Baby-led Weaning Tips

Navigating daily life with baby-led weaning and finger food first? Here’s everything you need to know about food mess and waste, spoons, control, and mealtime dynamics. Also check out hacks on cutting and serving different foods. Check out our Instagram page @SolidStarts for community, conversation, and snackable content.

Benefits of Resistive Sticks of Foods for Babies

Just joining? See our virtual course, How to Start Solids & Raise a Happy Eater or check out our Starting Solids bundle. As infant swallowing specialists and feeding therapists, we are often touting the benefits of unbreakable, resistive sticks of food for babies starting solids, babies in transition from spoon-feeding to finger food, as well… Read More »

What to do when a toddler won’t eat vegetables

Toddlers often have an ambivalent relationship with vegetables. It’s a common issue that many parents face. So, what do you do when a toddler won’t eat their vegetables? Check out our Toddlers at the Table bundle for more tips to help toddlers explore and enjoy their food. Exploring Leads to Eating There is no way… Read More »

Transitioning from Spoons to Fingers

It’s not uncommon to face challenges when transitioning baby from spoon-fed purées to finger foods. Babies transitioning to finger foods are working hard at developing lots of new skills, such as chewing and moving food around to swallow, mapping the mouth, and learning where and how food moves in the mouth. Common challenges include refusing… Read More »

Does Baby-led Weaning Cause Food Waste?

When I first started Adie+Max on solids with baby-led weaning, I was taken aback at how much food ended up on the floor. I am a mama who considers myself to be environmentally aware. I mean, at one point, I had whole vermicomposting sytem set up on our deck. Does baby-led weaning increase food waste?… Read More »

Top 10 Tips for Starting Solid Food

Introducing food to your baby is exciting…and nerve wracking! And while there’s no “right” way to start your baby off on solid food, here are 10 tips to get you going: Create a safe eating environment. This means a proper high chair that is totally upright and fitted with a footplate. Aim to also create a… Read More »

What to do When Your Baby Says “No” to Food

Has your baby or toddler started to say “no” to food yet?  No? Just wait. Around 15 months old, my daughter, Adie, developed a strong “no” reflex. She’d actually say no to food she even wanted—shaking her head no AS SHE WAS REACHING FOR MORE. I highlight this fun little development milestone—part speech, part independence—because how… Read More »

How Long Should Your Baby’s Meal Last?

I love to linger over meals.  So it’s always been a goal of mine to create a family space where meals are savored and conversation is flowing. Where the time together socializing is equally important as the food. But you cannot expect your baby to sit for very long when starting solids. In fact, the first… Read More »

Baby Finger Foods: Safe Sizes & Shapes for Baby-led Weaning

When it comes to babies starting solids, bigger is actually better. I know it’s counter intuitive. I mean, WHAT IF A PIECE BREAKS OFF?! (This will happen. A lot! Stay calm.) Here’s the thing. Your baby is more likely to choke on a corn kernel than a large chunk of banana (or pineapple) that breaks… Read More »

Food Sizes by Age with Baby-led Weaning

You may know that the ideal food size/shape for 6 -9 month olds is the “two-finger” strip. A piece of food that is roughly the size and length of two adult fingers held together. This is because at this age, babies are mostly using their fist to grab things (this is called the Palmar grasp)… Read More »

How to Cut Melons for Babies

Hard, slippery fruit is a choking hazard for babies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t serve it. How to prepare melon safely for babies:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀1️⃣ Wash the outside of the melon as they are notorious for carrying bacteria (from growing on the ground.) You know, where animals poop! 2️⃣ Cut open and scrape out any seeds.… Read More »

How to do Baby Led Weaning with Spoons

Training your baby to use a spoon There are numerous benefits to letting your baby self-feed but the mess is REAL. Here’s one way to train your baby to eat independently—with a spoon. Step 1. Stand behind your baby’s high chair with 2 or 3 baby spoons. Step 2. Preload one spoon and rest it… Read More »

Baby-led Weaning & Letting Go of Control

When I set out to build Solid Starts a few months ago, I just wanted to make it easier for other parents to introduce real food to babies. To explore an alternative to spoon-feeding and pouches of runny vegetables. And to test whether if babies trusted to feed themselves would be more likely to grow… Read More »