stage 1 foods

Simple baby foods provides a list of the best foods for weaning your baby from 4 to 8 months of age. Fruits, vegetables, grains and proteins!

Stage 1 foods are for babies between from 4-8 months old. Breast milk and/or formula are still the most important nutrition your baby will receive. Stage 1 foods consistency is finely pureed or mashed. Salt and sugar should never be introduced to be a baby in the first year.

4-6 months old

early weaning

If your pediatrician gives you the green light at this age to start weaning, keep in mind that breast milk and/or formula are still the most important "food" to feed him. At this point, solids given should be classified as first tastes. We also recommend you introduce foods on an "allergy schedule", which is to introduce a new food every four days, and only one new food at a time. Once you have introduced a food, feel free to mix different combinations of fruits, veggies & cereals together! Always consult the advice of your pediatrician.

foods to introduce:

cereals & grains:   rice, barley, oat

fruits:   apples, pears, avocado, banana 

  • avocado & banana do not freeze well. Don't forget to pick these up from the store and mash into a fine puree adding breast milk or water. This is easy for any parent to manage and will only take 1 minute!

vegetables:   butternut squash, sweet potatoes, green beans

6-8 months old

Unless you have a baby with a history of allergies, introducing a new food every 2-3 days should be fine. Once you have introduced a food, feel free to mix different combinations of fruits, veggies & cereals together! Always consult the advice of your pediatrician.

foods to introduce:

cereals & grains:   rice, barley, oat

fruits:  apples, pears, peaches, mango, plums, nectarines, prunes, pumpkin, apricot, avocado, banana

  • avocado & banana do not freeze well.   Don't forget to pick these up from the store and mash into a fine puree adding breast milk or water.    Also, we recommend introducing mango near the end of stage 1 weaning

vegetables:   butternut squash, sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, peas, zucchini, parsnips, potato, broccoli, cauliflower

  • we recommend introducing broccoli & cauliflower near the end of stage 1 weaning

protein:   chicken, turkey, tofu

  • if you started weaning your child at 6 months, we recommend waiting to introduce a few fruits & vegetables to get your child used to eating before introducing protein.   As protein generally has a stronger taste

dairy:   plain whole milk yogurt

  • we recommend waiting until at least 7 months before introducing yogurt