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.

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 »

Baby or Toddler Throwing Food on the Floor?

It’s a universal problem. The 6-month-old dropping food to test gravity. The 9-month-old who takes a single bite and tosses the rest. The 12-month-old throws a piece of food across the table to see what happens — Does it roll? Splat? Make a sound?!  And of course, there are the toddlers who throw food just… 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 »

How to Prevent Picky Eating Before It Starts

This little cream pitcher changed everything. Charlie, our picky eater-in-chief stopped drinking milk around 18 months old. Just up and stopped one day. Decided that he no longer liked milk of any kind. Not plant-based milks, not cow milk, not powdered toddler formula. If it was white, he wasn’t going to drink it. And he… Read More »

Top 10 Tips for Starting Solid Food

Introducing food to your baby is exciting…and nerve wracking! And while there’s no “right” way to start your baby off on solid food, here are 10 tips to get you going: Create a safe eating environment. This means a proper high chair that is totally upright and fitted with a footplate. Aim to also create a… Read More »

The Power of Choice: Picky Eating Tip

Are you giving your child enough choices at mealtime?  When it comes to picky eating, choice is EVERYTHING. Many of you know that our son stopped eating when he turned one. Not like stopped eating will only eat bananas and applesauce eating but STOPPED EATING. Wouldn’t touch anything fresh. Not a banana. Not french fries. Not… 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 »

Picky Eaters and Apples

How to encourage a picky eater to eat apples with skin on You have no idea how happy this picture makes me. After three years of refusing to eat fresh fruit, my 4 yr old picky eater, Charlie, ate an apple.  WITH THE SKIN ON. Here’s how we did it (he was 2 years old… Read More »

101 Snack Ideas for Babies & Toddlers

I don’t know about you guys, but I find it SO hard to come up with healthy snack ideas in the moment. It’s just so easy to reach for a pouch or some other processed food. And with 1,825 meals + snacks to prepare each year, it’s easy to get into a rotational rut.  Our new… Read More »

Solid Starts Pancake Recipe for Babies

Berry Buttermilk Pancakes If your baby is just starting solids, get more recipe ideas from our Meal & Recipes Kit and guides. 2 cups all purpose flour (or flour alternative) 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt (optional) 2 ¼ cups buttermilk 3 eggs, beaten ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted blueberries or strawberries  heavy cream… 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 »