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Up until your baby reached 8 to 10 months of age, your options for baby food consisted mostly of thin or thick purées. Now that your child is a little older and has mastered his or her hand-eye coordination, finger dexterity and swallowing skills, he or she can move on to both finger foods and chunky baby food.

Transitioning to Stage 3 baby food will open your child up to a world of possibilities and will offer your little munchkin the chance to have a little more independence at mealtime. 

One word of caution though, even though your baby can eat finger foods now, make sure you don't feed your child any foods that could potentially cause choking, such as hot dogs, whole nuts, whole grapes, raw baby carrots, hard candies, or any other hard foods that could get lodged in your child's throat. Food should still be soft and cut up into small pieces.

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To make the transition to Stage 3 baby food a little easier on you, we've compiled a list of seven easy and delicious Stage 3 baby food recipes that are sure to make both you and your baby happy.

1. Roasted Cauliflower with Tumeric from The Bump

While cauliflower might not be the first vegetable that jumps to mind when you think of feeding your baby, this recipes gives the standard side dish a unique twist by roasting the cauliflower and seasoning it with turmeric. 

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2. Sweet Potatoe Scramble from The Bump

Sweet potatoes are both delicious and highly nutritious, but this recipe takes it up a notch by adding eggs to the mix, giving this recipe a healthy dose of protein.

3. Baby Pasta Bolognese from Red Kitchenette  

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Everyone, including babies, loves pasta. It's hearty, delicious, and oh so satisfying, but sometimes, it's not that nutritious. This yummy and fun recipe includes both tasty and nutritious elements that are sure to make everyone smile.

4. Avocado and Apple and Banana Popsicles

Everyone knows that avocados are the perfect food for your growing baby, but if you're looking for a new way to incorporate this super food into your child's diet, try this fun and unique recipe.

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5. Banana Blueberry Fritters from Healthy Little Foodies

This healthy, simple and delicious recipe is perfect for your child if he likes to eat and run (crawl, scooch, etc.).  

 6. Creamy Pasta with Peas

This slight variation of a classic dish is a simple, tasty, and sure-to-please recipe for the youngest member of your family.

7. Porridge Fingers from Healthy Little Foodies

These porridge fingers couldn't be easier to make, but they're also nutritious and have multiple recipe variations to make everyone happy. They're a perfect option for families on the go.

These recipes are a great place to start when trying to decide what Stage 3 baby foods to make for your baby, but the options are endless. The options are as big and creative as your imagination. Happy feeding!



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Elizabeth Vale

Elizabeth Vale is a freelance writer and editor. Her work has been featured at The Palm Beach Post, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Rare, AOL and The Redbud Post. Although she is a proud native Texan, Elizabeth now lives in South Florida with her husband and four children. If she isn’t writing, you can find her drinking an endless glass of iced coffee, reading a book or taking a road trip with her whole family in tow.

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