Re: Starting solids
I agree with the pp's.
My DD snarfed down cereal the very first time she had it (rice cereal). Then she hated it and would gag. There was no difference in how it was prepared. I tried a few other foods and she would have nothing to do with them. This was at 6.5 months. I waited a month and tried her on beef. She liked it.
She is now 8 months and has had chicken, beef and turkey from a jar. Green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, and asparagus that I pureed. She tried avocado yesterday and hated it.
Don't worry about using cereal as the first food. Don't forget, red meat is high in iron.