Two bouncy boys wrote:
Its also good to get them used to the textures slowly otherwise some children choke why not do it the safer easier way? My eldest I was talked into giving him normal food before he was ready and having to get your child too cough something up while choking is not a very nice experience for any mother. I know a child who died at 18 months old when given an apple at daycare when he wasn't used to that sort of texture, he choked to death no one could save him not even the ambulance staff. So excuse me for being on the safe side.
there is a perception that blw is a choking risk which isn't so. Its only a choking risk if you give the wrong foods before your baby is ready. People also confuse choking and gagging. When a baby gags people assume it is choking, they panic and then refuse to give that food again for ages. gagging is a natural reflex and one you want them to have. There is an increased choking risk when people spoon feed their babies purees before they are ready more so then babies that do blw when they are ready.
In your case, as you said you gave him "normal" foods before he was ready. That has nothing to do with BLW being wrong, its just that he wasn't ready for whatever you gave him. BLW is progressive. With purees you go from smooth to lumpy and gradually increase it. BLW is the same, except you don't use purees and they feed themselves with the appropriate food.