Q&A with Leslie Schilling, Co-Author, Born to Eat

Baby-led weaning expert goes live with Solid Starts You co-authored what I believe to be the very best book on baby-led weaning (BLW). How did you conclude that BLW is the best way of introducing solids? Thank you, we’re very proud of Born to Eat and hope to make it better and better in future editions.  After… Read More »

Best & Worst Fish for Babies

Announcing the world’s first fish guide for babies! When I first set out to develop this guide, I didn’t know we’d be the first in the world to publish a fish guide for babies younger than 2 years old. In fact, if you’ve seen posts on what fish to eat from the American Academy of… Read More »

What To Do When Your Baby Has Too Much Food In Their Mouth

If you’ve been following along closely, you know that you should refrain from sticking your finger in your baby’s mouth to get food out. I will admit, though, that I have done it before. The moment I remember the most was when Adie sucked a piece of chicken to obliteration and it stuck to the… Read More »

Baby Crackers & Rice Cakes

Crackers, biscuits and cookies are a common cause of choking for children younger than age 3. That said, you need not purchase expensive meltable “baby crackers” either (though those are fine if you want to). Not sure which foods aren’t safe for babies? See our guide, 25 Foods Never to Feed Baby Before Age One.… Read More »

How to Make Cheese Safe for Babies & Toddlers

I posted about raw apples the other day because the number one mistake I see parents making with baby-led weaning is offering their baby whole or sectioned raw apple. Don’t get me wrong: I get downright giddy when I see parents taking an ambitious whole food approach with starting solids. And I firmly believe that… Read More »

Can Babies Eat Beyond Meat Burgers?

We recently picked up the Beyond Burger at the grocery store wondering how it might fare as a food for babies. 10+ hours later researching our take away is this:  Full disclosure, our nutritionist begged us not to publish this graphic. Not because it sends the wrong message, but because meat is so complicated and… 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 »

Minimizing the Mess with Baby-Led Weaning

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. That said, there are a few things you can do to minimize the mess in the early days: Cover your floors with waterproof splat mats. Use more than… Read More »

10 Tips for Talking to Family Members About Baby-Led Weaning

Letting baby self-feed is a novel concept for many people. The culture of spoon-feeding permeates many walks of life. Once you see baby thrive with a finger-food first approach, it’s easy to support it, but that doesn’t mean your family members will agree! As the holidays approach, here are some talking points to have in… Read More »

Babies & Thanksgiving: Tips for Eating Through the Holiday

Ah, Thanksgiving. Ply us with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie and we’re happy. But… let’s be honest. Most of us probably won’t get more than 15 minutes uninterrupted at the table. Some tips to make the most of baby’s first Thanksgiving with baby-led weaning: Don’t freak out about sodium at Thanksgiving dinner. One higher-in-sodium-than-normal… 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 »

Hi, welcome to Solid Starts!

My passion for this endeavor was born out of sheer frustration. It was 2:45 a.m. I had been up all night, searching the Internet for information on how to introduce certain foods to my twin babies. Into Google I typed basic questions like, “When can my baby eat eggs? How common are egg allergies in… Read More »