The essential first food all parents should know about

Monday, June 4, 2018

This post is sponsored by Gerber®,  but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

First off- do you use Cartwheel? If you're a Target shopper you need to! From one Target-loving mama to another, trust me, you need to use Cartwheel! 

Now, on to the Gerber babies.

Aren't they the cutest? I know it sounds so cliche, but they really do grow up so fast. I feel like it's gone by incredibly quickly with these last two babes especially. They're changing every single day and are learning new skills, experiencing new adventures, and making little friends everywhere we go. All of this growing and learning requires the proper nutrition- something not all babies and toddlers get (for many reasons). Picky eaters, like mine, are exceptionally tricky, so it's important to make every bite count when it comes to feeding your baby early on. 

Gerber Infant Cereal is something all four of my babies ate as one of their first foods. We usually started introducing solids somewhere around 6 months of age, though some parents like to start earlier or may delay solids longer for whatever their reason. It's up to you and your baby and you'll know when the time is right. We usually started with mashed bananas, sweet potato, carrots, and of course Gerber Infant Cereal!

Babies are born with natural stores of iron, but a lot of parents might not know that these reserves can be depleted by around 4-6 months. Iron helps support learning abilities, which is why it's so important to make sure there is a good source of iron in your baby's diet. Gerber Cereal has essential nutrients like iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin C, and six B vitamins for healthy development, and expert dietitians and pediatricians recommend iron fortified cereals like Gerber's, especially if they are 6-12 months old. 

Just two servings of Gerber cereal meets 100% of baby's daily iron needs! 

We especially love the Gerber oatmeal, which I'd mix with a little breast milk or formula. As my babies got older and started eating soft foods we'd add chopped blueberries or strawberries to the oatmeal, or apples and cinnamon is another good flavor combination. Whether your baby prefers it plain or if you like to jazz it up (according to their age and eating ability), Gerber cereal is a great way to add some extra iron to your baby's diet to help support their growth and boost that healthy brain development. 

Gerber cereals aren't made with any genetically modified ingredients and contain no artificial colors or flavors. They're even conscious about the packaging and the containers contain no BPAs.

As always, Target is my go-to for all things baby related. I quickly loaded up their awesome money-saving Cartwheel offer for Gerber cereal and headed to the baby section with Josiah in tow. Pro tip: if you're too lazy to search for Cartwheel offers, use the scanner on the app! Just scan your item and if there's a Cartwheel offer it will pop up load it for you! 

Cartwheel is the best way to save at Target, and this Gerber deal won't last forever, so stock up now mamas! 

What were some of your baby's first foods? 

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