When to start stage 2 foods??

Crystal - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone! When did you or when do we start stage 2 foods. My son has mastered all the stage1 and has been on them for about 2 months now. I'm thinking it's time.....what do you guys think??

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Leslie - posted on 06/18/2011

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We've been on stage 1 foods for roughly two months or so. We just tried a stage 2 jar of pears and she ate it with no problems. My only concern is she's not sitting up unsupported yet - she certainly gets excited when you get the food out and ready but.. yeah. I dunno.

Jessica - posted on 02/17/2010

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they say stage 2 is for babies about 6 months but i started giving them to my daughter when she was like 4-5 months and now im slowly starting 3rd stage because she is starting to feed herself finger foods although she has no teeth and she does fine she is 7 months old

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Stephanie - posted on 03/07/2014

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if your son or daughter is eating more then the stage one or 2 jar its time to move up from stage one to stage 2 so on and so forth

April - posted on 02/04/2014

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My son is 4 1/2 months but pushing 20 pounds, been on stage 1 for a month and I'm ready to venture to stage 2, I think it all depends on the baby if they are ready. Each is different and ready at different times. Trust your motherly instinct and give it a try, if they aren't ready you'll know and if they are then you were right :) good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 06/26/2013

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my doc for my son said do not skip giving the fruits and iv read people whio have never hd a fruit int ehre life becuse of it always mix it up fruits and vegies then stage 2 meats and what not

Anna - posted on 09/07/2011

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a lot of the stage 2 foods are the same as stage 1 but bigger jars. I loved the stage two oatmeal and fruit blends, my son would stay fuller longer and he totally liked the taste and texture.

Lisa - posted on 02/20/2010

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We started on stage 2 foods (bought them on accident) and she has done really well so we just skipped stage one. However, we have only done vegetables, not any fruits yet so we are just a little different :)

Angel - posted on 02/20/2010

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Start them now my son was born juky 27th and he has been on them since he was 4 months

Allison - posted on 02/17/2010

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I would do the switch if I were you. Sounds like you have been on stage 1 for a long time and i'm sure your son is ready now. I only did stage 1 for i think a month. He loves stage 2. I don't know when to switch to stage 3!, these foods just seem to not be enough for him. He acts like he can have more than the 3.5 oz in the containers, but I am scared to give him more. So I was wondering when to switch him to stage 3.

Jacey - posted on 02/02/2010

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i have never used stage 1 foods. only because when i went to the store there wasn't any so i decided to try the stage 2 and my son took to it fine, especially mixed with cereal. a couple of the mixed ones like peaches banana and oatmeal are too thick and i'll only give them mixed with cereal. now he's pretty much mastered stage 2 minus meats so when i finish those we'll get to stage 3. it's def. time for you to switch if your son's mastered all the stage ones :] plus stage 2's have more variety.

Alexandria - posted on 02/01/2010

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my son is on stage 2 and he likes the variety that they offer
he is 6 1/2 months and only been on stage 2 for about a month

Kristen - posted on 01/30/2010

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I know egg yolk is ok at 6 months but it's recommended to stay away from the whites for a while because there is a higher risk of allergic reaction to them. and I only did the stage 1 foods for a while because my daughter doesn't eat a lot at one time, it's more little bits throughout the day so i didn't want to wast any. But it's true not all babies need to bother with stage one, all depends on the kid.

Ellen - posted on 01/29/2010

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I started my son on stage 2 foods last week.. he hates the meat (chicken, turkey). he just spits it right out. He loves the Mac n Cheese. Should I keep trying to feed him meat? or wait a few weeks?

Glenda - posted on 01/28/2010

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My baby girl is now 6 months and on stage 3! She loves to chew the little bits in the food! but it's always good to make your own food for them too!

Lynda - posted on 01/28/2010

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Oh my son is 6 mths old today and loves cereals, carrots, sweet potatoes, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, apple sauce and yet of course his milk!!

Lynda - posted on 01/28/2010

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I actually make my own baby food!! It's cheap and easy to do! Squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples, bananas, strawberries, you name it you can do it! Just use a blender to chop it up well enough that there is no chunks in it! Some of the chunkier foods like broccoli, etc. perhaps would be a stage 2, or turkey stew pureed!! You can pick up few ice cube trays and put food in them until frozen then separate into baggies!! Works great!! Good luck!!

