Edited by birdie.lee - 5/13/13 at 11:46am
Pretty much all of those things are ok. There are many ways to go about food introduction and BLW.
First if your families have allergies or a history of allergies then food introduction should be a little slower (1 new food every few days) but without a history of allergies then most parents just tend to follow what the baby is wanting.
Of course just cut up what you are eating into smaller bites, put them on baby's tray and let them explore. If he wants the food it's a good learning experience to grab and pick it up. He'll let you know if he needs help or to be fed by a spoon :)
Hope that helps a little :)
My daughter is 8 months also and we do the same thing and have a similar diet as you. We don't have a history of food allergies so I just give her bites of whatever I am eating off of my fork or spoon, or I hand her little bits. In the morning when my bowl of oatmeal is half-eaten before I even get a bite, I start to think that I've created a monster. Lol.
We started on solids with whatever we ate, the only thing was to avoid spicy foods.
We have cut things into tinny tinny tinny pieces at first to make transition from no solids :)
to solids and our LO loved the new tastes and new flavors, of anything that landed
on her plate. I always made sure she had litlte piles of different kinds of food
on the plate so if she did not like one thing she could move on to the next one
and amazingly enough anthing went.. mashed potatoes, tinny cubed glazed carrots,
tinny tinny pieces of steak, chicken etc..
gradually we made pieces bigger but for meat we sticked with small for a longest time.
Be careful with bananas, raw carrots, grapes and bread as well as peanut butter...
those are potential chocking hazards: bananas and peanut butter are paste like
so if a child will load on it it get stucked inside and has nowhere to go.. test it
for yourself, put a big loaded spoon of peanut butter in your mouth and try to
work on it and sawllow.. you will see how it gets clogged on the temple of your mouth
and can easily clog the throath if misshandled, adult can manage, baby can choack.
The same goes to bananas, or and bread.. big pieces of bread can just cause
chocking as any bad toy.
Grapes - always cut in more then one piece for little one to avoid chocking
on whole ball.. we started with two cuts and then to half and then eventually
to whole grape but that was transition, slow one.
Hot dogs.. as someone suggested..
Basically for good few months now do not be tempted to sever anything in slices..
or big chunks.. it is good to start with the size of quarter of the grape size I would say
and bulid your way up. Cutting up things is so easy for an adult, it takes only
a sec and child can safely eat it..then as he she grows you can go to bigger pieces..