Feeding Your Baby Solid Foods At Every Stage

This website and book has organized recipes for babies in a manner that is not traditional.  Rather than separate recipes and foods into the traditional stages, the recipes are categorised as:

First Foods - Great Single Ingredient Dishes

Second Foods - Fruit and Veggie Combinations

Third Foods - Recipes for Fingers, Spoons and Plates

Breaking out foods into charts according to stages is a great way to give parents some ideas of what foods may be good to start with and what foods to progress with.  Please visit the Starting Solids page to learn more about beginning the journey into solid foods and the reasons why certain foods are better at different ages and stages.

Always consult with your baby's pediatrician about starting solid foods and other health issues; not all babies will be starting solid foods or eating the same foods at the same time.


Stage One (a): Four to Six Months Beginners

Grains: rice, oatmeal

Fruits: apples, avocados, peaches, pears, bananas, plums

Vegetables: butternut (winter) squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin

Dairy: None

Stage One (b): Six to Eight Months

Grains and Seeds: rice, oatmeal, barley, kamut, flax, quinoa

Fruits: apples, avocados, apricots, bananas, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, nectarines, pears, peaches, plums

Vegetables: butternut or any winter squash, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, peas, legumes (such as lentils, kidney beans, butter beans, etc.), parsnips, pumpkin, white potatoes, zucchini and summer squash

Dairy: yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese (no soft cheeses such as Brie until after twelve months)

Meats & Proteins: egg yolk, chicken, beef, pork, salmon, cod, tofu

Herbs & Spices: cinnamon, vanilla, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, mint

Stage Two: Eight to Ten Months

Grains: rice, oatmeal, barley, kamut, flax, wheat, pasta, amaranth, quinoa

Fruits: apples, avocados, bananas, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, mango, kiwifruit, nectarines, pear, peaches, plums

Vegetables: asparagus, beets, broccoli, butternut or any winter squash, cauliflower, carrots, corn, green beans, sweet potatoes, peas, legumes (such as lentils, kidney beans, butter beans, etc.), parsnips, white potatoes, spinach, kale and other leafy greens, zucchini and summer squash

Dairy: yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese (no soft cheeses such as Brie until after twelve months)

Meats/Fish/Protein: eggs, chicken, beef, pork, salmon, cod, tofu

Herbs & Spices: cinnamon, vanilla, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, mint and any spice that you wish to use, even curry or "hot" spices; use your judgement and moderation.

Stage Three: Ten Months and Older

Grains and Seeds: Any. Continue to watch for digestive upsets and allergic reactions.

Fruits: Any including citrus and strawberries. Continue to watch for digestive upsets and allergic reactions.

Vegetables: Any, continue to watch for digestive upsets.

Dairy: yogurt, cottage cheese, sour cream, cheese (no soft cheeses such as Brie until after twelve months)

Meats/Fish/Protein: Any, but no shellfish or crustaceans until after twelve months of age or when your baby’s pediatrician tells you that these are okay to feed to your baby.

Herbs & Spices: cinnamon, vanilla, basil, rosemary, oregano, thyme, mint and any spice that you wish to use, even curry or "hot" spices; use your judgement and moderation.