Your baby has graduated to stage 2 and your going to see that your baby is going to start to eat different combinations of foods and things that really look good to your baby, but maybe not to you, but has some interesting and good nutritional value. Now a quick word about what stage 2 means, if your baby started solids at 4 months and was in stage 1 for about 2 to 3 months your stage 2 will start at about, let me think 4 + 2 okay 6 to 7 months. If your baby starting eating solids at 6 months, on the other hand, your baby likely will be in this stage 2 at about 8 to 9 months of age. Okay, so what does stage 2 mean? Basically, at this stage, your baby can start to eat thicker foods that are strained rather than just pureed. And with respect to those foods that you have introduced for 3 to 4 days at a time and you know that your baby hasn’t had any adverse reactions nor any allergic reactions you can start to now mixing these foods in very interesting and different types of ways. And I’ve got some really good examples of all this out here for you guys. Here are some of the baby foods that I love that are now on the market and it’s just really fascinating to see what people are doing and the funky little combinations that baby food manufacturers are creating for all of our babies to enjoy. So here’s one example, I just think this is so funny when I saw it I was like “that is such a good idea” broccoli and apple! Who would have thought of such a thing? This did not exist 7 years ago, but again it’s part of this larger food movement where people think you can have vegetables with fruit and babies really start to like it.
Earth’s Best is a great choice and here’s an organic, fruit and whole grain combination. That’s another thing about stage 2 you really can be safely mixing different types of fruits again along with your cereals. Okay, so just a quick word about a couple of things that you need to keep in mind as you make this transition from stage 1 to stage 2. My doctor told me to stay away from fish, eggs, and nuts until after the first year because these foods can cause allergic reactions. He also said no cow’s milk until the first year and stay away from honey because that can be a source of bacteria. A quick word about fish, some people do actually think that it is okay to give babies fish at this stage as long as the fish is not high in mercury such as swordfish or shellfish. So check with your doctor about that, you can give a pureed fish if your doctor agrees, and its something you’re dying to do, but not something I worried about it at this stage. Another interesting thing, yogurt, I actually love yogurt and yogurt is a great stage 2 food to give to your baby. Whereas with whole milk you should probably wait, and your doctor will tell you this until your baby is 12 months old. Okay so moving along here on stage 2, let’s talk about making your own food if you’re so inclined.
You can really come up with some really fun combos- apple, pear, sweet potato — spinach, sweet potato with chicken — pasta with yogurt and peas — rice with bananas and apples- oatmeal with peach and plum, you get the picture, all smooth medley’s at this point folks, don’t rush it. It sounds weird and looks strange but trust me, she will gobble it up. I’m going to show you how when I have the time I make some of my own food –steaming these vegetables until they’re soft, boiling the meat, and then throwing them into the blender or a food processor and then freezing in small quantities in small glass containers. Remember to put the date on; I use a piece of blue tape or a little sticker from a file.
I would try to keep these frozen for no more than two weeks to 1 month and once defrosted I would use within a day, fresh is best. When I’m ready to use I take out the night before and give to the baby the next day and then I throw it out. You could probably keep for a wee bit more, but this is what I’m comfortable with. So that’s about it for stage 2, you’ve graduated from stage 1 and the foods are a little bit thicker, and you can have these medleys that we’ve gone through. Best of luck giving these foods to your baby and see you next time!