DS will be 6 mos this weekend. For the past month he has been very interested in our food. He can sit up easily in his Bumbo chair and has no tongue thrust reflex. Since he has been getting progressively more frustrated when we eat meals in front of him, we tried giving him a little rice cereal this week. I nursed him first then prepared the cereal. As soon as he saw the spoon, he grabbed it and shoved it into his mouth. I ended up using two spoons to feed him about 2T of rice cereal mixed with BM. As I loaded one spoon up, he messily fed himself with the other . I initially was going to feed solids the traditional route (ie starting with purees) but now I think he may do better with BLS since he is so independent. I am still worried about potential allergies and would like to try a new food every 5 to 7 days. The next food we were going to try was avocado. Is it safe to simply offer him a slice rather than mashing it up and spoon feeding him?