First of all, I am not breastfeeding any less just because we are starting to offer foods at meals. Buttercup nurses 5-6 times a day, and we will offer her solid food two times a day at this point.
Ok, so I decided to start Buttercup off with banana. It's easily digestible, full of good nutrients, yadda yadda. I thought it might work best to peel the banana down a couple of inches, then trim off the peel so that it didn't get in her way. That way, she'd have a "handle." Yeah, that worked for about 10 seconds, until she squooshed the top part off into a big slimy mess. I think she got some in her mouth, though, judging by her grimace. It was really difficult for her to hold any of the pieces after that, and she got frustrated being in the bumbo (hand-crafted highchair still forthcoming, according to Grandpa). So...that was our first experience.
PROS: easily digestible food
CONS: need to find a better way to serve... (check out a later experiment with banana)