Welcome to the world of sleep-deprived, nervous, and excited new parents. Between the stress of taking care of a baby and juggling parental responsibilities, making baby food is the last priority on parental to-do lists. But babies older than 6 months need nutrient-dense, calorie-rich solids made specifically for their growing needs.
In India, this caregiving which includes making special food for babies and new mothers was the domain of an extended family living together under one roof. The rise of nuclear families has burdened parents with being sole caregivers.
Allow Gerber Baby Food & Organic Products to help parents focus on what truly matters- relaxed, well-rested parents and baby.
When can babies begin eating solids?
Breastmilk is a complete source of nutrition for all babies from birth to 6 months. But as a baby grows, breast milk might not be enough to meet her calorie needs. Solids can be safely introduced at 6 months to supplement breastmilk, although it should be offered after she has breastfed or between two nursing sessions.
Here’s a quick rundown of parameters to check before introducing solids:
When he can hold his head up:
A baby who is ready to begin solid foods is able to hold his head steady while being upright and can pull himself into a sitting position.
Seems eager to try adult food
A 6-month old baby who crawls and explores her surroundings will be naturally curious about adult food. When she begins reaching out for food in your dish, it’s time to introduce solids.
Loses the Extrusion reflex
The extrusion reflex also called a tongue thrust is when the baby pushes her tongue out when her lip is touched. This reflex is present in all babies whether formula-fed or breastfed. When they begin crawling and sitting up, they lose the extrusion reflex which allows them to begin eating solid food. This might be a good time to stock up on healthy meals and snacks for your child when you choose a Gerber® baby food bundle.
What to introduce first?
Most 6 -month and older babies are introduced to solid foods through iron-fortified cereals such as rice, oatmeal, or multigrain mixed with water, breastmilk, or infant formula. Once they begin eating cereals consistently, at least a couple of times a day, it’s time to introduce pureed fruits and vegetables to the diet. The recommendation is to introduce new food slowly to check for possible food allergies.
One can alternate between cereals, fruits, and vegetables for exposure to a wide variety of tastes and textures.
Gerber Baby Food introduces your baby to fruits, veggies, and other wholesome ingredients with a Gerber’s range of organic baby food pouches are made with real fruit and vegetables and contain no artificial flavors, colors, or added starches.
USDA Certified Organic foods specially designed for your child from the brand you’ve grown to trust. Each pouch is packed with nutrition
6-month-old babies swallow rather than chew their food. Therefore, it’s critical to ensure that all baby food is pureed to a smooth consistency to avoid choking hazards. Gerber combines fruits and vegetables to produce a smooth puree that packs a punch in every bite.
Each Gerber pouch is fortified with iron and vitamins to promote healthy brain and immune system development. Gerber® 2nd Foods® offers new tastes and ingredient combinations to encourage babies eating developments.
More Reasons Why babies love the Gerber Baby Food and Organic Products Range
Right size for tiny hands
At 6 months and beyond, babies are developmentally ready to grab, tug, and hold small items in their environment. The Gerber pouches are small enough for a baby to grasp and squeeze. Initially, a parent might need to help squeeze the content of the pouch into the baby’s mouth but eventually, most babies will eat directly from the spout.
Gerber® pureed baby food in plastic tubs has a smooth texture and is made with gentle ingredients that are perfect for your baby’s first taste
Convenient to-go packaging
With a resealable cap, these Gerber pouches are a lifesaver when you’re traveling or simply stepping out with the baby for the day. No need for spoons, bowls, cups that clutter the diaper bag… Just grab a couple of Gerber pouches and you’re out the door.
An interesting blend of flavors
Gerber organic baby food pouches are made with real fruits and vegetables and contain no artificial flavors, colors, or added starches in interesting combinations such as the Apple, Carrot, and squash flavor. Or the Apple, zucchini, spinach, strawberry one. Your baby will likely love them all!
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