DD started showing interest in food by taking some fruit dip I had and smearing it on the table then trying to eat it. I went out that night and got some oatmeal and have been letting her play with it. She has been eating a lot of it... I am actually surprised by how much she is getting in her mouth. I give it to her in a thicker consistency because she can grab it and get it in her mouth. Today I gave her avocado, which I had originally cut in strips, but was nervous about choking, so I mashed it. She was still the one putting it in her mouth. Am I ruining her natural chewing ability if I mash food for the next little while until I get more comfortable with it? Should I just give bigger pieces? She is actually quite good at taking globs of it and putting in her mouth and has even tried to use a spoon to do so. What do you think?!?