What is the difference between Stage 1 and Stage 2 baby food?
Texture: Stage 1 baby foods are very smoothly pureed and are soupy enough to drip off of a spoon, while Stage 2 foods may be roughly pureed, blended or strained. They maintain a thicker, denser consistency and may include small chunks for your baby to gum around in their mouth.
Can I give my 5 month old Stage 2 formula?
Cow’s milk-based baby formulas for babies up to six months of age are called stage 1 or starter formulas. You can use stage 1 formulas up until your baby is 12 months old. From six months, you can choose stage 2 or follow-on formula, but you don’t need to change to stage 2.
When should I switch my baby off purees?
Once your baby has reached about 10 months of age, he or she will likely be ready to move past baby purees and into the exciting world of self-feeding.
Can my 7 month old eat Stage 3 baby food?
Most parents are clueless about the age when Stage 3 foods can be introduced. Stage 3 purees and baby food with chunks can be introduced to babies at around 9 months of age. By this time your child will well have had a great deal of practice of eating smooth purees of vegetables and fruits.
Do I have to change formula at 6 months?
Your baby can stay on it when you start to introduce solid foods at around 6 months and drink it throughout their 1st year. There’s no evidence that switching to a different formula does any good or harm. However, if you think a particular brand of formula disagrees with your baby, talk to a midwife or health visitor.
When should I switch to Stage 2 formula?
It is recommended to switch to stage 2 formula after month 6 as part of a mixed feeding regiment with baby food. Stage 3 formula is ideal for children who are at least 10 months old and are no longer feeling full from stage 2 formula.
Is Stage 3 formula necessary?
#3: Toddler formulas are not necessary for most toddlers
The American Academy of Pediatrics states, “Toddler milk” or “transitional formulas” are unnecessary for most children and provide no nutritional benefit over a healthy, balanced eating plan.”
When should I stop spoon feeding my baby?
When your baby can bring his or her hands and objects to the mouth (typically around 9 to 12 months), you can slowly decrease mashed/baby foods and offer more finger foods. A child will typically self-feed from 9 to 12 months, and will not use a fork or spoon until after 12 months of age.
How do you introduce finger foods to baby after puree?
Dip baby’s spoon in a smooth puree of your choosing. Introduce 1 food at a time for 3 days and monitor for reactions before introducing another food. One sign of readiness for Phase 2 is when your baby shows interest and pleasure in tasting and opens her mouth when the spoon is near.