Food for Thought

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 »

A Conversation About Black Breastfeeding 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 »

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 us through… Barely. 1. Get babies on same feeding schedule, or close to it. Eventually this means… Read More »

20 Books on Food Culture to Read to Your Baby

I have learned firsthand how powerful food can be as a gateway conversation to bigger issues. Like race. So I spent the morning creating a list of our favorite children’s books where food culture is the dominant theme. They are:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀·  Baby Goes to Market·  Freedom Soup·  Rainbow Stew·  Anna Carries Water·  Bi Bim Bop·  Fry… Read More »

When Fear Holds Our Babies Back

Five years ago today I went into labor with this little guy. And 5 minutes ago today I got the call that his covid test was negative. I was so worn by time I got the call I just collapsed and cried. I am so tired of worrying. Now that I have mothered 3 babies,… Read More »

Podcast: Baby-led Weaning with Solid Starts founder, Jenny Best

Solid Starts founder, Jenny Best, talks about everything baby-led weaning with Deb Flashenberg on the Prenatal Yoga Center podcast. In this episode:  Jenny’s personal story and path to Solid Starts What is baby-led weaning? The benefits of baby-led weaning How to know when your baby is ready for solids Why rice cereal become the first… Read More »

Baby Led Weaning Podcast with Cook Smarts

Of all the tasks in motherhood, I find the meal planning to be the hardest. And I love to cook. Well, I used to at least.  Thinking ahead of what to feed everyone—21 different meals and 14 different snacks every week—while trying not to get stuck in a rotation rut is hard. So hard that… Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »