Merrick wrote a post a while ago about making your own baby food in order to keep the costs of feeding your baby lower.
My problem is that not only do I not like to spend money, I also can be kind of lazy. And Merrick had said the amount of mess that making your own baby food created was anything but minimal.
Enter Baby-led Weaning (I read this book about it after hearing about it from Kayla and Jenna).
The basic idea is that there is no reason that babies need to start with cereals or purees (the APA's site backs up this idea) and that your baby will be able to feed themselves things that they are capable of eating. There are supposed to be a ton of benefits, such as increased hand-eye coordination, family bonding over food, and a baby who develops a wider range of foods they'll eat.
That all sounded good to me, but really the part about just feeding your baby what you're eating rather than dealing with baby food sounded exceedingly appealing to me.
And for our baby, it's worked like a charm.
We have still not gotten around to buying a high chair, so we don't do much of the "sticking food on her tray and letting her eat what she can" part.
Instead, once she started showing interest in what we were eating, we put things on a spoon or our finger, offer her some and let her decide whether or not she wants to eat it (thus far, except for two days when she was sick, she has never rejected a single thing. In fact, I'm amazed I still have all ten fingers because this baby loves to eat).
This morning, she put about half a square of waffle in her fist and ate it bite by bite until there was only the part left inside her hand that she couldn't get to. She also has started grabbing the spoon and guiding it to her mouth on her own.
I don't spend time or money buying or making extra food, and I know exactly what's going into the food she eats.
(Also, you have no idea how cute it is to watch a six and a half month old chew a blueberry).