1. I would wait until I knew baby was ready (I mean REALLY ready) for eating. I'm an on-demand BF'er. I will nurse him for 3 hours if he wanted to and whenever he wants to. So there's no issue of lack of supply or him not being offered BM. I swore I would wait until 7 or 8 mos to even consider feeding him anything other than BM. BUT as it turned out, 5 mos old he was RAVENOUSLY grabbing at whatever we were eating. He'd SCREAM as he watched us eat. So I constantly had to stop eating, BF him, then resume eating. ONLY to have him grabbing and screaming again. He is a very aggressive eater. SO I decided--it's time to start pureed foods.
2. I discovered how easy it is to make home made baby foods. I bought some special little trays from Babies R Us which come with labels and individual little cup things. I bought some sweet potatoes, apples, and I had a pumpkin from Halloween. I baked the pumpkin, and steamed the apples/sweet potatoes. All I did was puree them in my Bullet, and voila! Baby food. I did add some of the water from the steaming pot to the puree to make it slightly more runny. It's WAYYYYYY cheaper and much more healthy to do it yourself. I shop our local farmer's market for most of my produce, and it's so awesome to NOT have to rely on people like Gerber to make our baby's foods.