Syd - posted on 01/28/2010

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i went n seen a health nurse n got told at 6 mths they should start having lumpy food so when they r 8 mths they can have carrot sticks ect hope tht helps =)

Mallisa - posted on 01/28/2010

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i am on WIC, and they started solids at 6 months, but the stores i went to only had stage 2 foods and up so thats what he started on... now i read this and think oops... but he did fine starting solids and loves it.

Susan - posted on 01/28/2010

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I don't think we really did stage 1 foods, briefly I guess but Liam quickly moved to real foods with texture and he loves to try out new tastes. He resisted some of the heavier textures at first but he's starting to like them now. We have yet to try custard because I thought they could not have the eggs? Any advice for when to try custard and yogurt? I have seen some recipes for 6-9 months but am fearful to try them until I know he's ready.

Kristen - posted on 01/28/2010

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My daughter just turned 6 months old on Tuesday and I just started her on Stage 2 foods.. It's pretty much the same thing as stage 1 just a little more of it. It depends on your kid, if they are eating stage 1 no problem and are still a little hungry then upgrading might not be a bad idea. Just make sure they are getting enough formula/breast milk because it' said that formula/breast milk is their main source of nutrition for the first year.

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Mine has been on stage 2 since the end of her 5th month. Our pediatrician says stage 3 is a gimmick, and don't worry about rushing to it bc some kids don't like the texture. My 2 yr old liked stage 3, so which ever. Stage 2 has some great new flavors. Our 6mo old eats 3 times for baby food a day. Cereal and fruit for mid morn, Veg for mid afternoon, and a jar cereal mixture for late evening. I may try and alternate veg/cereal for late night.

Jenifer - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter mastered all the stage 1 foods and has tried a lot of the stage 2 foods. There are certain stage 2 foods that are really thick or have a different texture that she will gag on but does good on most of the stage 2 foods.

Joel - posted on 01/27/2010

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i started my daughter started stage 2 food the day she turned 6 months so in my opinion 6 months is a good age. but on the jar it says stage 2 food is for sitters.

Alisha - posted on 01/27/2010

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I was told stage 2 can be introduced once your baby can sit by himself without support.

Amber - posted on 01/27/2010

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Well on most baby food jars it will say when to start each stage. Like for stage 2 it's when they sit up on their own, unsupported. =)

Sarah - posted on 01/27/2010

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My doc said that how you can tell if they are ready for thicker foods is by their gag reflex. If they gag on it, then they aren't ready but if they don't they'll do fine with it. When I started giving my 6 month old stage 2 foods I put a little water in it (it was still thicker then stage 1) and gradually added less and less water, so she could get used to it.

Stefanie - posted on 01/26/2010

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My daughter is 6 months & I just took her in for her check up & her doctor said as long as she did ok with all the stage one foods I could start her on stage two. She loves them : )

Danielle - posted on 01/26/2010

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My LO has started on stage 3 today. She's standing, cruising, crawling hands and knees, and totatlly ready. My advice follow his/her readiness cues.

Melissa - posted on 01/26/2010

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My doctor told me on my sons last apt (jan 14) to start him on stage 2 foods. As long as they mastered all stage 1 then its no problem. Stage 2 foods are just a TAD bit thicker but barely at all.

Hayley - posted on 01/26/2010

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as long as your son is 6 months i think its fine to start 2nd stage. It's not until 6months that babys stomach will handle things like custard as this has carbs in it which is harder for baby to digest and apparently studies have shown this can lead to stomach ulcers later on if their tummy isn't strong enough.

Jessica - posted on 01/25/2010

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we never did 1st foods.......started with the 2nds. and i add rice cereal to that, too.

Tuesday - posted on 01/25/2010

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see if he is ready. Its more texture then anything eals i was told stage 3 is useless becuz u can just have them on mashed real food. there is more texture as the stages go up and babies find them funny

Shannon - posted on 01/25/2010

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My son is already on stage 2 foods and has been for a little while now just because they are thicker and he keeps them down better...He is also on the WIC program and they just gave him stage 2 foods this past month but you start it on your own time some babies aren't ready as early as others...I say if he has mastered all the stage 1 foods than go ahead and try some of the stage 2 foods...I'm sure he will do fine with them

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