Moving your baby from milk to solids is the first big feeding milestone in your child’s life. We divide it into three baby food stages, below is what those look like, including how and when to advance to each new one.
You’ve mastered your baby’s feeding routine. Whether by breast or bottle, you and your little one are on the same page when it comes to meal time — until, suddenly, their all-liquid diet isn’t enough. The best way to add solids to your baby’s menu is to introduce baby food in stages, starting with smooth purees before gradually moving toward foods with soft pieces.
First Spoons™ is the only company in USA that provides fresh, healthy and wholesome meals with a homemade taste. We provide all you need for the first 1000 days of your child’s ‘learning to eat solid food’ experience to set them up for a healthy start to the rest of their lives!
*Note the stages we talk about are very individual, so read carefully and note that where you are at each stage may vary. Always talk with your pediatrician before ordering from First Spoons™.
*Tip! If your little one is hesitant about new foods, try feeding them when they are happy, as children are more receptive to learn new patterns if they are not tired or cranky.
*94% of moms stop trying introducing new flavours to their babies after only 4 tries. Don’t give up! It is scientifically proven that it takes 6-10 feeding attempts for children from 6-13 months old take to new foods.
Stage 1 (4 month to 10 months)
First Spoons™ ‘Singles’ are the first type of baby foods you should offer. Food is offered in the form of finely ground (homogeneous) purees with a soft and smooth consistency.
If your pediatrician gives you the green light at this age to start weaning, keep in mind that breast milk and/or formula are still the most important “food” to feed your baby.
At this point, solids given should be classified as first tastes. Your child’s first bites of food are an incredible opportunity for both learning and creating good habits! We’ve create 9 ‘Single’ vegetable and fruit purees, including butternut squash, sweet potatoes, apples, broccoli and more. These are bursting with Vitamins A, C, and iron. The program gives your baby the key nutrition they need to thrive during this period of rapid growth. We recommend you introduce foods on an “allergy schedule,” which means only one new item at a time.
After 6 months babies need greater variety and combinations of solid foods (note that the mother’s milk is also not as nutritious at this stage). This is the time to introduce ‘Healthy Mix’ purees to your child’s diet. New vegetables and fruits are strategically added to the already familiar ones. These combinations, including Carrots mixed with Sweet potatoes and Parsnip, or Apples and Pears, incorporate exciting new textures and tastes.
Stage 2 (10 months to 18 months)
Stage 2 meals are either mashed or pulsed. They introduce new textures, and may also have more bits and chunks of meats or veggies and generally, the food becomes more complex.
These meals help your baby safely transition to table food. No single food will provide your child with all their key nutrients, and variety is the key. It’s also important that your baby starts to feed themselves at this stage. This is one reason we are very against pouches, as your child should develop their motor skills and learn how to chew.
At this Stage we begin introducing our Healthy Snacks as finger food (BLW) or as a small snack between meals.
Stage 3 (18 months to 48 months)
Did you know that 80% of brain growth for life happens by age of 3? We are what we eat, and your child’s future is literally built and fueled by the nutrition they receive via feed.
Food habits imprint into children during the first 34 months of their lives, when their tastes form for life. It’s important to introduce them to a healthy variety now, as later their adaptability to new things decreases dramatically. Nearly all of your baby’s nutrients should come from solids by this stage. Their meals should echo yours ,except the food should be designed with specific nutritional needs in mind and should be mashed, chopped or small diced. They should also have appropriate amounts of salt and sugar, which is much lower than that of typical adult food or that at restaurants. Their stomachs are still very small at this stage, as well.
Our menus for children over 18 months of age consist of 2 meals and a Healthy Snack per day. These can be timed in a way that’s suitable to your family schedule .