About 7 months ago (has it really been that long?!), I wrote a post about baby led weaning. Since then we have done a mixture of baby foods & table foods with Julian, & he learned some very valuable skills along the way.
Baby led weaning gave him the opportunity to learn how to avoid choking. Yes, he would gag or sputter from time to time. But he always managed pieces of food on his own without any incidents. It has been nice to be able to give him table food without worrying about how he would handle it, & he loves feeding himself.
But even more importantly, he has learned how not to swallow & choke on everything he puts in his mouth. With a big brother around there are always tiny pieces of toys (no matter how hard I try to put them all out of reach). And there have been times where Julian pops a choking hazard in his mouth, but instead of it being a scary situation, he simply realizes it’s not food & spits it out. I can also hold my hand out & tell him to spit it out, & he will do that on command as well.
I really give credit to baby led weaning for those skills & the peace of mind that comes with it.
I definitely do not want him putting little legos in his mouth… but it is reassuring to know that if he does, it will probably not be a huge deal.
So 7 months later, I definitely recommend taking the scary leap of baby led weaning early on to reap the benefits of it later 🙂