What's the difference between stage 2 and stage 3 food?

Christina - posted on 11/27/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Is there a difference between, say stage 2 sweet potatos and stage 3 sweet potatos? I am asking because my dr said when introducing a new food wait a week before starting a new one. My guess is it is all the same, but I want to be sure. And I must add that doing this waiting 1 week with a new food, it seems like he will be a year old before he tries all the varieties of baby food...

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Jen - posted on 11/28/2009

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The difference is quantity and chunkiness. However, the sweet potatoes aren't really "chunky" from stage 2 to 3. They are more the consistency of the sweet potatoes you would eat. The squash gets a little "chunky" and corn (but that's a stage 2 as well), but most of them just get more mushy than liquidy in stage 2. I didn't start stage 3 until 9 months and my daughter was on table food at 11.5 months. Also don't think that they have to try all the baby food. He will most likely try something for the first time in it's whole state once he is eating table food.

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I think it's mainly the size of the container for most. Some also have a chunkier consistancy. I never used the stage 3. I just thickened up the stage 2 and then gave bite size pieces of our food. But my daughter also had 4 teeth at 6 months and 8 at 8 months.

Suzie - posted on 04/09/2011

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My daughgter is only just 6 months and I never really give her anything runny/smooth. ie stage 2/3 She has our food everyday and will quite happily sit and eat chili con carne and jacket potato. All un blended. I think if you're confident that your baby can eat it then let them eat it. :)

Suzie - posted on 04/09/2011

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My daughgter is only just 6 months and I never really give her anything runny/smooth. ie stage 2/3 She has our food everyday and will quite happily sit and eat chili con carne and jacket potato. All un blended. I think if you're confident that your baby can eat it then let them eat it. :)

Bekki - posted on 11/28/2009

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Just take into account how many "chewing" teeth they have. By that i mean the molars on the sides and in back. If they don't have those teeth then chunkier foods can still be given depending on what they are.. Their gums are extremely hard and can easily mash the food if they know to chew it so you need to make sure your child knows how to chew before giving substantially chunky foods like stage 3. As long as your child can swish it around and grind with their gums it should be ok but any complex foods shouldn't be given such as meat stick (hot dogs, turkey dogs), hard vegetables, MEATS don't give meats they need teeth to properly grind those foods and since their digestive system isn't build to break down complex foods like that they may get a bowel obstruction from undigested foods clogging their intestines.
Any soft cooked veggies and fruits (by soft cooked i mean you can take a finger and smoosh it. their gums are roughly as hard as your index fingertip) they should be fine. just remember to watch for the chewing.

Lucy - posted on 11/28/2009

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We have done baby led weaning so no purees or mushed up food, Mille has just chewed on table food exactly how we have it from being 6months old when she first started. I was told as long as there is no history of allergies in the family there is no reason to wait when introducing food.

C. - posted on 11/27/2009

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I don't think anyone could have explained it better. That's all it is, is Stage 2 is thinned out more and Stage 3 is thicker and chunkier.

Bekki - posted on 11/27/2009

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Stage 2 foods and stage 3 foods are not the same.

Stage 2 foods are pureed and thinned to a consistency that is appropriate for your childs assumed ability to swallow. Stage three foods are thicker, have more chunks and are more difficult to swallow. Please remember that your childs tummy is itty bitty and usually a few tbsp of food is all they need, their esophagus is also very narrow and tiny. I wouldn't give stage three foods to a child under the listed age on the container as they are very chunky and your child can easily choke.

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