I have to admit, the first weeks of baby-led weaning (BLW) were kind of... stressful. Q gagged on his food a lot, and Zach and I would kinda freak out anxiously waiting to see if he'd be ok or start choking. Thankfully, I'd read about how that's all part of the normal process. Apparently babies have an over-active gag reflex, to help protect them against choking (they gag and move the food forward long before it's actually at the back of their throat). After the first weeks he gained a lot more control, and then I realized that he almost never gagged anymore. I still watch him carefully as he eats, but it's a lot more relaxed, as I trust him to be able to manage the food in his mouth and eat it successfully.
By now he's tried all sorts of food, like apples and pears, to avocado, beef (sucked the juices out), chicken and salmon, plums, blueberries (I break the skin on them so they squish easily when he chews), bread and crackers, squash, cucumbers, scrambled eggs... etc etc. I'm mindful of things like sodium content, but otherwise try to give him some of whatever it is we're eating. Almost everything he's tried, he has loved. And what's amazing, is that even though he himself is usually a huge mess after he's done, very little food actually falls to the floor (other than when he's past the point of eating and starts purposely flinging). He's even already experimented some with feeding himself with a spoon (pre-loaded with a bit of yogurt) and fork (with smaller bits of avocado or other foods that I know he can manage bites of but as he handles them get broken to pieces too small for him to pick up as easily). It's pretty amazing to watch.
Um... squash, I think?
Yummy breakfast of cheerios and banana:
BLW buddies! Quinn and his cousin enjoying cheerios, blueberries, grated cheese, and yogurt up in Tahoe.