How Babies Learn to Chew

Babies don’t need to learn how to swallow. But they do need to learn how to chew.  Swallowing is a brainstem reflex present in utero. Babies are born with the ability to swallow. Some struggle with the oral motor skills to latch at the breast or feed from a bottle, but most are born with… Read More »

Discounts for Solid Starts Followers

As those of you have been following know, Solid Starts doesn’t accept affiliate revenue, commissions, or paid partnerships to push products. It’s a policy we put in place when corporate offers started rolling in and it feels really important to us to stick to. We do, however, accept discounts that benefit you. No affiliate revenue,… Read More »

Gratitude Giveaway

On the occasion of our village reaching 800,000 on Instagram, we are purchasing gift cards for custom keepsake jewelry from Honoring Motherhood for 80 families. Smay, the founder of @honoringmotherhood is one of our first followers. In the time since we met online—the beginning of the pandemic— I’ve watched her introduce solid food to her… Read More »

¿Cuándo está listo el bebé para comenzar los alimentos sólidos?

¿Está listo el bebé para comenzar los alimentos sólidos? La mayoría de los bebés sanos, que nacen a término están listos para comenzar a comer alimentos sólidos alrededor de los 6 meses de edad. Sin embargo, antes de empezar, asegúrate de que el bebé ha alcanzado estos hitos del desarrollo esenciales: Sentarse: El bebé es… Read More »


Las arcadas son un reflejo protector natural que provoca la contracción de la parte posterior de la garganta para protegernos del ahogamiento. Al igual que la patada reflexiva que ocurre cuando el médico golpea tu rodilla en un lugar específico, la arcada ocurre automáticamente, iniciando una contracción rítmica de la faringe (el tubo que conduce… Read More »

¿El bebé o niño está arrojando la comida al suelo?

Es un problema universal. El bebé de 6 meses deja caer la comida para explorar la gravedad. El de 9 meses come un solo mordisco y tira el resto. El de 12 meses arroja un trozo de comida a través de la mesa para ver qué pasa. ¿Rueda? ¿Se embarra? ¡¿Hace ruido?!  Y, por supuesto,… Read More »

Tongue Thrust and Starting Solids

You may have heard that one of the signs of readiness for solid food is the disappearance of the tongue thrust.  This claim, however, is not supported by research and it is our professional opinion that the thrust can be helpful when starting solids. Let’s dig in. What is tongue thrust? The tongue thrust, or… Read More »

10 Tips for Eating Out With Babies

A few tips to help those less-than-relaxing restaurant experiences with your little eating machine go more smoothly: Bring a disposable placemat that sticks to the table. There are a million of these on Amazon so just do yourself a favor and get one. Any placemat given to you by the restaurant will be pulled onto the… Read More »

10 Steps to Prevent Picky Eating

When I was a new mom, I made every mistake in the book when it came to food. I catered to my child’s every want. I got emotional when he refused dinner, and I used every prop in the book to get him to But these well-intentioned acts to get my child to eat… Read More »

When Should You Start Brushing Baby’s Teeth?

We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Helen Mo to answer all the common questions about baby teeth and brushing. Here’s what she had to say: When should I start brushing baby’s teeth? As soon as the teeth are in! This is typically between 5 and 8 months old. How much toothpaste should… Read More »

Garlic, Honey & Infant Botulism

Parents are often warned about the risks of botulism with respect to honey and infants, but the risks of botulism from the improper storage of garlic is also of concern—for babies and adults alike. What you need to know: What is infant botulism? Botulism is a rare but potentially fatal infection caused by consuming the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which produces… Read More »

Black Breastfeeding: A Conversation with Asabea Britton & Nikki Silvestri

An interview with Swedish Midwife Asabea Britton and DEI Coach Nikki Silvestri on breastfeeding as a Black mother in a pandemic. Solid Starts: How are you doing? How are you coping with pandemic parenting? Nikki: Um…(laughs)…I don’t even know how to answer that question. It’s probably all things. I’m coping—I’m not necessarily thriving. Well, there is… Read More »