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In the past weeks, we have been receiving almost the same question: “what is the difference between stage 1 and 2 baby food?” As this is a concern to many parents, we want to dedicate today’s blog post to answering this crucial question. Please hang on while we discuss this important topic.
At times, it doesn’t occur to us, parents, that our little bundle of joy that we brought back from the hospital is growing into a little girl/boy that does not totally depend on milk only as he/she grows. As growth progresses, the food intake of a baby also advances. However, to enhance growth, there must be a sufficient supply of all basic nutrients at each stage of growth, because, a baby cannot completely depend on breast milk or formulated milk, which is why it is important to improve and balance children’s food as they grow through stages.
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Table of content
|2.0||What is stage 1 baby food?|
|3.0||Signs to know your baby is ready for solids|
|4.0||Stage one food Ideas|
|5.0||Things to know about food Allergy|
|Foods to avoid at stage 1 |
Allergy causing food
|7.0||Stage 2 baby food|
|8.0||Foods to continue watching out for even at stage 2|
|9.0||Stage 2 food ideas|
2.0 What is stage 1 baby food?
These are baby foods that are made up of a single ingredient, which is pureed or mashed to smooth runny/watery consistency for the baby to easily swallow it. Examples of such food are fruits, vegetables, cereals with no sugar added, honey, or salt. At this stage, breast milk and formula milk are still extremely important too for your baby’s growth through the first birthday. You could either add milk or water to your baby’s purees. Stage-1 solid food is usually introduced to babies between 4-6 months of age. Always consult your baby’s paediatrician for advice.
During stage 1, you should introduce your baby to varieties of food such as blended meat, chicken, fish, egg, oat, rice, and vegetable. But your baby’s basic food should still be breast milk/formula milk. One beautiful thing we love so much about this stage is that your baby is getting used to varieties of taste and would never reject any food because of its taste unlike stage 2 and 3 eaters who might be very selective (depending on babies anyway) because some babies keep this first stage attitude of accepting anything called baby food.
Most importantly, do not be in a hurry to offer solid to your baby. Ensure that your baby is ready for solid and consult your paediatrician before commencing the process. To know more about the dos and don’ts of introducing solid food to your baby, do well to read our article on guides to introducing solids to your baby.
3.0 Signs to know your baby is ready for solids
You would say that your baby is ready for solids if he/she:
- Shows interest in eating by willingly opening his/her mouth to accept food
- Could sit up with little or no support
- Has good control of his/her head and neck
4.0 Stage one food Ideas
5.0 Things to know about food allergy
One thing to watch out for while introducing solids to your little one is allergy. Food allergy might be mild or serious in babies with any of the symptoms below:
- Breathing difficulties
- Itching discomfort
- Swelling of the face, mouth, neck, and other parts that the food got in contact with
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Fever higher than 104 degrees
6.0 Foods to avoid at stage 1
- Juice or carbonated drink
The National health service (NHS) recommend introducing allergy food from six months while the American academy of pediatrics (AAP) recommends early introduction(4-6 months) but with guideline.
6.1 Allergy causing food include:
- Cow milk
- shell fish
- Tree nuts Unpasteurised food
- None gluten free food
7.0 Stage 2 baby food
Stage 2 baby food is usually thicker in consistency than stage one baby food. During this stage, your baby’s eating capacity has increased unlike at stage 1, where consumption is less. At this stage, you could offer a combination of baby food including legumes, chicken, fish, or meat.
This is usually for babies within 6 to 9 months. At this stage, your baby’s intestine is stronger than that of babies below six months, but you must be careful of the food that goes into their tummy. Many babies start selecting food around this time, therefore, before then, you need to try a full range of varieties to know what your baby likes and what he/she doesn’t, or what method of feeding goes well with them. Don’t forget, all their food at this stage is still properly pureed or mashed but the consistency differs a bit from that of stage one, for easier ingestion and digestion. Besides, your baby’s digestive system cannot handle pieces or lumps of food so ensure that you avoid them in order not to pose a risk to your baby’s health.
8.0 Foods to continue watching out for even at stage 2
- Cow milk
- Unpasteurised food
- Juice or carbonated drink
9.0 Stage 2 food ideas
- Perfectly cooked pasta
- Carrot + rice + chicken
- Carrot + pumpkin + corn
- Rice + chicken + tomatoes
- Sweet potatoes + meat(chicken/fish)
- Oat + banana + strawberry
- Oat + apple + blueberry
- Mango + banana + yoghurt
- Banana + Apple + carrot
- Avocado + banana
- Butternut squash + chicken
- Pumpkin + chicken + mango
- Egg + broccoli
- Rice + broccoli + fish + tomatoes
- Rice + spinach + meat
- Sweet potatoes + spinach +carrot
- Carrot + broccoli + sweet potatoes
- Carrot + spinach + chicken
- Blueberry + avocado + mango
In conclusion, knowing what stage of food to offer your baby is crucial but the decision shouldn’t be totally dependent on your baby’s age. If he/she shows signs of progression into a particular stage, do well to feed him/her properly. But always rely on your baby’s paediatrician’s recommendation after examining your baby’s ability developmental growth, which might differ from one baby to another.
The main differences between stage 1 and 2 baby foods are the consistency (texture) and ingredients the food is made up of. Do not forget that stage one baby food is completely pureed and has a watery/smooth consistency and is usually made up of just one ingredient, while the stage 2 baby food is thicker than that of stage 1, and sometimes could be mashed and easily combined with other baby foods. Stage two baby food comprises legumes, meat, and cereal.
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