How to Minimize Toxins in Your Baby’s Food

When choosing food for your baby, a few important questions often come to mind: Is this providing the specific nutrients your child needs? Is it appropriate for their age? And of course, is it safe? Every day, more than 82,000 chemicals are released into our air, water, soil, food, and consumer products. We are regularly… Read More »

Can Babies Eat Cheerios?

Can my baby eat Cheerios? (I hear you…”For the love of my sanity, tell me Cheerios are okay!”) Short answer: Yes! Babies can have Cheerios. Parenting is hard! Fun foods like Cheerios make it easier. (Never sponsored, ever.) Cheerios have saved us several times. Gridlock traffic after a long drive. Flight delays. Or having to wait… Read More »

Strawberry Granola for Babies & Toddlers

I devised this recipe out of necessity: my toddler Charlie had all but stopped eating and if it wasn’t sweet, he wasn’t going to eat it. He wouldn’t eat fresh strawberries (or any fresh fruit for that matter) so I devised this granola recipe with dehydrated strawberries, which have a dense, sweet flavor. This recipe… Read More »

Sweet Potato “Toast” Recipe

Who wants food the whole family can eat? Our friend Leslie has generously shared her recipe for sweet potato “toast”—a beloved dish at her cafe Stocked. The recipe looks long, but almost everything can be prepped in advance. Make the toasts on a day when you have leftover sweet potatoes, leftover quinoa, and/or leftover kale chips… Read More »

Kale Chips for Babies & Toddlers

Kale chips are the easiest thing to make and many babies and toddlers love them! They can be colorful, crispy, and easily adapted to meet your family’s preferences for flavor and taste. Keep them simple with olive oil and a pinch of salt (yes, a little is okay, more here on sodium for babies)—or add… Read More »

Top 25 Iron-Rich Foods for Babies & Toddlers

Who wants to avoid having to give their baby awful tasting iron supplements that turn their teeth grey?! You are going to hear a lot about iron as your baby grows. This is because iron is a crucial micronutrient that helps form hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen and other nutrients throughout the body. Iron also plays… Read More »

When Fear Holds Our Babies Back

Five years ago today I went into labor with this little guy. And 5 minutes ago today I got the call that his covid test was negative. I was so worn by time I got the call I just collapsed and cried. I am so tired of worrying. Now that I have mothered 3 babies,… Read More »

How to Foster Independent Eating…With Spoons!

If you aren’t ready for finger foods but want to lean in toward independent eating, this approach to spoon feeding is a terrific place to start. Meet baby Lora, 6 months, in Umag, Croatia. There are 3 notable things happening here: Mom is holding Lora in her lap, back to belly. This is a terrific… Read More »

Bread… Toast… What’s the Best Bread for Babies?

You’ve probably noticed that bread can be tricky for babies…  Surprisingly, when it comes to bread for babies, starting with the crusty ends of bread (or strips of toasted sliced bread) can actually be safer than slice or strip of soft, pillowy breads like Wonder Bread. >> Just starting solids? See our guides, recipes, and… Read More »

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 »