Poppy is at a really fun stage of eating. In addition to spoons, menus, and wooden tables, she will eat pretty much everything you put in front of her. We started giving her solids a few months back when she began showing an interest in food. There is always a lot of debate over when exactly babies should start on solids, and for us we trusted our instincts and started when she seemed ready. She still nurses on demand throughout the day, and I expect we'll continue for awhile as Soren nursed for 14 months.
While we did a lot of baby led weaning with Soren, Poppy doesn't really like eating things with her hands. I think she realizes it's much faster to eat off of a spoon that someone else is frantically trying to re-load. She squeals and yells if you are too slow.
I have not been making special meals for her, but rather mashing up small portions of whatever we are eating. It's so much easier this way, and she gets a wide variety of foods. It also forces me to make healthy meals for the family, as something like pizza would not work well for her. Meals like chili and rice, chicken and veggies, stir-frys, or even hamburgers are some of our faves. Poppy is not really eating wheat yet, so her 'hamburger' consisted of a mashed up avocado, some cheddar cheese, tomato and hamburger bits.
Here are some of her other faves: banana, mushy pears, greek yogurt, applesauce, smoothies, hummus (she LOVES hummus!), mashed cauliflower - which we love too and eat at least once a week, asparagus, carrots, beets, squash, salmon, all-beef wieners, bacon, and eggs. She also loves to drink water from a glass… her little tongue laps up the water in the funniest way… and she surprisingly does not make a huge mess. I'm crossing my fingers for a good eater, as Soren is the absolute pickiest eater right now.