Stage 1 Baby Foods


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Hello Mamas!

Once you’ve determined that your baby is ready for solids, you will begin to give your baby Stage 1 baby foods. You can either buy them from the store or consider making homemade baby food at this stage. Here, I provide an easy, stress-free, and fun guide to beginning this amazing stage in your baby’s life!

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What are Stage 1 Baby foods?

Although we use the term “solids”, these first baby foods are really just liquidy, soupy types of foods that are very easy for a young baby to swallow. So the names “solids” is a bit of a misnomer, and there is nothing really “solid” about baby solid foods because they should be so liquidy that you can almost drink them. Stage 1 pureed foods include single fruit and vegetable purees, and different types of single-grain baby cereal, most often a rice. For more tips on introducing solid foods and making them at home, keep watching!

What Stage 1 baby foods did you opt for to start, and what did your baby prefer? Please add your comments below – I would love to hear your stories!

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  • frosh

    Love this show… so easy to follow!

  • Walkersmom

    you are like a life saver! I love these shows. my baby is now 4 mos and my ped to start with a spoon and i was excited but nervous. Thanks for all your advice Melissa!

    • Thank you so much! Hearing that makes it all worthwhile! xo Melissa

    • Thanks so much, Mercedes! Appreciate that so so much! xo Melissa

      • dana

        Quick question about solids, my son is 5 months & we are getting ready to start him on solids and I was wondering what the real pros & cons were to starting him with cereal or going straight to veggies & fruit? My doctor told me to avoid the rice cereal since there were some scares about tainted rice, so we would start with oatmeal. If we do start with cereal, how long do we need to stay with it before starting veggies & fruit. Thanks so much for all of your helpful videos!!

        • HI Dana! I think traditionally, everyone started with cereals and now things have really opened up with alot of folks saying don’t overdo the starch to begin with (because kids tend to depend too much on starch) try to get that diversity of fruits and veggies in there to begin with. One thing you can do is make your fruit or veggie the “base” and then sprinkle in a bit of cereal and pumped milk or formula and that can make for a nice, full meal – that way you get the nutrients from the cereal and the baby is getting different foods. But I do think that many doctors are saying now that you can start with single food fruits and veggies and don’t need to start with cereal as it was in the old days!!! Good luck!! xxo M

  • Ana Triana

    Can you add salt to the food?
    Great website cloud mom.
    thank you

    • So glad you like it! I would say not to worry about the salt! Probably better that they don’t have too much!

  • My baby is 4 months old and starting he with fruity porridge she is pushing the porridge out with her tounge is she ready ?