The good news?
Based on the latest research, we know exactly what it takes to get your baby started on the healthiest food and the best, most productive feeding plan for his future.
The bad news?
The process of starting solids is fraught with opinion, changing research, and contradictions. Today, starting solids is a whole new frontier: it’s daunting, confusing and sometimes downright scary.
The truth is undeniable, however. The more you know about your baby’s nutrition, the better job you will do to nourish and nurture his health and well-being.
Researching, learning, adapting, and adopting all this new and emerging information can be stressful, too.
And who has all that time? You barely get a shower, let alone have the luxury to do research!
You do the best you can with the information you have…and on very little sleep, thank you.
What if you could have all the information you need in a handy little guide? The latest, greatest compilation of practical, research-based recommendations for starting your little one on this very important journey: eating real food.
The Smart Mom's Guide to Starting Solids is your instruction manual for getting your baby off to the right start. Developed by pediatric dietitian, speaker and childhood nutrition expert Jill Castle, this easy-to-read guide sets the record straight and clears up any confusion you may have when it comes to starting solids with your baby - and to help you do it right.
All the options, considerations and warnings are laid out for you, with no-nonsense or hype. You'll learn everything you need to become a Mom who knows exactly how to start solids, advance them the right way, and nourish your baby from the beginning so your child starts with the healthiest foundation possible.
I want you to be a Smart Mom. A mom who knows exactly how to start solids, progressively advance them, and nourish your baby so you create the healthiest foundation for a future of health.
How to recognize the signs your baby is ready to begin eating solid food.
Step-by-Step how to start and advance your baby on solid food.
What feeding method (spoon, baby-led weaning and self-feeding) is right for you and your baby.
The importance of food texture - and when to introduce more - to avoid problems later.
The most common feeding mistakes and how to guard against rewarding with sweets and catering to picky eating.
When to start first foods and how to prevent food allergies - including peanuts and fish.
Positive feeding practices and advice that will help you feed your child now and later in childhood.
This book is very comprehensive. Even though I have spent my career as a pediatric dietitian, I would have found this helpful when my kids were babies. ~ Amy Reed, MS, RD, CSP, LD
The Smart Mom's Guide to Starting Solids is a must have book for every new parent! The book is full of valuable information that helps parents raise children who love and appreciate nourishing foods. I found the book to be super helpful with determining the best first foods to feed my daughter and the best time to transition to solid foods. I love how the book touches on the eating environment and how it can impact my child's thoughts and feelings towards the foods she is trying. ~ Clancy Harrison, MS, RD
About Childhood Nutrition Expert, Jill Castle, MS, RDN
As a pediatric dietitian, I’ve worked with many families, helping them through this early and important transition. The move from liquid nutrition (breast milk or formula) to solid food is an important one – exciting, new, and sometimes challenging.
As a mom of four, who nursed and traversed this important transition myself (4 times!), I know that mistakes can be made. Innocent, unknowing mistakes. Mistakes that can render significant challenges down the line. Inadvertently missing critical nutrients, delaying the transition to textured food, starting solids too early, or offering a bland, tasteless diet are just some of the most common mistakes new mothers make when embarking on this transition.
I don’t want that for you. Or for your baby.
I wrote The Smart Mom’s Guide to Starting Solids with you in mind. I know a confident, knowledgeable mother will be relaxed, calm and connected when feeding her baby. And that’s good news for you, but especially for your baby.