For those of you wondering.... no, Isla June has never choked and or needed our interventions. I see now why the book recommended starting solids at 6 months. This is the time that children are heavily into the oral-motor stage and everything goes into their mouths. Developmentally, it makes sense to introduce feeding yourself at this time. We have loved it and really enjoyed watching her learn and grow. I'll try to get a video of it. She's such a big girl!