There isn't a question in here, just a thank you and some observations. I started peeking in this section over a month ago when I was getting close to needing to think about introducing my daughter to solids. I already had planned to do our own food, no store bought sludge. After reading about people doing the baby led solids so much, I was intrigued if somewhat skeptical. I spent a couple of weeks giving her mashed stuff on a spoon (which she mostly held because she grabbed it out of my hands) before my BLW book arrived, and thinking about the topic. She hadn't really seemed too interested in food, so I wasn't rushing...
After extensive reading, I opted for a mixed food approach - I didn't find any good reasons for not introducing suitable (non salted, non sugared, non chokable) foods as we ate them. She'd had some sweet potato, carrots, avocado, oatmeal, and unsweetened applesauce before.
For Thanksgiving we went to a restaurant and gave her a tray with a little turkey, a couple of peas, and a stalk of celery to play with. She LOVED it! The celery, of course, is the ultimate chew toy - but the meat she could get to her mouth thrilled her.
She has gummed an apple to her deep delight (with no skin on it), she devoured a banana third with her egg this morning, and she now has decided all meal times are for her to participate in. It is incredible to watch her level of engagement, this food thing really jazzes her all of a sudden. Today I went out with my mom for a raspa (snow cone) and my daughter was so mad when she wasn't allowed to participate. We ended up getting her a little cup of plain shaved ice and that satisfied her, and she had a ball with it. I suddenly realized that my mealtimes were never going to be the same, I have to have something she can play with at each meal because she has completely embraced the food thing.
Hopefully these links'll work.. here are a couple of photos of her chowing broccoli and an apple
This is so cool! Thanks for the ideas, and for introducing me to the concept. My daughter loves it, I love it, and the dogs are especially grateful for the extra bits of egg