Stage 1 Baby Food- Everything You Need To Know

Stage 1 Baby Food

What is stage 1 baby food? What is the stage 1 baby food age? I am going to answer these questions and everything else’s you need to know!

These are pretty common questions we mothers ask after having our first child. With there being four stages of baby food it can be pretty confusing of knowing which stage your baby’s on. My post is pretty simple and straight to the point. So let’s begin…….

Stage 1  Baby Food

What Is Stage 1 Baby Food?

Stage 1 baby foods are single-ingredient baby foods that have a thin consistency of fruits or vegetables. They offer babies new tastes and textures that are different from breastmilk and formula. With stage 1, the purees only have one ingredient because it recommended you introduce them slowly with one new taste and texture at a time. Use that same ingredient for 3-5 days and then move on to another one for them to try.

The reason for only introducing one flavor at a time is to beware of allergic reactions. Allergic reactions include diarrhea, vomiting, or rashes. If your baby develops any of these stop that ingredient and call your pediatrician.

Stage 1 Baby Food Age

Typically for babies between 4 to 6 months. However, experts recommend closer to six months because babies start losing iron that was stored during pregnancy. It’s crucial that babies don’t lose this iron because it’s extremely important for brain development. Whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding they both contain iron. However, when they start approaching 6 months they can no longer contain iron from breastmilk or formula. Another reason is that their intestines still lack many digestive enzymes and introducing babies to solids before 4 months has been associated with excessive weight gain. Which can cause complications in preschool and on up.

With that being said, there’s no set-in-stone rule of when babies are ready to start solids. Your baby will get plenty of nutrition from breast milk or formula for over 6 months. Every baby is different and some might not be ready till 7 or 8 months.

Here is a stage chart I have created to give you a concept of the difference between stages and an idea of when you can start the next stage.

Please let me know if you notice any mistakes in my chart by emailing me at

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  • 3 Fruits (2 Banana, 2 Pear, and 2 apple)
  • 3 Vegtables (2 Carrot, 2 Green Bean and 2 Sweet Potatoe)
  • 12 Tubs Total
  • With a Step-By-Step Guide On Stage One Food

Examples Of Stage 1 Baby Food

  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Butternut Squash
  • Applesauce
  • Pureed Meats (chicken and turkey)
  • Pumpkin
  • Grains
  • Rice Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Barley
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Peaches
  • Pears

Make sure baby food has a thin runny consistency.

Signs Your Baby Is Ready For Solids

Sitting Up On Their Own

Pay close attention to any developmental and social signals. One of the major signs is that your baby starts paying attention to what others are eating. They start opening their mouths or leaning forward if food is offered. This is how you know solid foods have piqued their interest.

Make sure before you start feeding your babies solids they can sit up with no support, they can hold their head up with no wobble, will start having more feedings in a day (over 10) and they can take a spoon without pushing it away with their tongue. This is an involuntary moment that they will tend to do until about 4 months. In other words, your baby is accepting the food off the spoon and swallowing it. Stares

Is Your Baby Ready?

  • Can he/she hold their head up on their own with no wobble?
  • Sit up with no support?
  • Stares at you and others while eating?
  • Starting to want to eat more then 10 times a day?
  • Accepting a spoon and not pushing it away with their tongue?

What is stage 1 baby food?
Your Baby Should Be Happy Before Introducing Something New

Tips On Introducing Solids:

  • Start small
  • Wait till your baby is happy and not tired or fussy
  • Start with some breastmilk or formula first- helps insure they dont immediatly reject it by starting with something familiar. Also helps to make sure their in a better mood if their hungry at the time.
  • Have a little fun, put a little on their tray for them to examine and play with and let them get familiar with it first.
  • Then see if they will open their mouth, and put a little dab on their tongue. If they accept it and swollow it give them some more.
  • You can try this up to 3 times a day until they fully accept it.

Your baby should be drinking anywhere from 4-8 ounces of breastmilk/formula every 4 to 5 hours. There are several suggestions on how to introduce your baby to solids. None of which are the right or wrong way, whatever works best for you and your baby is the right way.

Introducing Rice Cereal Or Oatmeal

However, most parents choose rice cereal as their baby’s first solid because it’s high in iron and has a bland smooth texture. With rice cereal, you also mix it with breast milk or formula so they’re getting double nutritional benefits.

Don’t be worried if your baby doesn’t accept rice cereal or solids right away. It took 3-4 attempts for my baby to start accepting the different textures of cereal. She would take it off the spoon and into her mouth and then spit it out, every time. I introduced her at 5 in a half months and she was finally eating it every day at 6 months exactly.

Typical Portion Sizes

Breastmilk/formula is still the most important meal for your baby and will continue to be till they are 12 months old.

Babys 4-6 months should be consuming 6-8 ounces of formula/breastmilk 4-6 times daily and 1 to 2 tablespoons of stage 1 baby food or infant cereal.

Babys 6-8 months should consume 6-8 ounces of formula/breastmilk 3-5 times daily and 2-4 tablespoons cereal or stage 1 baby food.

Stage 1 Baby Food-Conclusion

However, I did learn that it’s not about what they should be doing at that age or stage; it’s about if they’re ready. So that was the most critical advice I got being a mother.

Every baby is different, and every baby will go at their own pace, and there is no reason to rush them. When they are ready, they will send you signals and signs that will let you know. It does not make you a bad parent.

Thanks for reading this. I hope this helps answer your questions. I have placed my site map below with links to my other post. Please take a look! If you have any questions please leave them in the comment box or feel free to contact me by email.

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