Let me just say that I understand the reasons to wait until 6 months or older to give solids; I don't do commercial baby cereal; and my first daughter wasn't really interested in solids until near 1 year old, so I'm not in a hurry for the sake of being in a hurry or anything. I understand that breastmilk is enough for at least 6 months.
That said, my 4.5-month-old gets so mad that I won't give her food. She is nowhere near sitting up by herself and is only just getting good at using her hands to pick up big stuff - no pincer grasp, that's for sure - but she is obsessed with food. She is constantly in my arms, and it's wearing me down how angry she keeps getting when she lunges for the food I'm holding/eating/preparing and I won't give it to her. And it's only food she does this with, not everything, so it's not just that she's "interested in everything." I had let her suck on my apple twice, and finally today I mashed up some banana when she lunged at mine (and then got mad I wouldn't give any to her), and put some on a spoon. She definitely swallowed it, didn't do the tongue thrusting thing to get it out of her mouth. So I'm pretty confused. To make me more confused, we do have a history of food allergies (I am allergic to eggs and my husband was allergic to dairy when a baby), though my older daughter isn't allergic to anything.
I don't know what I want exactly ... was anyone else's baby like this early on? She also has two teeth coming in already, but not front ones, oddly enough. I have considered that it might just be teething and wanting something in her mouth, but when I offer her a finger or a teething ring when she "asks" for food, she gets mad. But she'll take them at other times when she hasn't just been "teased" by having food go right by her face! Haha. Funny girl.
I asked my local LLL leader and she basically said 2 things: meat is a good thing to start with, and "You're the Mommy!"