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What's the differenc between 1st,2nd,and 3rd foods for babies and how will i know when my baby is ready for 2nd foods.

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:44 PM on Jan. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Why not just make your own baby food??
    It's very easy to mash up your own bananas, peas, carrots, squash, etc...
    And how you'll know is by listening to and watching your baby.. If baby seems ready for more texture, then just mash things a little bit less..

    Answer by Liyoness at 8:47 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • Stage 2 is thicker than Stage 1, and Stage 3 is thicker and may be chunky (depending on what is it) than Stage 2.

    If your baby seems to be tolerating Stage 1 foods well, and has been for a couple of months, introduce 1 new Stage 2 food and see how it goes.

    I started Stage 1 foods at 5-6 months, then moved to Stage 2 at 7-9 months, then moved to Stage 3 foods.

    Answer by .Peaches. at 8:48 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • Oh and I forgot to add that Stage 2 and 3 foods are blends of different fruits/veggies/meats, whereas Stage 1 is a single fruit/veggie/meat.

    And if you're going to make your own baby foods, make sure you use them within 24-48 hours after making, because homemade babyfoods don't have the preservatives that jarred foods have to keep them fresher, longer. You can always freeze whatever you're not going to use and thaw it for later use, though.

    Answer by .Peaches. at 8:49 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • stage 2 is for babies who can sit up on their own. stage 3 is for babies who can crawl with their tummies off the floor.

    you can look at the Gerber website and they will tell you the difference.

    Answer by myangel21 at 8:51 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • Stage 1 is smaller jars and single ingredients only.
    Stage 2 is the same as stage one, but bigger jars and combos are available (it is NOT thicker)
    Stage 3 just has added chunks (creating a possible choking hazard according to our pediatrician) and is nothing more than a market ploy to get more money from parents.

    We never did stage 1. It was more cost effective to buy one stage 2 jar and split it between two meals. We started baby food at 5 months and started introducing finger and table foods at 6 months. By 9 months they were each on all table foods.

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 9:03 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

  • Be careful if you choose to make your own food like liyoness suggested. Things like carrots, beats and a few other things have harmful nitrates that can cause anemia in infants and the baby food companies can detect them and use foods that don't have them. Also depending on how soon you start your baby on peas you'd have to peel each individual pea. I think making your own baby food is great if you have the patience, but just do it right and be careful.

    Stage1-supported sitter
    Stage2-independent sitter
    Stage 3-crawler
    Stage 4- beginning to walk

    I think the stage system is smart because not every baby develops equally by age. Some may be slower and others quicker.

    Answer by julipickle at 10:16 PM on Jan. 24, 2009

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