When Alex first started eating solid foods, he couldn't handle anything big. We would break Cheerios into four pieces so he wouldn't choke on them. When he got a little older, he would have an apple as a snack after his afternoon nap each day. We would slice and peel it for him.
Edison didn't really get babied. He went straight to eating handfuls of food. He has had maybe three jars of baby food in his life. Alex still eats an apple every day but we no longer cut it. He prefers to eat it whole. And since Edison thinks he is the same as Alex, he also gets a big apple. He does a great job with it though. As long as I take the first bite, he will eat most of the apple. Both boys seem so grown up and I sometimes forget they are still just little kids who need me to be very patient with them.