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].

Infant Formula Shortage FAQs and Guide

While many parents might ask themselves whether or not their baby is consuming enough milk, no one should ever have to worry about where they will get their baby’s next bottle. Caused by formula recalls by one of the baby formula industry’s largest manufacturers, persistent supply-chain issues, and an increase in formula usage during the… Read More »

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

Starting solid food is going to dramatically change the consistency, frequency, and texture of baby’s poop. For more information on the impact on poop that each food has, use our free First Foods® database and see our guides for the best and worst foods for babies. While poop comes in different shapes, sizes, textures, colors,… 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

Changes in poop, including constipation, are somewhat common when babies start eating solid food. But before you reach for the sugary prune puree or increase baby’s water intake, consider working more of the below foods into baby’s diet. Not sure which foods to feed baby? Consider getting our First Foods Essentials guides to the best… 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. This article covers what you need to know about the risk of botulism. Not sure which foods are unsafe for baby? See 25 Foods Never… 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 »