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.

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 »

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 prop in the book to get him to just.take.one.bite. But these well-intentioned acts to get my child to eat… Read More »

Popsicles for Babies

Popsicles, ice pops, or freeze pops can be a fun way to help a child cool down after some fun in the sun, but are popsicles safe for infants? Let’s dig in.   Can babies have popsicles? While there is no research to say when babies can have popsicles, there are a few things to… Read More »

Coconut Granola Recipe for Babies, Toddlers & Picky Eaters

Perfect for those who want to make breakfasts in advance or to batch-cook, this granola recipe is perfect to ensure your baby and toddler are getting enough allergen exposure and will delight even the pickiest of eaters.

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 »

Eater of the Week: Anders

Meet Eater of the Week Anders, 10 months, hailing from Columbus, Ohio. Anders has a facial birthmark, known as a Congenital Melanocytic Facial Nevus. In simple terms, Congenital Melanocytic Nevus (CMN) means a pigment-based birthmark present at birth. According to Nevus Outreach, small melanocytic nevi are quite common, with one in every 50 to 100… Read More »

Eater of the Week: Onyx

Meet our Eater of the Week, Onyx, 7 months. Onyx’s mom, Natalie (@natalie.irl) shares that it’s been really affirming to see so many people on Solid Starts feeding babies food from their own cultures from day one. Natalie is Gullah from South Carolina and Onyx’s dad is Puerto Rican. Onyx’s meals reflect his Afro-Latino heritage,… 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 me through… Barely. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀1. Get babies on same feeding schedule. This will ultimately mean you need to… Read More »

Strawberry Granola for Babies & Toddlers

I devised this recipe out of necessity: my toddler Charlie had all but stopped eating and if it wasn’t sweet, he wasn’t going to eat it. He wouldn’t eat fresh strawberries (or any fresh fruit for that matter) so I devised this granola recipe with dehydrated strawberries, which have a dense, sweet flavor. This recipe… Read More »

Sweet Potato “Toast” Recipe

Who wants food the whole family can eat? Our friend Leslie has generously shared her recipe for sweet potato “toast”—a beloved dish at her cafe Stocked. The recipe looks long, but almost everything can be prepped in advance. Make the toasts on a day when you have leftover sweet potatoes, leftover quinoa, and/or leftover kale chips… Read More »