If the last 8 1/2 months have been any indication of how fast time flies, Cheech's first birthday is right around the corner. My goal has always been to have her completely off formula by the time she hits 12 months, and I've started realizing that I can't just all of a sudden take it away; I'm going to have to ween her. Although her solid food diet has, so far, consisted of pureed foods and finger foods that she can hold and eat herself, I'm thinking that after the New Year I'm going to phase out her pureed foods in hopes that she will get used to the idea of eating like a *regular* person. At first I was reluctant to do this because I was SO SCARED that she would choke on some of the bigger kid foods. For the most part, if I gave her finger foods, they were soft enough for her mash up in her mouth easily. But when she bit off a huge chunk of an apple slice last week, gummed it and swallowed it without a problem, I let go of a lot of that fear. So we'll see how it goes. I would say she's really great at eating solids; She's still a huge fan of her bottles though, so I know I have my work cut out for me. If any of you have any tips for weening babies off of formula, that would be rad.