I really like everything I've heard about the baby lead approach to solids and plan to take this approach with our LO who just turned 6 mo old. I think my DH is on board, but he also wants to offer rice cereal as part of food options which I'm ok with (we got some organic brown rice cereal).
Last weekend we offered LO some avocado which he very eagerly grabbed and did manage to get in his mouth. When it came to swallowing he wasn't ready and did a great job gagging the avocado out and then also ended up spitting up. All of this was totally OK with me.
We posted pictures and a little video on our LO's website of the first food attempt (including showing the gag & spitup). Most people were very supportive.
BUT - my DH said that his mom (my MIL) commented after seeing the pictures basically "of course he threw up - you should have been feeding him rice cereal and doing avocado was crazy." And I've also gotten a few sort of rude comments from friends who are moms.
That was long - but it would be a help to get ideas about how to deal with these sorts of criticisms and comments (besides the usual just ignoring them )