My LO just turned 6 months a few week ago and showed all the signs of being ready to start eating what we're eating (sitting up on own, grabbing for my plate, being very interested in meal times) so I started with the purees recommended by pretty much everyone and was letting her muck about it in them and i would try and spoon feed a lil but she really really disliked that ( crying, closing mouth, turning head) so i got discouraged and would only offer her a lil bit every other day and let her muck about in it... I decided to try BLS but didn't know where to start so I came on here and someone told me about a book called Baby led weaning.. I got it from the library and read it in a day I really liked the thought process of it so me and my SO decided to try it.. it's been working out great so far... she'll munch on everything we give her ( tomatoes, carrots, bananas, toast, cheese, pineapple, oranges, papaya, cucumber, strawberries, peaches, advocado, steak, chicken, pears so far) what a difference from the puree she would try a lil but would normally refuse it, now she isn't refusing anything that I cut up into sticks and feed her... I also use a mesh feeder for the pulpy stuff ( which she sucks dry and just leaves the pulp) my only thing is she has gagged, not choked, a couple of times ( on dry toast fingers) this is frightening and was wondering if anything can be done to prevent this? or how long will it take for her to figure it out? ... I don't think she is actually swallowing anything yet, just mashing it in her mouth and spitting it out. But i'm curious if i can do anything different to to stop this?
I cut the food up into pieces she can easily pick up and long enough to bring to her mouth/ hold in her hand... but she does break chunks off in mouth ( sometimes quite big chunks), which she usually spits out or mulls around in mouth.. I'm offering a cup with a little bit of expressed milk in it, she is sitting up in her bumboo, my lap, or high chair when she eats.
When it comes to lentils, beans ( like in a chili), chick peas is it ok to let her try then or should I wait till she's older?... I'm worried these are to small and round and she'll choke on them
any one who has experienced BLS with their LO's and can offer any advice/tips on it I would really appreciate!