Yesterday, 06:09 PM
on the one hand I think dcp should do as parents ask whenever possible, whether they agree or not. on the other, this may simply not be possible in practice depending on age and number of other children being cared for.
personally I am also doing baby led solids (daughter is now 20 months) and I keep offered food very small in amount and usually no more than 2 or 3 items on her tray at a time, usually a tiny sampling if what I am eating myself, although now i know more what she likes and keep those items on hand as well. If she eats it all, or all of one thing, or drops it essentially accidentally and clearly wants more, she gets more. I don't see any harm in offering a wide variety of items at once, and in fact it might be great to offer that exploring opportunity. But the resulting waste in food, prep time, and clean up time would make me nuts.
I think you can get more adventurous in what you offer baby at other times. But if this is really bothering you, perhaps there is some compromise? Is the food prepared by you or your dcp? If you want, you could perhaps provide a few already prepared food plates each day, with the variety you want, but perhaps with very low portion size to eliminate waste?