We waited longer to feed Ellie solid foods than either of the boys. I had recently read a study linking earlier feeding with pneumonia. Well, we started Zeke as soon as he turned 4 months and he has been hospitalized with pneumonia. We waited with Ben and he has not had it. I'm not saying that every kid who starts eating solids early gets it, but in our little family's personal experience, we looked at our history and chose to wait. (and honestly, it's just so much more work to have to really feed a baby).
Ellie started with avocado
She was more interested in the spoon
Like with most babies, she got more on her face than in her mouth
We are also working on a sippy cup. Not sure how much she actually gets, but it's a work in progress