My 18 week old DD sits on my lap at mealtimes and yesterday swiped a bit of asparagus from my plate and happily gummed the tip - I found some of the 'leaves' in her nappy today. I heard lots of ominous gurglings from her tummy last night but she'd just done a normal sloppy bf poo. Please reassure me that I'm not a bad parent to have let her chew it, and that she's not going to have horrific asparagus allergies later in life! It was just asparagus (steamed and organic too! ) FFS, not a McDonalds, right???!
She seems REALLY interested in the food we're eating. I know she's quite young; am I ok to carry on letting her have veg from my plate as long as it's not covered in seasonings?
Can she sit up by herself? Did she pick up the food and put it in her mouth herself? Nature does put in certain fail-safes such as these to stop babies getting themselves into trouble. If she put the food in her mouth herself then you and she are both fine. My DD also started swiping food quite early and was eating most things by 21 weeks. We restricted access to meat until 6 months but she ate just about anything else. Remember that small fruit with tough skins, such as tomatoes and grapes, should be cut in half as these can be choking risks. Baby-led weaning should be just that - baby led - so if your LO is leading the way then it is fine. Just keep a bit of common sense around the situation.
I wouldnt necessarily start weaning, babies are interested in everything we do, she doesn't know what food is for so she's having a go. I wouldn't worry either. FWIW DS was sitting up and stuffing things in his mouth at 4 months, I started offering veg and stuff to play with at 5, and dairy and wheat at 6 months.