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Is the Solid Starts App available to download?
Which features are free and which features require a paid subscription?
The app is the free First Foods® database and like on the website, it will always will be free. Within the app, if you’d like to customize the database to your needs (e.g., track which foods your baby has tried, which foods are your favorites, which baby had a reaction to, which foods you’d like to try later, or to take notes on any food), that is all part of the paid subscription. Information about all foods (and all database recipes!) is free. Personalization is optional and part of the paid subscription.
Will the database still be available on the website?
Yes! The First Foods® database will always be free and waiting for you on our website. It is also free and available to use on the app. You get to choose how you prefer to use it.
I have the Access Pass, does that include access to the premium features of the app?
No. The Access Pass and other guides are purchased directly through our website but the app subscription is handled completely through either Apple or Google. Because of how the payments are managed, we are not able to combine them. The app’s optional subscription is for those who want to customize the free First Foods® database to their needs and be able to track foods and allergic reactions, etc.
Can I still make a donation?
App Functionality Questions
How can I add a food as a favorite?
You’ll need to have the premium version of our app to add favorites. Once you’ve subscribed, you’ll be able to tap the little heart icon on any food to add it to your favorites. You’ll also be asked if a food is one of baby’s favorites upon tracking it for the first time. You can check on your favorites list any time within the tracker.
How can I track that baby has tried a certain food?
Once baby has tried a food, just tap the plus sign to add it to the tracker, where you’ll be asked if you’d like to add it as a favorite, if you’d like to add it to try again later, or if baby had a reaction. You’ll also be able to make any notes about that food.
How can I track reactions baby has had to foods?
Once you’ve added a food to the tracker, you’ll be asked if baby had a reaction. From there, you can note which symptoms baby experienced and have one list of all foods that elicited reactions to share with your family, caregivers, or doctors.
How can I add a food to a list to try later?
Once you’re viewing any food, you can tap the repeat icon to add it to your list to try later. Lots of people use this as their shopping list as well 🙂
How can I mark that a food no longer is an allergen?
You’ll need to delete the entry where you marked the food as an allergen within your tracker. Entries can be accessed either via the calendar or the “View Entries” action on that food. Just find the date that contains that reaction and simply delete. The food will be removed from your reactions page.
Where can I see what size to cut a food for my baby?
First, search for the food. From the food entry, click on “How to serve”. That’s where you’ll find all of the information on how to cut, prepare, and serve each food for baby depending on their age.
The food I was looking for is not there.
We are adding new foods every day! It’s a slow process because each food needs to be reviewed by several licensed professionals but we’re doing our best to have every single food in the database.
Where can I find recipes?
We include a recipe on each food for how to serve that food for the first time. Just search for a food and click on “Recipe”. If you’re looking for more recipes, you can check out our Meal & Recipe Ideas Kit for over 200 breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas, plus 100 healthy snack ideas!
When will I be able to add a second child?
Our first release only allows to track the progress of one child; the ability to add multiple babies will be available as a new feature in a future release, coming in a few months.
Can I edit an entry?
Yes, you can now click on the entry of a tracked item to edit it.
How is the nutrition rating determined?
Each food is analyzed by a team of pediatric dietitians and nutritionists through the lens of the nutrients a 6- to 24-month-old child needs. Foods with high scores will have adequate amounts of iron, protein, fat and minerals like zinc that babies need; foods with low amounts of iron, protein, fat and certain minerals will have lower scores. Other factors include whether the food typically has toxins (such as mercury in fish). For example, tuna nutritionally is a fantastic food. But it’s high in mercury, a toxic metal to which babies are particularly susceptible so it will have a lower rating. Aim to offer one to two 4- or 5-star foods daily. Otherwise, focus on a wide variety of whole, colorful fresh foods as budget and time permit.
Starting Solids Questions
What is baby-led weaning?
