We've done mostly baby-led solids and some spoon feeding (almost no purees) with my now 12-mo-old daughter since she was 6 months old. I'm really glad we did BLW and she loves food. Self-feeding was great for awhile and she, my DH and I eat meals together as a family every day. But now she throws and drops food on purpose at every meal and pretty much won't let us spoon-feed her at all (for instance, if we're eating something like soup or I have to get us out the door b/c I have to get to work and we don't have time for a lengthy mealtime. Or if we are out in public and can't feed her in a diaper or make a huge mess).
I know the dropping/throwing is a stage and we try to work with it. I let her play w/ a fork and spoon and help her use them to feed herself so eventually she'll be able to really use them. I try to plan meals & snacks that will be easy for her to eat and not super messy, but that's not possible 100% of the time. Yes, we have a dog that can "help" clean the floor. Cooking, feeding, and cleaning floor, table, highchair, dishes & a baby afterwards are still taking up tons of time and energy and I'm getting really worn out!
Any tips or suggestions to make things a little easier during this stage?