Raising Happy Eaters

Make mealtime enjoyable! Explore recipes and tips for a fun (or at least less stressful!) eating experience for the entire family. Discover ways to talk to family members about baby-led weaning and troubleshoot common mealtime challenges. Read about fellow parents and young eaters from around the world. Check out our Instagram page @SolidStarts for community, conversation, and snackable content.

Babies and Easter: Tips for Eating Through the Holiday

Is there anything more adorable than a baby wearing bunny ears? But also, let’s be real: most of us won’t be able to sit down for Easter dinner for more than 15 minutes. That said, here are some tips on how to include baby in the celebrations, from egg dyeing to food tasting. Happy Easter!… Read More »

Lunchtime in Iran: A Simple Cooking Technique to Share Rice with Baby

In Iranian homes, families often have a beloved polo recipe that they have made their own with influences from near and far. Some add meat, others use butter instead of oil, and vegetable medleys and spices vary from one household to the next. The cooking method also varies. In Iran’s capital city of Tehran, Yasmin… Read More »

Toddlers and Fear of New Foods

Believe it or not, your baby may soon be afraid to taste chocolate milk. One of the reasons parents race to introduce a lot of foods before baby’s first birthday is because after 12 months of age, the fear of new foods sets in hard. If your baby hasn’t gotten familiar with a certain food… Read More »

Tips for Keeping Baby in the High Chair

You’ve just made a lovely lunch and are sitting down with baby to eat. Ahhhhh. 5 minutes later baby is done. While the attention span and stamina of a 6 month old very well may only last 5 to 10 minutes at the start, here are some tips to stretch that precious time in the… 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 »

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 »

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 »

10 Tips for Eating Out With Babies

A few tips to help those less-than-relaxing restaurant experiences with your little eating machine go more smoothly: Bring a disposable placemat that sticks to the table. There are a million of these on Amazon so just do yourself a favor and get one. Any placemat given to you by the restaurant will be pulled onto the… Read More »

10 Steps to Prevent Picky Eating

When I was a new mom, I made every mistake in the book when it came to food. I catered to my child’s every want. I got emotional when he refused dinner, and I used every crutch in the book to get him to just.take.one.bite. But these well-intentioned acts to get my child to eat… Read More »

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 »

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 »