We started offering solid food about 5 weeks ago at 7 months. I just gave him big chunks and he initially played with it and tasted it. Now he is getting better with pincer grip, and can get food to his mouth better.
I feel this "pressure" to have him eating more solid food. The other day I didn't have any more frozen roasted vegetables, so because we were eating what was left in the pantry, I gave him a rinsed canned green bean. I chewed on one first to assess it's mushability, and thought it fine.
Well my son scared me. He was gagging a lot on the piece he gummed off. I was so relieved when he pushed most of it back out. but he continued to struggle with swallowing the little piece he still had in his mouth. When he nursed a little while later, he had to pull off at first to get it swallowed.
It really scared me. But When i offered him some of my applesauce the next night, on a spoon, he wanted to grab the spoon with both hands and put it in his mouth on his own. So spoon feeding him isn't going to work