Some random thoughts for you on the topic of baby-led solids:
- In case there were any doubts, our pediatrician confirmed that Buttercup is doing just fine with baby-led solids. At her 9 month appointment her weight gain proved to be consistent, and she is healthy. The interesting thing to me is that her fine motor skills were more developed than most babies her age. I definitely think this is because she feeds herself. Food is a great motivator.
- One of the questions I hear regularly is, "how can my baby eat table food if she doesn't have teeth?" My response is, "you have obviously never been bitten by baby gums." Buttercup is still toothless and still happily chomping away at her food. If babies really needed teeth to chew their food, it would stand to reason that they would get their molars first rather than last. Those little bitty front teeth that babies get first are useless for actually grinding food down.
So, be encouraged - baby-led solids is healthy for your baby and makes sense!