Baby or Toddler Throwing Food on the Floor?

It’s a universal problem. The 6-month-old dropping food to test gravity. The 9-month-old who takes a single bite and tosses the rest. The 12-month-old throws a piece of food across the table to see what happens — Does it roll? Splat? Make a sound?!  And of course, there are the toddlers who throw food just… Read More »

Podcast: Baby-led Weaning with Solid Starts founder, Jenny Best

Solid Starts founder, Jenny Best, talks about everything baby-led weaning with Deb Flashenberg on the Prenatal Yoga Center podcast. In this episode:  Jenny’s personal story and path to Solid Starts What is baby-led weaning? The benefits of baby-led weaning How to know when your baby is ready for solids Why rice cereal become the first… Read More »

Smoothies for Toddlers: Nutrition vs. Development

In two days, we will step outside of our house as a family for the first time since March 11th. I plan to make some smoothies, contain the twins in the double stroller for a full 25 minutes, and walk to the park.  If I can just find my keys. (Anyone know where I left… Read More »

The milk roundup: Which milk is best for babies and toddlers?

Everything you need to know about milk and plant milk for babies and toddlers Excited to announce our long-awaited milk page is now here! Everything—and I mean everything—you need to know about cow’s milk, plant-based milks, breast milk, and formula is there. The new page also features a side-by-side comparison of mammalian and plant-based milks… Read More »

How to Cut Chicken for Baby Led Weaning

Is bigger better when it comes to chicken for babies? The short answer: it depends on your baby’s age, eating ability, and your comfort level. Meat and poultry are common choking hazards, and ones that should be taken seriously. I personally find chicken hard to chew and just the other night, a piece I had… Read More »

Live Interview with MasterChef Bruna Chaves

Excited to share that our next #SolidStartsMom spotlight is chef Bruna Chaves ( @brunachaves on Instagram). And because I have a masochistic tendency to do Instagram lives with GORGEOUS mamas, Bruna and I will sharing the screen live on our Solid Starts Instagram account to talk all things food and babies this Sunday at 3pm… Read More »

When Can Babies Eat Whole Blueberries?

I want you to look at this picture. The big berry on the right? Doesn’t worry me one bit.  It’s that little bugger on the left that makes me nervous. Our blueberry bush is about to burst and I cannot wait to show Max—who loves them like no other—how to pick them from the bush and… Read More »

How to Prevent Picky Eating Before It Starts

This little cream pitcher changed everything. Charlie, our picky eater-in-chief stopped drinking milk around 18 months old. Just up and stopped one day. Decided that he no longer liked milk of any kind. Not plant-based milks, not cow milk, not powdered toddler formula. If it was white, he wasn’t going to drink it. And he… Read More »

Does Baby-led Weaning Cause Food Waste?

When I first started Adie+Max on solids with baby-led weaning, I was taken aback at how much food ended up on the floor. I am a mama who considers myself to be environmentally aware. I mean, at one point, I had whole vermicomposting sytem set up on our deck. Does baby-led weaning increase food waste?… Read More »

Top 10 Tips for Starting Solid Food

Introducing food to your baby is exciting…and nerve wracking! And while there’s no “right” way to start your baby off on solid food, here are 10 tips to get you going: Create a safe eating environment. This means a proper high chair that is totally upright and fitted with a footplate. Aim to also create a… Read More »

What to do When Your Baby Says “No” to Food

Has your baby or toddler started to say “no” to food yet?  No? Just wait. Around 15 months old, my daughter, Adie, developed a strong “no” reflex. She’d actually say no to food she even wanted—shaking her head no AS SHE WAS REACHING FOR MORE. I highlight this fun little development milestone—part speech, part independence—because how… Read More »

How Long Should Your Baby’s Meal Last?

I am going to share—with some trepidation—that my babies happily sit for meals for 45 minutes 3x a day. Which translates into 2.25 hrs/day I am hands free. Mike and I love to linger over meals.  So it’s always been a goal of mine to create a family space where meals are savored and conversation is… Read More »