A little background- dd is 11 months old. At about 6 1/2 months, we introduced solids. She didn't really take to them until about 8 1/2 months. We offered some solids that she'd pick up and feed herself, as well as pureed "baby foods". We basically introduced the purees because she wouldn't eat any veggies unless they were pureed.
So now, at 11 months, she won't feed herself anymore. There are certain things that she will eat, like cereal bars (because she really likes them). But otherwise, she won't do it... She is hungry, however, because as soon as we put her into her high chair, she starts to open her mouth and lean toward us. If we put food on her tray, she picks it up, plays with it, crumbles it, and then drops it off the edge of the tray or puts it in the dog's mouth. Therefore, we have resorted to using mostly baby foods for her to eat while still letting her explore the solid foods.
I'm sure this is just a phase, as she really enjoys dropping everything over the edge of the high chair, as well as from the grocery cart, out of the exersaucer, etc.