Your baby is unique.
So why copy how everyone else is starting solids?
Learn the safe and responsive way to start solids based on your baby’s unique developmental needs and abilities.
You know the period of transitioning to solids is very important .
But you’re not sure where even to start or how to keep up with all the changes.
How about right here? With me by your side?
You barely have time to feed yourself and do not have hours to spend in the kitchen or to research online.
You feel overwhelmed at the thought of making changes (again) now that you’ve just adjusted to the biggest change in your life – having a baby!
You want to go above an beyond to give your baby the best start but not sure which foods would be the best option, how to avoid choking and reduce risk of food allergies.
You need easy steps, a roadmap to give you a peace of mind and help your baby happily feed himself table foods.
You want strategies that can be a fit for your unique baby, instead of following the latest trends or copying what other moms on Facebook are doing.
You feel nervous about Baby Led Weaning but do not know how to feed your baby purees without getting stuck on them.
Is it you?
I got a solution for all that.
I spent 10 years researching, teaching and writing on the topics of starting solids (and practicing with my 3 kids).
And then I created this step-by-step guide on starting solids PLUS 50+ recipes and meal ideas for your baby and the whole family.
It will help you to
Introduce your baby to solids without stress or spending hours online.
Know exactly which foods and textures to offer to your baby based on how he is developing his eating skills.
Stop feeling like an “uncool mom” because you are too nervous to do 100% Baby Led Weaning.
Help your baby learn to eat family foods while staying safe and getting the nutrition he needs.
Naturally respond to your baby’s cues and know when to move to the next feeding milestone.
Support your baby’s self regulation and a healthy relationship with food from the first bite.
Introduce more variety and help your baby develop adventurous taste buds without spending hours cooking or leaving $$$ in a grocery store.
And this means
Confidence. You will know what exactly to expect at each stage and how to handle all the important transitions.
Time. To enjoy your baby more instead of spending hours reading (often outdated) articles online.
Peace of mind. You will have access to the most current expert advice on how to keep your baby safe during feeds, be smart about allergens and know how to minimize risk of choking.
Joy. Feeding your baby can be one of the the most bonding, rewarding and fun activities you share every day. And this is PRICELESS.
We’re around 5 weeks into our weaning journey, and it’s not been my favourite part of parenting! There is so much differing advice out there – that’s the trouble with the Internet I think, everything you read touts something different as the best thing to do. I’m in the UK and there is a baby food brand here that advocates a very slow transition from purees to ‘real’ food which I wasn’t too keen on so mainly followed their advice for first tastes.
So I found the mixed approach to starting solids really refreshing. Everything else I’d read was one extreme or the other. If I let my baby completely self- feed then almost nothing (unless its a stuck of fruit) would go in her mouth. I don’t really like the completely pureed approach either as I want her to learn indivdual tastes and textures and mashing everything together won’t acheive that so a mixed approach makes as lot of sense to me, and it’s explained in the e-book in a very clear and concise way.
The sample meal plans are very helpful to visualise how the day can be structured and how mealtimes should fit in.
Another thing I found really helpful was the nutritional advice. A lot of the other information I have read was solely focused on taste or texture, but this added another dimention which (silly as it sounds) I hadn’t really considered. The tables with the foods / nutrients and serving sugestions will be pinned up in the kitchen for inspiration!Jacqui
Would you like to peak inside?
Part 1: What you need to start solids
What to buy to start solids with your baby to avoid throwing out $$$ and cluttering your house with gadgets you do not need.
How to choose the best feeding equipment so that your baby is supported in his learning.
Why Bumbo seats and sippy cups are not recommended by feeding professionals for frequent use, which spoons are the best for learning to self feed, why a good highchair should have a foot rest and much more.
Part 2: Is your baby ready?
Why the baby’s size, her interest in the food you eat and even her age cannot be the primary reasons for starting solids.
How to read your baby’s developmental signs to know when he is ready for solids to avoid feeding struggles and prevent nutritional “gaps”.
Get my checklist with the signs of readiness and rest assured that whenever your baby is ready to eat solids, you will be prepared!
Part 3: What to feed your baby
Baby Led Weaning, traditional puree approach or a mix of both?
How to feed in a responsive and trusting way in order to take the stress out of mealtimes, help your baby self regulate and build a great relationship with food.
How to increase variety from early on so that your baby grows into an adventurous eater.
What drinks are the best for your baby and how to serve them.
The most recent guidelines on giving your baby common allergens to reduce future risk of food allergies.
Why gagging can be useful and how to minimize choking risk.
Part 4: How to feed your baby: first meals and important milestones
Now let’s put everything you’ve just learnt into action!
Step-by-step checklist for the first meal to give your solid food adventure an easy and natural start.
A detailed timeline to guide you through the stages of your baby’s development so that you know exactly what types of food to serve, how to cut and prepare the food, offer drinks, when to breast feed and offer formula at every stage.
How to gradually build more solid meals and snacks in your baby’s schedule so she keeps getting the nutrition she needs.
Part 5: The most common questions and roadblocks: learning from other parents’ mistakes
Should I give my baby puree poaches? What about rice cereal? Organic or conventional produce? How to feed a fussy baby? What is a baby-friendly and safe way to serve meat? How to respond when a baby refuses the spoon? Throws food on the floor? Seems to eat too much or too little?
You got the picture. Here you will get answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had :).
Recipe pack: Cooking for your baby and the whole family
A collection of 50+ baby food ideas and fast and easy recipes for your baby and your whole family.
From the first simple bites to more complex flavors, you will have dozens and dozens of breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas. All iron rich foods are highlighted so you know how to prepare the most nutritious food for your baby.
