O.K., so we were all ready to try this BabyLed Weaning technique, and I'd been reading up on it in the weeks prior to our son's 6 month mark. The big day arrives, I cut up a nice big "chip-shaped" chunk of organic avacado and hand it to the babe. He entusiastically starts sucking and gnawing on it, and, as expected, extracts some bits off of it that he's not quite sure what to do with, and makes some yucky faces and mouth movements including some gagging, which we expected. We're o.k. with this-it's what we expected. But then my partner says nervously: "What happens when he breaks off a bigger hunk?" (which seemed inevitable at this point) "won't he choke?". We then immediately removed the chunk, mashed it with a fork and let him go at it with his hands, which he also enjoyed.
So, now we don't know what to do. We like the idea of babies learning to eat solids in this fashion, but after watching it in action, it seems rather dangerous. Our boy is a ravenous sucker, and I can guarantee he's going to break off bigger chunks of food. And I've spent my whole life with the understanding that you don't allow babies to put things in their mouths that they can choke on! Can anybody give me some advice or assurances? Other's experiences with this?