I read "French Kids Eat Everything" and inspired I began to adopt some of the practices in our home. Not 100% mind you, (heck, not even 30%) but some of the practices just made sense.
With the baby I breastfeed on demand and have begun feeding her what we eat (within reason). In the last 6 weeks shes ate turnips, parsnips, leeks, spinach, sweet potatoes, garlic, vinegar, lima beans, brussel sprouts, carrots..all kinds of fruit...basically what we eat minus my dh's affinity for the vegetarian/kosher "pop tarts" lol.
I don't feed her much in the ways of meat and she hasn't had rice cereal though she has had the multi grain earths best barley oat and spelt cereal 1x a day or used to thicken when I puree stuff.
Shes drank goats milk, coconut milk, and carrot/apple juice freshly juiced.
I have given her cow milk based yogurt.
So far it has worked well for us. She seems happier and very regular (2x a day I can expect a poo diaper!)
With the older kids they've gotten into the habit of picking out the strangest fruit or vegetable at the store and us preparing it and eating it. (Per the book) "You don't have to like it, but you do have to try it!" has become our motto.
With my last kids--- by this age we were formula feeding, as well as offering diluted apple juice in a sippy cup every day. We were feeding them pureed baby food and 'sneaks' of food we were eating with this huge set of "Thou Shalt Not" rules regarding infant food hanging over our head and making us feel guilty for...well, now I'm not even sure why. Not to mention my idea of veggies was peas, potatoes, corn, with something like asparagus being 'exotic'.
I *think* we may have found what works for us as a whole family. Any one else done things this way with previous children?
I know Sarah mentioned feeding avocoda and egg yolk (iirc?) as a first food and I know others are only feeding breastmilk until 12 months etc. so I was just kind of curious what every one else is doing.