Ready to move your baby onto the next stage? Check out these easy to make healthy stage 2 baby food purees that your baby will love.
6 Stage-2 Baby Food Purees
These 6 stage-2 baby food purees have been specially tested for you by our Creative Nourish babies. And they loved them.
Full of nutrients, flavor, colors, and different textures, they are the perfect transition from smooth purees to finger food.
You can read more on how to transition to finger foods in our Starting Solids guide here.
When to Start with Stage-2 Baby Food Purees
Once your baby reaches about 7 months, you can introduce more textured purees as well as mixed foods. (I actually started to give my son mixed baby food purees – i.e. multiple foods in the same puree – during month 6, but always in smooth purees.)
This is because at around 7 months of age, your baby’s oral motor skills would have developed sufficiently to manage textured purees.
They are also getting used to regularly eating solid food instead of relying on breastmilk/formula and they should be swallowing food without a problem.
What is a Textured Puree?
A textured baby puree is a baby puree that doesn't have to be smooth but rather will have some visible chunks.
This doesn't mean that those chunks need to be huge. They would ideally not be greater than the size of a pinky fingernail.
Everything should still be soft so that your baby can easily mash the lumps between toothless gums.
What Foods Can I Use in My Baby Food Purees?
Really almost anything you like. With the exception of avoiding some that are not recommended between your baby reaches 1 year of age.
This includes cow's milk, honey, salt, and sugar.
I'd also avoid low-fat products in baby purees as this would reduce your baby's fat intake (which they need plenty of at this age) and may result in excess protein intake.
Also avoid unpasteurized products as well as high mercury fish like tuna, halibut, and grouper.
There are so many other wonderful and delicious foods that you can prepare in your stage-2 baby food purees that there is no need to expose your child to potential toxins at this stage.
Can I Add Some Extra Flavor to My Purees?
In stage-2 baby food purees, you can start to use spices to make meals more interesting. I mainly use cinnamon for fruit and grain purees but also a little vanilla and some herbs like garlic and oregano.
This is probably due to my Mediterranean background, but feel free to use what appeals to you (just avoid salt).
For more about adding spices to baby food - which ones and how much, read here.
Kitchen Tools To Make Your Life Easier
2. Baby Cooker
- Top choice: Beaba 4 in 1
3. Baby Food Storage
4. High Chair
- Top choice: Avanchy Baby Toddler Infant Feeding Bowl
6 Stage-2 Homemade Baby Food Purees
I am team homemade all the way. This doesn't mean that I never serve my kid any store-bought stuff, but I try and prepare homemade meals as often as possible.
And it's doesn't have to be hard.
These 6 stage-2 homemade baby food purees have been tested by my son when he was between 7 and 9 months of age and I have prepared all of them from scratch.
I was at home with my son while also working part-time and taking care of the house and I was able to make these. Because it usually takes 20-30 minutes tops. One nap.
So I'm delighted to share with you these delicious 6 stage-2 baby food purees that will have your baby mastering textures and slowly moving to finger food in no time.
Get creative and use whatever foods you already have at home to make some new puree combinations. You never know what your child will like until they try it! Just make sure to avoid the food from the “under 1-year-old” list as well as unpasteurized and low-fat dairy products.
And be sure to make them really textured stage-2 baby purees by leaving those little bits and pieces for your baby to master. And enjoy mixing and matching different flavors for your little ones! 😀