Monday, October 26, 2015

Introducing new tastes and textures with Gerber 3rd Food Lil' Bits {+ $100 Gerber giveaway!}

I know I've said this before, and I'll say it again- where does the time go? Seriously, it needs to stop moving so quickly. I feel like I blinked and baby number 3 went from being a tiny, nursing newborn, to a mobile little mover with an insatiable appetite. Making the jump from strictly breastfeeding or formula to real food can sound overwhelming for a parent, but with a little help from Gerber, you can make a smooth transition for you and baby!


By the time Harper was around 6 months old, I knew she was ready for some people food. She's always been a very curious baby, and whenever she would see us eating she wanted whatever we had. She'd lean over, wiggle her arms and legs, and start smacking her lips, as if to say "Hey, give me a bite of that!" So I decided it was time to try some baby food puree. Of course, me being the over-achiever that I am, I first attempted to make my own baby food, which Harper wasn't crazy about. I couldn't get the consistency or texture right, so after about a week or two of failed attempts at pureed sweet potatoes, I caved and headed to the baby aisle to stock up on all kinds of fruits and veggie purees.

Now, here's the thing: all babies are different, so they are all going to like different things. Harper only dug the pureed baby food for about a month or two before I realized that she might be ready for some different textures. She wasn't quite ready for full on chunks of cut up food, but the puree was getting a tad boring, and she quickly realized it was more fun to just spit it out and let the liquefied food spill down her chin.  She was starting to get the mashing/chewing motion going on with her jaw, which was a huge cue for me that she was ready for the next step. 

That chewing and mashing motion is crucial to your growing baby's development- children who have not been exposed to “lumpy food” before 10 months of age have experienced difficulties transitioning to more advanced foods later on. Gerber's newest line of 3rd Foods Lil' Bits are made with perfectly sized soft pieces of fruit or veggies and are perfect for teaching baby how to mash and chew real food. Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits offer gradual texture progression to teach your baby the skills they need to transition to table foods. Plus, this is when your not-so-little baby is going to develop his or her preferred tastes and textures when it comes to food, so now is the time to introduce them to new foods and help develop their pallet. You want your baby to eventually grow to love real fruits and vegetables, right? Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits helps make that transition easier, too.



Gerber's 3rd Foods Lil' Bits come in 10 new, fun and interesting flavors:

  • Apple Blueberry
  • Orchard Fruit Medley
  • Apple Banana
  • Banana Apple Strawberry
  • Pear Apple Berry
  • Island Fruit Blend
  • Banana Apple Mango
  • Mixed Carrots
  • Corn & Butternut Squash
  • Butternut Squash & Potato
  • Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon. 
Harper's personal favorites are Apple Blueberry and Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon, and she loves those little, soft chunks! She makes the cutest faces as she pushes the food around in her mouth and finds the Lil' Bits to mash up and chew with her big ol' teeth.


I love how convenient and portable the little containers are. If you have any food leftover, just pop the lid on the top and throw it in the fridge for next time- no waste!


On top of the delicious tastes and textures of Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits, the people at Gerber have put in some extensive time and research to their product. 80 experts spent over 120,000 hours on product development for Lil’ Bits recipes, and over 80 taste tests were held with 700+ samples to ensure that Lil’ Bits recipes had a baby-approved taste. Gerber baby food must live up to over 100 quality checks because Gerber has always believes that little ones deserve high standards. I so agree!


Want to learn more about Gerber 3rd Foods Lil' Bits? Head over to their website and take a look!
What tips do you have for parents transitioning their babies to solid foods?


Gerber 3rd Foods Lil Bits Recipes help babies learn to chew and ease the transition to table food.

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