You're an expert at feeding your baby milk. Now you need to move on.
Starting solids is exciting, but it’s tricky separating fact from fiction.



Here’s a better solution

Save yourself time, stress and money and get all the answers you need in this baby-friendly workshop

Hi, I’m Caroline O'Connor

Registered dietitian, lactation consultant and most importantly, a busy parent like you.

This photo is of me and Alice, my fourth baby and the reason I founded Solid Start over four years ago.

While I was preparing to start Alice on solids. It struck me that the amount of weaning information had exploded since my first baby eight years before.

And what scared me most was how much information was out-of-date, incorrect and unrealistic for everyday life.

Solid Start baby weaning courses were born there and then!

Since then, I’ve helped hundreds of parents with weaning. I couldn’t be more passionate about nutrition for babies. But I also know that we don’t need to go to superhuman efforts to get it right.

Get the basics right and you’ll get your baby off to a solid start (see where I got the name!).

Your one stop shop for weaning
You can buy your ticket hereBUY MY TICKET

Everything you need to know including:

  • Knowing what equipment is essential and what’s a waste of money
  • Combining spoon-feeding and finger foods (and being flexible)
  • Deciding on a good first food
  • Balancing food and breastfeeding or formula feeding
  • Understanding how to be responsive to your baby’s appetite (spoiler: there are no portion sizes for weaning!).
  • Adapting family foods to save time and money
  • Introducing allergens safely and easily
  • Exploring options for first foods
  • Planning balanced and nutritious meals using everyday foods
  • Managing cows milk allergy during weaning
  • Modifying finger foods to prevent choking


Meet like-minded parents

Workshops are maxed at 12 so there’s plenty of time to interact with other parents (if you like!) and get all of your questions answered.

You’re welcome to bring your baby along with you too. And there are plenty of playmats there so they can have a stretch!

Also enjoy a tea or coffee and a freshly baked muffin-you deserve it

Food displays

You can sit back and listen while I talk through the weaning process and demonstrate simple real meal ideas (I cook these at home to speed things up!). And talk you through the equipment that is useful to buy.

At the end you’re welcome to come up and take photos of the food or give them a squeeze so you’re confident about texture.

Baby Weaning Guide


  • Baby’s shopping list
  • Equipment Checklist
  • Finger Food Safety Checklist
  • Allergen Safety Checklist
  • Sample schedules for the first 10 days, allergen introduction and all stages up to twelve months
  • Cheatsheet on dealing with constipation, food throwing and food refusal
  • Along with a recipe ebook with 30 family-friendly recipes for you to enjoy together.

Reliable and professional information

As a registered children’s dietitian (and lactation consultant) I have reviewed the current evidence-based guidelines to bring you up-to-date advice you can trust. There’s no substitute for qualifications and your child deserves nothing less than expert advice.


As a registered dietitian I am recognised all ALL health insurers. Check your policy to see what your policy covers.

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll get the very most out of this workshop if you take it when your baby is about 4-5 months old. That way you can get organised and know what signs to watch out for as your baby nears the six month mark.

However, many parents with babies aged seven months and more have attended and found it beneficial. Especially if they were stuck on purées or simple finger foods and unsure how to move on.

This workshop covers everything you need to know right up till your baby’s first birthday.

Of course! I keep the workshop numbers small so that everyone feels comfortable and has plenty of time to ask questions as we go along. Feel free to ask any questions as we go through the workshop and at the end. I want to make sure you leave the workshop with no doubts or concerns.

I’m a registered dietitian and that means that by law I can only give evidence-based information. Nutrition is an evolving science and guidelines change from time to time and may differ slightly between countries. The advice provided in this course is based on European and Irish guidelines.

Of course, all of this information is available somewhere. But you’ll find it jumbled up with lots of other information that’s out-dated or incorrect. Without the appropriate qualifications, it’s difficult to pick fact from fad.

Public Health Nurses (PHNs) give some evidence-based information about weaning. However, it’s not possible for them to provide this depth of information.

Babies cry! And as a mum of four, I’m well used to it. This is an informal workshop so you’re free to feed your baby, walk around the room or bring a playmat so your baby can stretch out on the floor.


If your baby cries, I’ll talk louder!

If you cancel more than 7 days before the workshop I can offer you a full refund. Within 7 days of the workshop, I’m afraid I can’t offer you a refund but I will send you my Baby Weaning Guide in the post and you’re welcome to gift or sell your ticket to another parent.

Are you ready to start raising a happy healthy eater?

Or maybe you’d prefer to take an online Baby Weaning Course?

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