When do you start your baby on level 3 baby food?

Maria - posted on 06/18/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son has been on level 2 baby food for about 2 almost 3 months now. When do i move him up to level 3? He is almost 8 months old now...

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Rebecca - posted on 06/19/2010

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I think on the Gerber jars (and I'm sure it's on their website) there are guidelines for knowing if your child is ready. They do this for the baby food and for their snacks (biter biscuits, fruit chews, yogurt melts...). It will say something to the effect of "for supported sitters and up", "for sitters and up", "for crawlers", etc. Go to www.gerber.com for more info on that. Also, as Jacqueline said, he will most likely let you know. Of course, on the website those are guidelines and not every child progresses the same. Some babies skip stage 3 and go straight to soft table foods. Mine was eating mashed potatoes and soft cut up fruits around that age.

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Kellie - posted on 06/19/2010

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Great advice Rebecca. Gerber is a great website for all things baby. I would also add asking your ped for some info too. When my daughter went for her very first wellbaby visit the dr. gave me a time table for both formula and food. It was sometime between 9 and 12 months for stage three baby foods. But, my daughter gagged on it. She had a hard time separating the chuncks from the liquid and would "barf" whenever she tried to eat it. After a couple of tries I didn't have the heart to force the issue so she was on all solid foods except for the fruits which came in nice, bite size pieces. She ate a lot of macaroni and cheese, pancakes, mashed potatoes, grilled cheese (undercooked so it would be soft and mushy), perogies, hot dogs (deskinned and practically minced), stuff like that. Your son probably doesn't have any molars yet so all table foods should be very soft and cut up into very small pieces. And for my own peace of mind we put her on Pediasure because her diet wasn't as nutritional as it should have been.

I hope this helped.

Jacqueline - posted on 06/18/2010

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He will probably let you know, usually around 9 months. My daughter got bored with stage 2 and started refusing her solids. I moved her up to stage 3 and now she is on all table food.

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