And the best part is that most of these recipes can be served to the whole family or included as a part of a family meal so you are not stuck in the kitchen making special meals on top of everything else you are doing already.
In fact, my goal with this recipe selection is to help bridge what your baby and the rest of the family is eating to streamline your meal planning and cooking and help the whole family eat better.
All ingredients and recipes are included in the clickable index at the end of the ebook so you can easily jump to the exact recipe you need, depending on what you have on hand or which food you would like to introduce next. It took me hours to create this detailed index but I know it is going to save lots of YOUR time!
And do not forget about the bonuses!
The most important nutrients your baby needs and their best food sources (and how you can serve them). Plus guidance on nutritional supplements.
A clear age-specific schedule of solid meals, milk feedings and sample age specific mealplans so you know what you baby needs now, how her needs will be changing over time and how the overall transition from breast milk or formula to solid food looks like.
On Starting Solids: The Stress Free Way: This book is filled to the brim with everything I wondered about when I began solid foods with my baby. I love that the book walks you through the developmental stages a baby goes through when introducing solids. The solid nutritional information and real life advice really made the book useful for me.
On Cooking for Your Baby and the Whole Family: As a new Mom, with a quickly growing baby…I am so glad I read this book. Though I have done some research of my own into healthy eating for babies, I learned a great deal after reading through it. I found it to be very comprehensive. The information for feeding babies starts around the 6 month mark and continues on into early toddlerhood.
Information was thorough, well researched, and easy to read and act on for busy Moms. As a new Mom I wasn’t sure about how much texture my baby could handle, this book provides a texture timeline that I found especially helpful. The breakdown of recipes by baby’s age was also great. The recipes presented as really inventive and as healthy as can be!
I am pretty good at coming up with ideas for cooking but this really expanded my thought process when it comes to cooking for my little one. I would recommend this book to any new mom who is looking to get started on feeding with healthy whole food and family friendly foods.Emily Wegener
I created this resource becasue after years of working with parents whose children are a challenge to feed, I realized that I could almost always trace the origins of feeding issues back to when solids were started.
I could also see that when parents were aware of the developmental stages from the very start feeding tended to go much smoother.
And, as a pediatric dietitian, I know that when meals are stress free, nutrition gets a boost and the risk of future feeding issues goes down.
I also think that every parent deserves to have access to the best tools and up to date expert advice instead of trying to make sense out of sketchy tips from the internet (just like I did with my baby #1).
I know that starting solids can be a fun, rewarding and natural experience both for you and your baby.
SO LET’S DO IT TOGETHER!
Natalia Stasenko MS, RD
I loved that you covered the most current research and included citations. I find that a lot of resources on the internet are quoting outdated information and recommendations, so I always want to double-check the author’s sources.Sara Carr
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you the right person to give guidance on the topic of starting solids?
Hmm, let me think… I think I am! I am a registered dietitian specializing in pediatrics so child feeding is what I do for living :). As a child nutrition expert, I have been invited to cowrite two books on starting solids, condensed the latest research on starting solids for my articles geared towards both professional community and general public and coached hundreds of parents through my private practice and online classes. And I also started solids with 3 babies of my own!
Ebooks are so difficult to navigate, I can never find what I need.
Not this time, I promise. I put lots of time and effort into creating links, a recipe index and detailed tables of contents so that both eBooks are very easy to navigate. And did you know you can use notes and bookmarks with a pdf, too? So if you are a fan of scribbling and dog eared pages ( I certainly am), digital format is perfect for you. 🙂
I do not have time to cook baby food.
Neither do I! So I used the mixed approach with my two younger babies. I prepared a few super nutritious purees and fed them with a spoon. But most of the time, I adapted family meals and gave my babies lots of safe finger foods to practice self feeding. This way, they got the nutrition they needed while learning to self feed at a rate that worked for them. More and more feeding experts now recommend the mixed approach to starting solids. And this is exactly what these eBooks will show you how to do.
I want to try Baby Led Weaning, will your eBooks help me?
This eBook gives you all you need to start solids with confidence, whether you are planning to use the Baby Led Weaning, puree approach or the mix. You see, I think that feeding should be ALWAYS child-led, at any age and regardless of the type of food the child eats. I am a supporter of the mixed approach, where smooth purees and spoon feeding are possible but optional. But even if you are planning to skip purees altogether you will still learn so many useful things from the eBooks like how your baby’s self feeding skills will be developing and which roadblocks to expect at each stage. And you will get lots of finger food ideas and recipes!
Sorry, but my eBook Bundle may not be a good fit for BLW “purists” or those who prefer very strict guidelines. You see, I made it more about following your baby’s deveopment rather than a certain rigid set of rules.
I want to do the traditional/puree approach, will your eBooks be useful?
I think you NEED these eBooks because they can help you and your baby get all the benefits of responsive, trust based feeding while allowing her to move through feeding milestones at her unique speed. I recommend exposing your baby to different textures including finger foods from day one of starting solids while using smooth purees as a back up. This helps babies learn to self feed quickly. Every week I am receiving dozens of emails from parents for whom the eBook Bundle was THE resource they needed to move away from purees towards self feeding a variety of textures and flavors.
I’ve already started my baby on solids. Is it too late for me to read your eBooks?
Absolutely not! Especially if you are wondering about what would be the next milestone, feel that your baby is stuck on purees, need meal ideas to transition your baby to family foods or are looking to offer your baby more variety.
I am still not sure… What else have you got?
I spent months researching, writing and recipe testing to create this resource for you. Then I collected feedback from other child feeding experts and parents just like you and used it to make it even more useful and practical. But if you feel it is not a good match for you, it would not feel right to keep your money. Just drop me an email within 30 days of purchase and I will refund it 100%, no questions asked.
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