Instead, what I learned that it really means is that you introduce food immediately and then you slowly start to wean your floor of the various tarps needed to protect it from the half-chewed & expelled carrots and you slowly start to wean the baby from the various complicated smocks & bib technologies that you acquired for top dollar from the internet's most expensive bibberies.
Whatever your definition, I'm happy to report that the weaning - while not going quite as quickly as I or the floor would have liked - is progressing. We put the bottles away about a week ago, along with the dreaded bottle drying rack, which served the dual purpose of cluttering up our kitchen counter, as well as breeding new species of fruit flies. Edie also appears to be swallowing roughly 60% more of her food these days, which is reducing the amount of cleanup of floor & person.
Unfortunately, she's not taken a real shining to throwing her new & expensive sippy cup technologies at the poor dented & stained floor, as well as at her mother and me, but I'll take that. It's a lot easier and less vomit inducing to pick up a cup than it is to pick avocado out of the crevices of her chair.
Speaking of disgusting, I'd like to point out the picture above, which is the first photo evidence of voluntary sibling contact.
Not pictured, the booger that he's undoubtably rubbing on her hand.