I had never heard of baby led weaning until we moved to the UK. Apparently it is a big thing here (well, at least bigger than it is in the states). The idea is that you give your child actual food instead of mushed up "baby" food. It wouldn't have occurred to me to try this had we not had issues getting Charlotte to eat her solids. She went from being super excited about eating to crying when we offered her food. Then one day I just tried her with half a banana and she loved it!
There are people who swear by baby led weaning and people who think it is irresponsible. I don't think we'll quit feeding her "baby" food, but we'll probably try more whole foods with her and see how she does.
Here are some pictures I pulled from www.babyledweaning.com:
|salad (not sure how smart this one is)|