Health & Nutrition

Ready to go deep? Dive in for research-supported information on everything from fish, cheerios, and smoothies, to toxins, vitamin C, and sugar. These articles are written and extensively reviewed by our team, heavily cited by reliable sources and outlets, and updated as necessary. Have a question or a topic you’d like to see researched? Email us at [email protected].

When Can Babies Have Coquito?

Coquito and many other popular milk punches around the world are a delicious part of celebrating the winter holiday season. The holidays are a great time to share memories, food, and traditions with the entire family—including baby. But with its hefty dose of sugar, when is it okay to serve coquito to baby? When can… Read More »

Can Babies Have Eggnog?

Eggnog, coquito, and other beloved milk punches of the world have been enjoyed at celebrations for centuries. Naturally, this time-honored tradition is one that many caregivers look forward to sharing with children. But eggnog doesn’t quite fit the bill for a baby-friendly drink thanks to its raw eggs, high sugar content, and optional alcohol. So… Read More »

Can Babies Have Pumpkin Pie?

Do you want to give your baby some pie this Thursday? We do! There’s only one reason not to serve your baby pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving and that is sugar (or honey, which you must absolutely avoid until after baby’s first birthday). Back to sugar: Most recipes for pumpkin pie call for ¾ cup granulated… Read More »

When to Worry About Baby’s Poop

Poop can come in different shapes, sizes, textures, colors, and smells, and most of the time, these variations are completely normal. But here are 5 scenarios that do warrant medical attention: 1. White poop: Among younger infants, this may be a sign of a lack of bile from the liver, which is needed to properly digest… Read More »

Solid Starts Nutrition Ratings

How is the Nutrition Rating determined? Each food in our free First Foods® database is rated according to a nutrition star system developed by our multidisciplinary team of nutritionists, dietitians, pediatricians, and licensed infant-feeding specialists. Our team dives deep into the scientific research and data to formulate ratings for each food. Nutrition is not a… Read More »

How to tell if produce labeled “organic” is really organic

Given the markup value on organic produce, we have found there’s an incentive for stores to sometimes put an organic sign up in a stack of produce that is most certainly not organic. Most often, we find it with apples, which can have high levels of pesticide residue. So how do you tell if the… Read More »

21 Foods to Help Baby Poop

Almond butter Apricots Avocado Beans Bell pepper Berries Broccoli Cherry Chia seed pudding Dragon fruit Flaxseed Kiwi Mango Orange Papaya Peach Pear Pineapple Plum Squash Watermelon Other tips to help relieve constipation: Swap out refined grains and try quinoa, wild rice, buckwheat, lentils, and more in the form of whole grain breads, pastas, and other… 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 »

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 »

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., we… 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 »

The Slippery Slope of Canned Fruit

So I want to share a lesson I learned the hard way with all 3 of my babes. Which is this:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀If your budget allows, start—and stay with—fresh food. The moment you slip into processed convenient food (such as canned mandarin oranges as Max is eating in the below video) it’s really hard to go back… Read More »