Can I just say I love baby-led weaning (baby-led solids)!!! I had never heard of this before visiting this forum and other breastfeeding sites and am SOOOOO happy I did! My DS is doing excellent at 8 months- sometimes I think he eats too much, but I try to let him lead. He still nurses almost just as often, but I'm not sure that he takes in as much.
He eats pretty much whatever I give him- doesn't seem to be picky at all. Which is great because I'm very picky and I didn't want that for him. My mom actually wrote in my baby book at 12 months that the doctor told her to stop accommodating my picky eating! So I know it starts young! A friend of mine who didn't do BLW has a one year old that won't eat anything besides purees and some Gerber snacks. I think I have her convinced to try BLW with her next one that's due soon.
My mom thought I was crazy when I first told her about it but now likes to show off her grandson's amazing eating skills! It's so nice when we go out to eat at a restaurant or someones house that we can enjoy the meal and not have to spoon feed him. We just give him some food (safe and appropriate foods) and all eat together. I just have to be prepared to clean up the restaurant floors!!
Anyway- just wanted to encourage any moms out there who are starting solids soon to read up on it and give it a try!!