Is Sea Bass Safe for Babies?

With the increasing levels of pollution in our ocean waters, fish has become a tricky area of food when it comes to babies (born and in utero). Sea bass in particular is complicated because some varieties are safe for babies and some are not. Sea bass is also sold under a number of different names… Read More »

Welcoming Pediatric Feeding Therapists Kim Grenawitzke and Kary Rappaport

You guys. I am SO excited to announce that two *amazing* feeding experts have signed on to our adventure here at Solid Starts: Kim Grenawitzke and Kary Rappaport. Kim (pictured above) and Kary (pictured below) are not only two of the best in the field of pediatric feeding, they know first-hand from professional experience how… Read More »

How To Know If Your Baby is Having an Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions to food typically occur within 2 hours of consuming the allergenic food—and often just minutes. The more of the allergen consumed, the more severe the reaction is likely to be, so it is important to start small when introducing new foods to your baby. Symptoms of an allergic reaction vary from baby to… Read More »

Why You Should Serve Your Baby Purple Cauliflower

Have you tried purple cauliflower? I love it for babies because it’s so good for them and a fantastic way to hook them early on brightly colored vegetables. When steamed to a soft consistency, cauliflower is an excellent first food and can be eaten as soon your baby is ready for solid food, which is… Read More »

What You Must Know Before Giving Oranges to Babies

Citrus season is upon us and while you should absolutely introduce mandarins, oranges, and other citrus fruits to your baby, I want to make sure you know that all citrus fruits are choking hazards.  Choking risk generally increases when a food is one or more of these things: Firm Round  Slippery But oranges aren’t super… Read More »

Why I Founded Solid Starts

I want you to look closely at this picture. Really look. A completely clean spoon. A peanut butter cracker with one bite taken. A small child who already has a fraught relationship with food. There are only a handful of things worse than watching your child starve themselves. Those of you who have been following… Read More »

Why You Should Introduce Food Allergens Before Your Baby’s First Birthday

Want to prevent food allergies in your children? Introduce allergens early and often. In 2015, a ground-breaking study demonstrated that babies with a high risk of developing food allergies were about 80% less likely to develop peanut allergy later in life if they were regularly exposed to peanuts before their first birthday. While the old… Read More »

Minimizing the Mess with Baby-Led Weaning

How to stay clean while letting your baby self-feed Letting babies self-feed has a number of amazing benefits in the short and long term. But staying clean is not one of them! Baby-led weaning is M-E-S-S-Y no matter which way you do it. That said, there are a few things you can do to minimize… Read More »

Can My Baby Have Pumpkin Pie?

Do you want to give your baby some pie this Thursday? I do! There’s only one reason not to serve your baby pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving and that is sugar. The recipe for a standard pumpkin pie calls for ¾ cup granulated sugar. Per serving, that works out to be about 20 grams of sugar… Read More »

How to Talk to Family Members About Baby-Led Weaning

Talking points for family members who are not so sure about your letting your baby self-feed. I don’t know about you, but there are certain people in my family who totally embrace the way I am introducing Adie+Max to solid food and others who think I’m off my rocker. And these worlds tend to collide… Read More »

Babies & Thanksgiving: Tips for Eating Through the Holiday

I love Thanksgiving. Ply me with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie and I’m a happy camper. But to be candid, I probably won’t get more than 15 minutes at the table with three kids under the age of four this year. (Though still better off than last year’s tandem breastfeeding in between courses situation!)… Read More »

Safety First: How to Cut Grapes, Blueberries, and Round Foods for Babies

Almost any food—even those known as high choking risks—can be made safe for babies to self-feed. Unfortunately, many parents and caregivers employing baby-led weaning or finger food first approaches to starting solids aren’t cutting these foods properly. The number one mistake?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Cutting round foods at the equator.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Foods like blueberries, grapes, cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots are… Read More »