Popsicles for Babies

Popsicles, ice pops, or freeze pops can be a fun way to help a child cool down after some fun in the sun, but are popsicles safe for infants? Let’s dig in.   Can babies have popsicles? While there is no research to say when babies can have popsicles, there are a few things to… Read More »

Coconut Granola Recipe for Babies, Toddlers & Picky Eaters

Perfect for those who want to make breakfasts in advance or to batch-cook, this granola recipe is perfect to ensure your baby and toddler are getting enough allergen exposure and will delight even the pickiest of eaters.

Raising Body Positive Children

“Shh. We’re not supposed to talk to her about food.” –My little brother, 10 years old, telling my little sister not to ask me about why I wasn’t eating. –Jenny BEST, founder, solid starts My relationship with food is fraught in a number of ways. Having dealt with anorexia in my ballet career, to over-indulging… Read More »

The Problem With Canned Tuna for Babies

We always knew something was off with the recommendations from the U.S. government to eat canned tuna. But we didn’t know just how off until we lifted up the boulder that is the FDA fish ranking system and found a lot of worms. You probably remember from being pregnant that you were advised to limit… Read More »

Eater of the Week: Anders

Meet Eater of the Week Anders, 10 months, hailing from Columbus, Ohio. Anders has a facial birthmark, known as a Congenital Melanocytic Facial Nevus. In simple terms, Congenital Melanocytic Nevus (CMN) means a pigment-based birthmark present at birth. According to Nevus Outreach, small melanocytic nevi are quite common, with one in every 50 to 100… Read More »

Is this normal? Things Babies Do When Tasting New Foods

Parents often mistake a baby’s reactions to food as a sign that the child doesn’t like the food. While this is sometimes the case, more often than not, it’s something else. Here are some common things babies do when tasting new foods: 1. Shuddering or Shivering Why they do it: We don’t know exactly why… Read More »

Eater of the Week: Onyx

Meet our Eater of the Week, Onyx, 7 months. Onyx’s mom, Natalie (@natalie.irl) shares that it’s been really affirming to see so many people on Solid Starts feeding babies food from their own cultures from day one. Natalie is Gullah from South Carolina and Onyx’s dad is Puerto Rican. Onyx’s meals reflect his Afro-Latino heritage,… Read More »

Veggies Have Vitamin C Too!

Here’s a fun fact: bell peppers have more vitamin C than oranges! We often think of fruit as the go to for vitamin C and other immune system-boosting nutrients but many veggies have just as much, if not more vitamin C than oranges! So as we head into the fall season here in the U.S.,… Read More »

Smoothies for Toddlers: Nutrition vs. Development

Technically you can introduce smoothies into your child’s diet after their first birthday, though we generally suggest waiting until 15-18 months of age. Here’s why: It takes time to transition from drinking your meals (from breast or bottle) to chewing and swallowing them. And all that chewing and swallowing is hard work! Most babies and… Read More »

What to Expect in Baby’s First Year with Sharon Mazel

Q & A with Parenting Expert Sharon Mazel So much change takes place in baby’s first year of life! Not only will babies likely triple their birth weight by about 12 months of age, they will learn to crawl, eat solid food, stand up, and for many, take their first steps. Which is a lot… Read More »

How to Survive the First 6 Months of Twins

I should probably rename this post to How to Survive the First 6 Months of Twins-while-caring-for-a-2-year-old since that was beyond hard, but to keep it focused for new parents of multiples, here’s a list of tips that got me through… Barely. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀1. Get babies on same feeding schedule. This will ultimately mean you need to… Read More »