- Continue to offer soft fruits and veggies that are the right size and texture for your Crawler.
- Introducing new textures to your Crawler is an important step to developing eating skills.
- New textures—including thick purees and small, soft, pieces of vegetable or pasta added to baby food, as well as finger foods—help perfect eating skills and are nutritious foods for your Crawler.
Your Crawler is on the move and exploring so be sure to offer nutritious choices that give him the energy he needs. Check out the following chart listing the daily nutrition goals and food groups for your Crawler as a guideline for preparing his meals.
Daily nutrition goals & food groups for Crawlers
||Serving Size Examples
||Total Daily Goals:
|Breastmilk or Infant Formula
||4 fluid ounces breastmilk or formula
||24 fluid ounces
||⅓ jar GERBER® 3RD FOODS® vegetables;
½ tray GERBER® GRADUATES® Fruit Pick-ups™ Carrots (10 months or older)
(limit juice to 4 ounces of 100% juice, only once a day)
|⅓ jar GERBER® 3RD FOODS® fruits;
4 fluid ounces 100% fruit juice;
½ tray GERBER® GRADUATES® Fruit Pick-ups™ Diced Apples (10 months or older)
||2 tablespoons GERBER® 2ND FOODS® meats
||¼ cup (4 tablespoons) GERBER® Dry Cereal;
½-1 jar GERBER® 3RD FOODS® cereals
|1 ounce equivalent
Watch & learn
Learn about your Crawler’s nutrition needs, and how to introduce him to new textures and flavors, like finger foods.
Good to know
Crawlers are ready for small, soft, pieces of vegetable or pasta added into their baby food.
Finding the right food for your Crawler
New textures help develop eating skills
Depending on his chewing ability and interest, your baby may be ready to try something new, which is good for his Crawler nutrition. These new foods can be introduced when your child is developmentally ready:
3RD FOODS® Fruits or Vegetables
Provides good practice for up-and-down, forward-and-back-motion prior to swallowing. Helps him learn to use his lips for wiping food from a spoon.
3RD FOODS® Dinners and Cereals
Created with a thick baby food that hugs the small, soft pieces of veggie, pasta or grain. This mixture of baby food and food pieces allows baby to feel texture without having to manage all those separate pieces within his mouth.
GRADUATES® Puffs & Yogurt Melts® Snacks
Easy to pick up and dissolves in his mouth. Helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
GRADUATES® Veggie Pick-Ups™ Diced Carrots
Very soft veggies that mash up easily, like cooked pasta. This texture helps his eating skills and is appropriate for Crawlers that are 10 month old and older.
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