Let them have fun with their food!
So Lily (my 8 month old) has been eating solids for about 3 months now, and she’s pretty much eating what we’re eating. When I make myself a veggie stir-fry and brown rice, she gets a puree of veggie stir fry (ex the tamari sauce) and brown rice. Not too complicated.
Today, she was impatient for her food to be ready, so I started feeding her right on the floor next to me while I finished cooking. I noticed she wanted to bring the food to her mouth and feed herself… so this time, I just let her! I knew it would be a hot sticky mess, so I just accepted that bathtime would be right after lunch today! Result = a very icky, sticky, happy baby, loving her pureed veggies/ rice!