We started Carter on rice cereal yesterday. We didn't have his highchair yet (we do now) so we had to feed him in his swing (he didn't seem to mind).
The first bite was a little bit of a shock. He sort of looked at us like we'd just put something nasty in his mouth. But after he mushed it around in his mouth for awhile and realize he liked it, the rest of the feeding went pretty smoothly. By the end of the bowl of squish cereal he was opening his mouth and protesting if we took too long getting another scoop ready. Our little eater.
I will say this - I expected a mess ... but yikes. We may as well have fed him directly in his tub. Could someone please invent a highchair that transforms into a bathtub?