First, take a deep breath.
Whether you're dabbling with solids, you feel "Stuck" on purees, or you're terrified of starting finger foods because of gagging and choking, you are not behind.
You’re doing an amazing job — the mere fact that you’re here researching how to best feed your baby (probably at 2 a.m with spit up stains on your PJs) proves it.
We know there’s a lot of pressure out there to skip purées and spoon feeding altogether. As fellow parents, we feel it too.
But as registered dietitians, speech language pathologists and research-obsessed feeding experts, we’re here to tell you that the traditional straight-to-a-chicken-drumstick style of baby-led weaning isn’t the only “right way” to start solids and prevent picky eating.
You can absolutely go straight to finger foods IF you feel comfortable and IF your baby is showing signs they’re ready, but you don’t have to.