My LO wants to eat all by herself, and has been resisting/refusing purees for several weeks. I am finally ready to change something for her since I often have to trick her into taking a bite, which I don't like at all. I want to support her developing independence with this but I also want her to eat a balanced diet, especially more vegetables. How can I expand her self-feeding options without making complicated baby recipes? I'm stuck since she only has six front teeth so she can't chew unless the food is soft. She just seems done with baby food.
I've tried letting her use a spoon herself and she seemed to get the idea but decide it wasn't worth it, and mostly flings the food across the room or all over herself, which I don't want to deal with (open to suggestions here too). I can sometimes get her to eat purees from my finger, or to taste it and then have a few bites once she realizes it's something she likes. Is this a normal consequence of having mixed in a baby-led weaning approach, or is this just her character or the beginning of toddlerhood? It's fine by me and as soon as she gets more teeth I'll just give her our food, but what do people do in the meantime?
Thanks for any suggestions -- I'll be so grateful to have some ideas to get through this stage!
(edited to shorten, assuming you don't need the full story to toss out helpful ideas!)
Edited by petitpois - 10/16/12 at 1:53pm