Starting solids the easy, safe and stress-free way!

Let me show you how to safely and successfully introduce solids to your baby with my step-by-step system, recipes, meal plans, video tutorials, and guides.

You know that 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 the 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 and get enough nutrition.

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 are not sure whether you should use Baby Led Weaning approach or start with only purees.

Is it you?

I got a solution for you 

As a child nutritionist and mom, I spent 10 years researching, teaching and writing on the topics of starting solids (and practicing with my 3 kids).

What parents often do not know is that there is no need to follow a rigid philosophy when starting solids.

You can start solids using the mixed, baby-guided approach, where safe finger foods are introduced from early on to boost self-feeding skills and optional purees are used to keep the nutrition in check.

My complete online program has everything you need to safely and easy start solids with your baby using this mixed approach, step by step.

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Easy to follow

Detailed roadplan to start solids, simple schedules, mealplans, video tutorials and a nutritional guide.
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Supportive

Daily support from Natalia and a community of parents

Delicious

Baby-friendly recipes to help the whole family eat better

Visual

Video tutorials + Videos of babies leaning to eat a variety of textures.

This complete guide to starting solids will help you to:

Introduce your baby to solids without stress or spending hours online.

 Introduce finger foods (to boost self-feeding skills) and optional purees (to keep nutrition in check)

Know exactly which foods and textures to offer to your baby at different ages and stages. 

Understand how babies learn to self-feed by watching videos of a baby going through all the milestones ( 6 to 15 months).

Understand the difference between gagging and choking. Get the steps to help your baby outgrow gagging and minimize the risk of choking. 

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 the risk of choking.

Joy. Feeding your baby can be one of the most bonding, rewarding and fun activities you share every day. And this is PRICELESS.

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. So I found the mixed approach to starting solids really refreshing. Everything else I’d read was one extreme or the other.

The sample meal plans are very helpful to visualize 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 dimension which (silly as it sounds) I hadn’t really considered.

The tables with the foods / nutrients and serving suggestions will be pinned up in the kitchen for inspiration! Jacqui Memmott

Here is what you get

Starting Solids The Stress Free Way Guide

Part 1. What you need to start solids. Equipment for cooking, storing, freezing, feeding and minimizing mess.

Part 2. Is your baby ready? Signs of readiness for solids.

Part 3. What to feed your baby. Finger foods, purees or both? How to train your baby’s taste buds to eat a variety. How to choose drinks. How to introduce food allergens. Gagging vs Choking.

Part 4. How to feed your baby. How to organize the very first meals and what to expect as your baby is growing.

Part 5. The most common questions and roadblocks. Learning from other parents mistakes and get answers to all your questions.

 

Recipes: Cooking for your baby and the whole family

50+ baby food ideas and fast and easy recipes

All iron-rich foods and recipes are highlighted

Most recipes can be served to the whole family or included as a part of a family meal.

Video tutorials 

 

1. Finger foods: best shapes and textures for beginners

2. Safe starter finger foods for a baby with teeth

3. Gagging 101: What it is and how to help your baby gag less

 

Sample schedules and meal plans

 

Clear age-specific schedules of solid meals and milk/formula feedings.

Sample age-specific meal plans so you know what your baby needs now and how her needs will be changing over time. 

Nutritional ABC’s

 

The most important nutrients for your baby and their best food sources (and how you can serve them).

Guidance on nutritional supplements your baby may need.

Videos of babies learning to self-feed

 

How do babies learn to self-feed?

How babies learn to eat finger foods and how to feed them with a spoon correctly?

What is pincer grasp? What gagging looks like?

Prepare to learn (and have a giggle) as you watch this collection of videos.

Toddler Feeding 101

 

Everything you need to know to get ready for the tricky toddler phase: the important changes, useful feeding strategies, mealtime tips and common pitfalls to avoid.

You will be glad you are prepared as your baby grows into a rebellious toddler with a sketchy appetite and a fierce drive for independence!

Supportive Online Community (included with VIP and VIP+ packages)

 

Judgement-free zone with all the support you need.

Connect with like-minded parents 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Get all your questions answered by a child feeding expert, pediatric dietitian, and mom of three.

The prices are listed in USD / American, this equates to around £19/£74/£268 UK GBP, €22/€83/€299 or $35/$137/$488 Canadian / Australian Dollars, respectively.  

You can use your credit/debit card regardless of your location in the world and it will convert it for you. You can also pay via Paypal, the most secure payment system in the world. Access to Starting Solids The Stress-Free Way is provided instantly in downloadable PDFs / Ebooks (just like a word document), and links to the demo videos. It can be accessed worldwide, regardless of location, including USA, UK, Australia and the rest of the world.

All instructions, recipes, and videos are easily viewable on mobiles, tablets, laptops etc. All mealplans/ebooks can also be printed out very easily, just like a word document.  All one-on-one appointments for the VIP+ package are scheduled online via a video conference website, in any country, and in any time zone.  

It is filled to the brim with everything I wondered about when I began solid foods with my baby. I love that the books walk 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. 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. Emily Wegener

Natalia your recipes are the biggest success for my little girl!

We tried the Baby’s First Bolognese tonight and it was an absolute hit! I love the variety of ingredients in your recipes and how perfect each and every recipe is for babies that are beginning to manipulate their hands/fingers with more precision.

Willow is loving all of the things I’m trying from your ebook! As a first time mum, I wouldn’t have known that she could try things like herbs at her age but I’ve gained so much knowledge through your book and I really love how varied her diet is as a result. The amount of ingredients in each is perfect for the night’s feed and to pop plenty of little portions in the freezer as nutritious go-to’s when in a hurry.

Thanks so much for such a great resource. Whitney White

About me

I created this program because, 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 100% stress-free experience both for you and your baby.

I AM SO EXCITED TO SHOW YOU EXACTLY HOW TO DO IT!

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 co-write two books on starting solids, condensed the latest research on starting solids for my articles geared towards both professional community and the 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!

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 program help me?

This program 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 program 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

I want to do the traditional/puree approach, will your program be useful?

I think you NEED this program because it 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 backup. This helps babies learn to self-feed quickly. Every week I am receiving dozens of emails from parents for whom the information I am sharing 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 join the program?

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.

How long is the program?

Starting solids with your baby is a process, a fun journey without a definite end. Kids continue learning how to eat for many months and even years. When joining Starting Solids: The Stree Free Way you get access to all the materials and the closed Facebook community for 1 year. This should give you and your little one enough time to go through all the major transitions with the support of a child feeding professional.

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 and used it to make it even more useful and practical. But if you think it is not a good match for you, it would not feel right to me to keep your money.

Just drop me an email within 30 days of purchase and I will refund it 100%, no questions asked.

Did I miss anything important? If you have more questions, please email them to info@feedingbytes.com.

Thank you again for creating these resources! …these are the most practical tools I have come across – they gave me the information I needed to be educated and informed, as well as easy ways to implement this information in our crazy day. I also really appreciated that your approach is not one size fits all, which ended up being really reassuring, as an already overwhelmed new mom. Cara Ludwig