In addition to employing Baby-Led Weaning with Real Food, we chose to supplement with purees even though it is not strict “baby led weaning.” Because B was exclusively breastfed our doctor urged me to give her iron drops. For several reasons, I did not want to do that so I asked if we could try to supplement her diet with lots of iron rich foods. Our doctor was skeptical and not very happy with me (which spurred us to switch doctors, and choose another one in the practice). But B has normal levels of iron and is not anemic, and has flourished developmentally. Because spinach and broccoli are hard to give a baby to self-feed, I also gave her squeeze packs periodically. We originally used Plum Organics because they were affordable (with promotions at BuyBuyBaby and/or on AmazonMom with Subscribe & Save) I could get them for about $1-$1.20 each. Later because Plum Organics had a big recall, I switched to Happy Baby which I have heard is just as good and is free of any nasty preservatives/ fillers and is also all-organic. I can get pretty good deals on these too at about $1/ pack.
I also began to make my own baby food, which was great in the summer because we often had a ton of fruit given to us by my mom and we couldn’t get through it quickly enough. Enter the freezer! I would throw in a ton of the fruit with some spinach and she loved it. After steaming and pureeing the food, I would put it in these cool Tovolo ice cube trays, throw it in the freezer for 12 hours and empty it into a labeled Ziploc bag. Whenever I wanted to feed her a puree, I would thaw how every many cubes I wanted (each one is exactly 1 oz) and let it thaw on the counter for a few hours.