This post is sponsored by Gerber®, but the tips, thoughts and messy baby face are all mine! After three kids I’ve learned a thing or two.
It happened. Our baby Caileigh is growing too quickly and transitioning to table foods. That sound you hear is me sobbing because I am so not ready for this. I mean, she promised me that she would stay little for me!
With two older kids I’ve been through this song and dance before. I have a few tips on how to make this easier on you, your nerves and your sweet baby!
Before we jump in, it’s important to know if your baby is ready for table food. There are a few signs you should look for:
- They should sit up on their own.
- Show interest in your food.
- Generally they should be between the ages of eight and 12 months.
- They should grab at food and try to feed themselves.
- They should either be able to or be trying to pull themselves up.
Now you know the signs but what should you be feeding your baby? It’s time for them to begin to master the art of chewing.
1. Texture – By now your baby has mastered the art of chowing down on pureed foods. Now they are ready to move on to a texture that they mash and chew with their gums. Smaller softer pieces of food will teach them to chew their foods. Gerber 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes is a great option. Gerber baby food must live up to over 100 quality checks because Gerber has always believed that little ones deserve high standards. They have included perfectly sized soft pieces of fruits and veggies in their Gerber 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes which helps take the guess work out of what to feed your baby.
2. Family Dinner Time – Lead by example and feed your baby at the same time the rest of the family eats. Babies are incredibly smart and copy pretty much everything that goes on around them.
3. Get Dirty – They can only learn if they practice so let them hold a spoon while you’re feeding them. It’s ok if they get dirty! It’s just food, it will clean up.
4. Be Patient – Not every kid is going to like every flavor and that’s ok. There are also going to be days that they don’t like what they had the day before. Don’t get frustrated. Remember, this won’t last forever.
Gerber 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes come in 7 fruits and 3 veggies. Fruits are: Apple Blueberry, Orchard Fruit Medley, Apple Banana, Banana Apple Strawberry, Pear Apple Berry, Island Fruit Blend and Banana Apple Mango. Veggies are: Mixed Carrots, Corn & Butternut Squash, Butternut Squash & Potato, Sweet Potato Apple Carrots & Cinnamon. I promise, you’re going to find a few that they’ll love.
5. Let Them Feed Themselves – Just as chewing is a developmental must, so is learning to feed themselves. Puffs have been a great go to for all three of our kids. It helps to develop their pincher fingers and will allow you to take a few bites of your own before dinner.
6. Don’t Panic – Babies can and will gag. This is a good thing. They’re learning not to choke. Don’t panic!
Gerber 3rd Foods® Lil Bits™ Recipes were created to help teach babies how to chew by adding the right sized, soft pieces of fruit or veggies to each variety.
Now for some fun! Go apply your little one to the Gerber Chew University. Apply now and you could win Class of 2015 Chew U Prizes from Gerber. There are a 100 daily winner until September 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Go forth parents and feed your babies. You’ve got this! You’ve done an amazing job so far and I have all the confidence you’ll nail this milestone as well!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gerber.