my girls all started solids at 4mo. no, of course none of them NEEDED it and i continued to BF, but they all naturally expressed an interest right around that time period.
dd1-i did your standard babyfood route. started w/cereal and BM mixed, then intro'd fruit and veggies one at a time/every few days/yada...yada...yada she had cheerios probably around 9-10mos
dd2-was drinking from a sippy cup by herself (H2O) at 4mo and ate whatever she could grab at. i started to try babyfood and she was not having ANY of it. so, b/c she was interested, but didn't want baby food and really... who has time for that when you've got a toddler on the loose? i just fed her like a bird. whatever i was eating, chewed it up, pulled it out, fed it to her w/my fingers. this grossed many people out but she
ed it, so whatever! she was feeding herself by 8mos.
dd3-has been eating cheerios and crackers on her own since 5mos. she is insane! she's also been crawling and pulling up for the last 2mos so she's just out-of-control across the board
good finger foods -
mac-n-cheese (you can get organic good stuff and over-cook it so it's mushy)
cheerios (gotta be the real thing, usually the cheap stuff or the organic alternatives are not as "melt in your mouth" and they tend to gag)
crackers/hard bread/bagels - avoid those biter biscuit things like the plague! that is, unless you love to clean up messes and have disgusting goo everywhere. if so, then by all means...
little pieces of cheese
little pieces of fruit
really cooked well carrots cut up
and i highly recommend the bird food method. easy, clean, they like it!