We found it easiest to start solids when they were under a year by doing solids at normal meal times for our family. By the time they were a year old, that would mean that they were sitting down at the table with us as a family for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and possibly a late morning and late afternoon snack as well if they were hungry.
It's not as much of a paitb if you are feeding them what you're eating as a family, and doing meal times all together.
I found that once we made the switch from nursing before all solids before 1 year of age, to stopping doing that after 1 year, that it was also easier to encourage that they ate more during mealtime. Before 1 year, I'd have to work in time to nurse baby before meals, but afterwards, we could go with the flow, and just have lunch a 1/2 hour early or whatever.
I also found that after a year, it was more beneficial for my kids if I offered them a snack or a meal when they were hungry, and offered to let them nurse afterwards.
I guess, you could say that I stopped "demand" nursing them after a year. Though that's not really the intention though, iykwim. We just worked on teaching them how to eat regular solid food meals and teaching them to eat solid food when they were hungry and drink water when they were thirsty, instead of just looking to the breast to ease their hunger and thirst. I still nursed my oldest until age 2, and my youngest is still nursing now at age 2.5 and still breastfed them whenever they needed it, but offered solids and other beverages first to teach them how to satisfy those cravings without nursing...is that as clear as mud? lol.