I'm with Simone (down to the lazy part! bfing is totally easy! and unless and occasional bit of spitup occurs, there's NO cleanup! and no dishes either
Lucy *just* turned five months and I know that right now she's nowhere near ready for 'real' foods. (though really, breastmilk is *the* most real and bestest food ever!). if when she's six months she seems 'ready' then we'll work with something like... squished up avacado or something... With Katherine we didn't buy *any* prepackaged baby food and yes, I'm quite pleased with that. I'm planning on doing the same with Lucy.
Hm... today we are going 30 miles over to the closest hf store... maybe if they have some organic produce or other goodies I'll get some and get to squishing them up and freezing them!
As to how you know your babe is ready? The tongue-thrust reflex is of course a dead giveaway. I'm sure Lucy would totally just push anything else out of her mouth right now, it's just where she's at... so I'm not even thinking about trying.
Plus, I find that by delaying solids, it's always a good way to bring up the benefits of breastmilk and 'extended' (heh... as in longer than a few months) breastfeeding.
I still find it completely amazing that even after having waited until six months to start any solids with Katherine (and having people see that she did turn out fine), people are trying to get Lucy to eat food. I mean, they don't actively put a spoon in her mouth or anything, but make comments on how much she seems to be paying attention to the food during dinner, etc... um yeah... she also pays attention to the remote controlled car, the pepsi can and the scissors when I'm sewing (they're all blue, actually... I think she really likes blue things)... but I'm sure she doesn't want to EAT them all!
(besides.... she gets the best pad thai rice noodles with red curry sauce leftovers -- two hours after I eat it
that's way better than anything else right now I'd think. ... ... well, maybe that's just *my* favorite ... doesn't seem to bother her