DS is just over 6 months and has tasted some solids. Till now it's been just spoon-fed purees. We skipped cereals. He doesn't eat substantial amounts by any stretch, but depending on the food, his mood, time of day, etc. he'll usually entertain at least a couple of spoons of mush and even swallow some. He smiles with banana and sweet potato and sometimes opens his mouth for the spoon so I think the timing is okay. I never push though. Once he appears to have lost interest, I stop. (Sometimes that's before he even swallows anything.)
I've been reading up on BLS and really want to try it. Could someone please just reiterate that it IS actually okay to put whole pieces of avocado / steamed sweet potato / etc. in front of my baby and let him put them in his mouth? Nothing has to be mashed? How big/small should the pieces be to avoid choking? Everything should be soft, correct?
On the one hand it seems so natural - give baby normal food. On the other hand, we're so used to seeing purees and spoons that some people say it's outlandish (or even irresponsible) to do anything but. I really want to give it a try, though. I've heard so many great things about it.