Friday, March 8, 2013

Stage 3 Foods

Hey mamas and papas!

The weathermen were so clearly wrong with their forecasting! They said I was going to get 1-3 inches, well I nearly crashed coming home last night and we are on about 6 inches and I see no sign of stopping.

I am going to answer a question here that I got asked recently and that is about transitioning between the "stages". Commercial baby food is grouped by stage, ranging from smoothest and thinnest, to chunky and thick. This allows babies to get used to textures. The question being how do I transition my child when I am making my own food.

I am going to focus on "Stage 3" foods because that was the actual question. I found that the food processor became my friend when I needed to add texture to my son's food. You have a lot more control over texture.
Also, a great little tool that you all have already... wait for it... thats right a fork. Mash your babies food up with a fork or a potato masher.

Do not use as much liquid when thinning. Add a very little amount.

Be prepared for your baby to gag when you are adding texture to their food, it is their natural way of protecting themselves from choking. That is why it is best to introduce texture slowly. Start by pulsing it a little less than normal, and eventually leading up to a thick chunky puree, and eventually non puree food. When you are starting stage 3 foods you can with the approval of your doctor begin to introduce cheerios and puffs (they melt in their mouth)

A mashed up banana is great first stage three food because it is soft, there is little choking hazard and you have the ability to make it "chunky" or creamy, as desired. 

Mashed potatoes come in great here as well. You can add things like ground beef, peas, carrots, broccoli, really anything and it will add texture but give your baby the ability to get use to the texture slowly. 

Here are some of my recipes that I think are great stage three recipes to try with your little one:

The First Peas
Chicken Pot Pie

Also a great thing to start doing is to give baby a little bit of what you are eating. Follow your baby's cue. as you introduce table foods you are going to see how much of a change your baby's pallet will go through, but remember a little at a time. If you go too quickly then they will refuse food all together.


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