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.

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 »

Could There be an End to Spoon Feeding?

Most parents we know start their baby’s journey into solid food by spoon-feeding purées because that’s what their pediatrician advised them to do, or simply because it’s the way it’s always been done. But what was done before all the jars, pouches, and fancy blenders? Before the invention of baby food, there was just food.… 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 »

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 »

What You Must Know Before Giving Oranges to Babies

Citrus season is upon us and while you should absolutely introduce mandarins, oranges, and other citrus fruits to your baby, I want to make sure you know that all citrus fruits are choking hazards.  Choking risk generally increases when a food is one or more of these things: Firm Round  Slippery But oranges aren’t super… Read More »

Minimizing the Mess with Baby-Led Weaning

How to stay clean while letting your baby self-feed 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 no matter which way you do it. That said, there are a few things you can do to minimize… Read More »

How to Talk to Family Members About Baby-Led Weaning

Talking points for family members who are not so sure about your letting your baby self-feed. I don’t know about you, but there are certain people in my family who totally embrace the way I am introducing Adie+Max to solid food and others who think I’m off my rocker. And these worlds tend to collide… Read More »

Babies & Thanksgiving: Tips for Eating Through the Holiday

I love Thanksgiving. Ply me with stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie and I’m a happy camper. But to be candid, I probably won’t get more than 15 minutes at the table with three kids under the age of four this year. (Though still better off than last year’s tandem breastfeeding in between courses situation!)… 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 »