Baby-led weaning is a method of introducing solid food to babies whereby purées and spoon-feeding are skipped entirely in favor of finger foods that a baby self-feeds. We have a lot more information on what it is, how to do it, FAQ’s, and troubleshooting on our Baby-led Weaning page.
How do I know if baby is ready to start solids?
There are clear signs you’re looking for. See our page on readiness for more detail.
Do you offer guides on how to start introducing solids?
We sure do! We have a whole slew of guides available from the top 15 foods for babies starting solids to 30 foods you should avoid, how to introduce allergens, baby-led weaning for caregivers, and more. Plus recipe books for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas for your family to share meals with baby. They can all be found on our guides page.
How much of a food should I offer to baby?
We really encourage parents to stay away from exact measurements, counting milligrams, etc. because we find it can actually lead to underfeeding or overfeeding. The range for each baby (just as it is with breast milk or formula) can vary dramatically. Instead, we recommend serving food family style (on the table, where baby can see it and reach or grunt for more) and letting baby eat as much or as little as they want. Babies are incredibly good at regulating their own appetite–even from birth! They are excellent at telling us they want more or that they are full. Trust that. As long as more food is in reach/sight, baby should get enough.
Where are the purees?
If you want to make some purees for baby, by all means do so! Any food can be pureed, but our First Foods® database shows you how to serve each food without the need to puree. Variety is key.
I am terrified that my baby will choke. What should I do?
Creating a safe environment for baby to start solids is crucial to your success. Read through our safety page and more information on choking hazards, safe food sizes & shapes, and gagging to prepare yourself.
Subscription & Payment Questions
How do I cancel my subsription?
Subscriptions can be managed through your profile or through Subscriptions within the App or Play store on your device.
Can I share the personalized tracking of foods and reactions with my partner/family?
We are working on creating the functionality to share a baby’s tracker with others. We are hoping to have that available by 2022.
How do I change my payment method?
You’ll have to do that within your app account, either through Apple or Google Play. All payments are completely managed through them.
What happens to the foods I’ve tracked if I cancel my subscription?
In our next release, foods you’ve tracked will be available even after you unsubscribe – you just won’t be able to add anything new until you resubscribe.
What payment methods do you accept?
We don’t process app payments directly, it’s all done through the App and Play stores. We accept what they accept!
I forgot my password. What do I do?
1. Go to the log-in page on the website and click on the “forgot password?” link.
2. You’ll be redirected to a page that asks for your username or email address that you signed up with. Enter either.
3. Check your email for the confirmation link. If you still don’t see an email from Solid Starts after 15-20 minutes, remember to check your junk folder.
4. Once you have clicked the link, you will be redirected to a page to reset your password. There is a random password that has been assigned to you; however, if you would like to change it, you can do so by deleting the generated password.
5. Once your new password is set, click the “reset” button.
6. Your new password has been set, now go back to the Solid Starts login page and sign in!
Food Specific Questions
Does nut milk or yogurt count as introducing nuts as allergens?
Sorry, no. Nut milks don’t contain much of the actual protein from the flesh of the nut itself, which is what causes the allergic reaction. So to rule out a nut allergy it’s best to introduce the nut via nut butter (mix with breast milk, formula, applesauce or yogurt if dairy has been introduced to reduce the choking risk) or sprinkle finely ground nut on fruit, etc. More here.
When can babies have juice?
We strongly recommend you avoid juice until your child is at least two years old, and even then, to think twice. Consumption of juice, soda, flavored milks, and other sweetened beverages can lead to a preference for sweet foods (and rejection of other drinks like water and plain milk) and increase the risk of excess weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, and fatty liver disease.
Does it count that baby tried a food if I served it but baby didn’t actually eat any of it?
That’s really for you to decide, but probably not in our books.
Baby has no teeth, does this change the sizes that I should cut things?
Believe it or not, no. You can loosely follow the size guidelines based on baby’s age.
Still have questions about the app? Send us an email to [email protected]