Starting Solids Safely


Your complete roadmap to starting solids safely and confidently!

This course is for you if...

  • You want a clear understanding of how to start solids and progress towards table foods as your child’s primary source of nutrition
  • You want to know exactly how to respond if your child is choking or requires CPR
  • You want to learn how to introduce allergenic foods and how to recognize an allergic reaction
  • You want all of your education for Solids + CPR training in one place and available to access at any time

"We absolutely loved Larissa's Starting Solids COURSE!"

“Our baby is now one and she is a great eater, and we owe it all to the confidence we gained from taking this class. We really liked that it includes information about nutrition, weaning, introducing cow’s milk and cups and the CPR lessons just in case you ever need it. I cannot recommend this course enough!”

- Veronica

Course Details

Starting Solids Safely is a self-paced, 100% online course that will provide you with all the information you need to start solids, and how to navigate the transition from breast and bottle feeds to food as your child’s primary source of nutrition. Plus, you’ll learn exactly what to do in a choking emergency and how to respond if someone of any age becomes unresponsive. This includes CPR instruction for infants, children, and adults of all body types.

Course Contents:

Upon enrollment, you’ll have immediate access to all course content, including:

Meet Your Instructor

Hi! I’m Larissa O’Loughlin. I am a Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Certified American Heart Association CPR Instructor, and Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST). I am the owner of The Mama Coach based in Westchester, NY.

I teach parents lifesaving skills through CPR instruction and car seat safety education. As an infant feeding specialist and sleep consultant, I also work with parents one-on-one to support them through feeding and sleep challenges.

I have taught hundreds of families about introducing solids and how to perform CPR through both virtual webinars and in-person classes. I am thrilled to make this education available to more parents with the Starting Solids Safely online course.

As a parent of two young kids, and someone with severe food allergies, I know how anxiety-provoking the milestone of starting solids can be. My goal with this course is to make you feel prepared, confident, and empowered to feed your baby — leading to less stress, and more fun!
Specializing in Labor + Delivery, Lactation Support, and Parent Education
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Through private classes, live workshops, and online courses
“I took the starting solids course and highly recommend it! It made me less anxious and more confident in feeding my babies. I felt overwhelmed with purées vs BLW and I didn’t want to make the wrong decision. This course covered it all!”


Frequently Asked Questions

BOTH! I want you to start solids in whichever way works best for your family. That might mean choosing one method over the other, or a combination of both! This course covers both methods plus combo feeding. 

This course is jam packed full of content that will be beneficial to you, even if you’ve already started solids, including:

  • Choking and CPR Response Instruction
  • Introducing allergenic foods (when and how)
  • How to recognize an allergic reaction
    Dropping breast and bottle feeds
  • Introducing cow’s milk (when and how)
  • Teaching your child to use an open cup and straw cup
  • Water intake recommendations

There is 90 minutes of video content divided into 10 chapters, plus eBooks and bonus resources that you can access to supplement your learning.

As long as I am hosting this course, you will have access to the content, including any course updates. You decide when to start and you can come back to reference the content at any time.

I am a Registered Nurse certified in Inpatient Obstetrics, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and CPR Instructor Certified by the American Heart Association. I am certified to teach Heartsaver (a course designed to teach lifesaving skills to people with no medical training) and to teach Basic Life Support (a course designed to teach cardiovascular life support skills for healthcare professionals).

Absolutely! I am based in the United States, so I reference recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Heart Association. There may be slight differences between the recommendations from the United States and other countries. 

This course will not provide a formal CPR certification. To receive a recognized CPR certification from the American Heart Association, a 3-4 hour course is required that includes an in-person component and exam. Starting Solids Safely is intended for parents and caregivers who want to learn what to do in emergency scenarios, but do not require proof of CPR certification.

Yes. There is an option to turn on English captions for all videos.

Included Bonuses

Sample Schedules 6-16+ Months

Schedules change frequently once we add solids to the mix! I provide example routines that are specific to each age, including times for milk feedings, naps, bedtime, and solid foods. This makes it so much easier to figure out how solids will fit into your child's day.

Ket Nutrient and Fluid Intake Guide

The recommendations for nutrient and fluid amounts change as your child grows. This quick reference guide summarizes important intake recommendations based on age, including water, cow's milk, Vitamin D, added sugar, and sodium.

Tips for

I share suggestions for balancing time at daycare with the introduction of solid foods. As a daycare mom myself, I have been through it and understand! My tips will help make the transition smooth.
“Larissa is the best! My husband and I took her Starting Solids class and felt truly empowered to start feeding our baby at 6 months old. She is incredibly knowledgeable and very down to earth and inclusive of different parenting philosophies.”

- Keyla

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