DS is 8 months old and started baby-led solids about a month ago. I only offered him solids about twice a week because it didn't seem to be going well. He gagged on any pieces that ended up in his mouth and sometimes managed to swallow them, almost accidentally. The gagging freaked me out and didn't feel natural to me at all. I've been wondering if purees would be a better way for us to start. I feel like premastication is pretty common around the world and maybe purees are what a lot of babies need in order to get iron and zinc in the second half of their first year of life. I don't want him to be deficient in iron and zinc because apparently even after the problem is corrected it can cause persistent learning difficulties later in life, so a "wait and see" approach doesn't sound appealing to me. I know babies tend to have enough iron to get through the first half of their first year on just breastmilk, but what about after that? I don't know of any cultures where it's typical to start babies on non-pureed, non-premasticated food. I would feel a lot more comfortable if I knew that starting babies on whole finger-foods was a typical way of doing things in some part of the world. At least then I could feel like the idea had been tested on a large enough group of people so that I could know what the results were. Anyways, I just wanted to share my doubts and see if anyone can show me more data about BLS. I feel like it could work for some people, but I don't feel like it's working for us.