them to swallow/eat food before they are ready as it gets past the extrusion reflex if they still have it.