18 Stage 3 Baby Food Recipes (Easy, Delicious + Homemade)
These 18 Stage 3 Baby Food Recipes are easy to make, delicious for baby to eat and completely homemade! They are combination purees with soft chunks that will get baby ready for the next stage – finger foods. Great for babies 9-12 months.
Stage 3 Baby Food Recipes
You’ve almost made it👏!
Baby (and you) have mastered the single-ingredient stage 1 baby purees🎓, rocked the combo purees like it was no big thang 👊 and now baby is ready for the next stage in their eating adventures.
Get ready for Stage 3 Baby Food!
Stage 3, or Chunky Purees, is the last stop of the puree culinary adventure for baby – the next phase is finger foods.
What is Stage 3 Baby Food you ask me? Well, put simply, Stage 3 baby foods are a puree with small chewable chunks inside. Having small manageable chunks in a puree gets baby ready for finger foods by having them explore similar tastes that they are used to but with completely different texture profiles.
Baby has to learn how to move the chunks around their little mouths, how to “chew” (or really gnaw) at those chunks and finally they have to learn to swallow them without gagging or chocking. It’s a sensory and exploratory practice that takes some time, but trust me baby will learn how to do all of these things in no time at all.
Reasons to Love these Homemade Stage 3 Purees
- nutrient dense
- full of whole grains – millet, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, etc
- great ideas for breakfast, lunch and dinners
- can be made slightly chunky or really chunky depending on where baby is at with this stage of purees
- baby doesn’t have to have teeth for these chunky purees – they will be able to gnaw at any of these chunks with their gums
When can you introduce baby to stage 3 purees?
You can introduce Stage 3 purees to baby around 9 months of age. You will want baby to have had a great deal of practice eating smooth combination purees before you serve them chunky purees.
What is Stage 3 Baby Foods?
Stage 3 baby foods are a thick puree with soft chewable pieces of food inside.
What is the difference between Stage 2 and Stage 3 Baby Foods?
The only difference between Stage 2 and Stage 3 baby food is that Stage 3 baby foods are slightly more chunky than Stage 2 purees. Traditionally, Stage 3 baby foods are meant to be be the last step in the puree process before you start baby on finger foods. You are basically getting baby ready to be able to eat finger foods by showing them a different texture of food that they then have to learn how to “chew” and swallow.
You can make any homemade Stage 2 baby food puree into a Stage 3 baby food simply by not blending the produce into a smooth puree. Instead you want to blitz the produce in a blender or food processor until it is combined with small “pea” size chunks of food in it.
Why are Stage 3 Baby Foods Important?
Stage 3 baby foods are important because they will help teach baby what to do with small chunks of food in their mouths, how to move the chunks around their mouth, how to “chew” these chunks as well as how to swallow them. This stage is important because you are exposing them to a ton of different textures and taste sensations.
Can you do Finger Foods and Stage 3 Purees at the Same Time?
Yes, you can start finger foods at any age! This stage is all about texture and taste exploration, so the more you introduce to them now, the easier it will be for them when they start eating table foods. You can read my Ultimate Guide to Finger Foods for more information .
How to Make Stage 3 Purees
Below you will find 18 of our favorite advanced combinations that have soft chewable chunks inside.
You can also make any stage 1 or Stage 2 Baby Food into a Stage 3 food! It’s simple, after you cook your favorite recipe you can simply transfer the cook produce, grains and/or meat into a food processor or blender and pulse in 5-10 second intervals until the produce is blended and chopped into small pieces. I have found that a food processor works best for making chunky purees, but a blender will also work. For best results in a blender, you will want stir the food in the blender after each pulsing interval.
Items You Need to Make and Serve Stage 3 Purees
If you have any more questions about Stage 3 Baby Food scroll down 👇 to the comment section and ask away.
Also, I wanna know, what was your baby’s favorite Stage 3 Puree?