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  • What are the Shipping Methods and terms?

    All orders placed before 12:00pm EST will be processed and shipped on the same business day. Orders placed on Friday after 12:00pm, weekends or holidays will be processed on the next business day. Please note that all processing times are estimates and may be subject to change. Once your order ships, you will receive an email confirmation with order tracking information.

    We offer two different shipping options for your convenience:

    • UPS Ground (3-7 business days): Free Shipping & Handling for orders over $50* (before taxes). For orders under $50 (before taxes), consumers will be charged a flat rate of $7.5 for Shipping & Handling in the continental U.S. All orders to Alaska and Hawaii will be charged $22 for shipping and handling.
    • UPS Second Day(2 day air): Consumers will be charged a flat rate of $15.75 for Shipping & Handling in the continental U.S. This method is not available for the orders to Alaska and Hawaii.
    • For PO Box and FPO addresses: Consumers will be charged a flat rate of $15.75 for Shipping & Handling in the continental U.S. This method is not available for the orders to Alaska and Hawaii.

     

    *Free shipping and handling offer available on a single order totaling $50 or more, exclusive of any applicable tax. Valid in continental U.S. only. Offer valid on ground shipping only; not valid on other shipment methods. Orders totaling less than $50 will be charged $7.5 for shipping and handling in the continental U.S. All orders to Alaska and Hawaii will be charged $22 for shipping and handling.

    Transit times can vary based on shipping method and location. Ground shipping within the US takes between 3 and 7 business days.

    Inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances can cause shipments to arrive later than expected so please plan ahead and order early.

    Canada & International Shipping. We currently do not ship to Canada or other international locations.

  • What is the return policy?

    Please inspect your order once your shipment arrives and report any issues within 2 weeks of receiving your order.

    Gerber products cannot be returned unless they are new, unopened, unused, and in the original factory-sealed packaging.

    If for some reason you are not satisfied with a product you purchased from gerber.com, you may call our customer service within 60 days of receiving your order for a refund of the purchase price.

    For more information or to start a return, please call Customer Service at 800-284-9488– a representative will be able to help.

  • What is cancellation policy?

    If you have placed an order by mistake or due to some other reason want to cancel the order, you can do so by calling our customer service at 800-284-9488 within 30 mins of placing the order.

Subscription Boxes

  • What is a Subscription Box

    Designed by registered dieticians and baby nutrition experts, our monthly subscription boxes of carefully selected products make it easy to get a curated, nutritious experience for little ones on the grow—available in the tastes they crave and the wholesome ingredients you can trust. Gerber subscriptions are available for little ones between the ages of 5-18 months.

    First up on the menu is our Organic for Baby subscription series, featuring a bounty of USDA Certified Organic, non-GMO fruit- and veggie-packed meals. As your little one grows and graduates to new flavors and textures, the Gerber products inside each monthly delivery will evolve just like them. In addition to the yummy Gerber products they love, we will also provide some fun add-ins for both mom & dad and your little one in each monthly delivery, like stickers, educational content and close-ups on our farmers and farms where the ingredients inside the box are grown!

  • How can I subscribe?

    Tell us a little bit about your little one, and we will suggest which box to start with. Order and then get your subscription delivered straight to your door for you and your little one to enjoy yummy Gerber goodness. You can explore our boxes here.

Auto Delivery

  • What is Auto delivery?

    Auto Delivery is the convenient way to have the products you need regularly ordered and shipped on a routine basis. It will save you time (you only have to go through the online ordering process once), and you'll always be stocked with your essential products. You control the frequency, and you can stop at any time. Learn more about Auto Delivery here.

    If you need help setting up your Auto-Delivery, or making changes to an existing auto delivery, please call Customer Service at 800-284-9488 – a representative will be able to help.

B2B FAQs

  • How can I register my company?

     

    • Go to business.gerber.com and click to register the company
    • You will have to wait till your company is approved. You will receive an email once your company is active
    • You will receive a note to add a password
    • You will be able to login and start shopping

     

    All Gerber Business to Business customers will need to have a verified account prior to accessing any special/wholesale pricing. Gerber Products Company reserves the right to limit access to any Business to Business customer for any reason. All Business to Business customers will be required to enter a valid EIN number as part of the account set up process.

  • How to edit my profile?

     

    • You can edit your profile by logging into your profile.

     

  • How can I get tax exemption?

     

    • In your profile, you will have a section for company profile. You can submit the tax exemption form by either uploading the existing form or creating a new form via Tax exemption tool, edit your company profile.

     

  • Can I add more than 1 company admin?

     

    • Right now, we support only one company admin.

     

  • Can I add more than one location?

     

    • You can add more than one shipping address by managing address book in your profile. You will have to choose the address you want to use for shipment at the time of placing the order.

     

  • Can I request a quote?

    Right now, we do not have the feature to request a quote.

  • What is the pricing model for Business to Business

     

    • All pricing on Gerber.com/business is subject to change at any time. We will notify all customers who are in active auto replenishment deliveries of these price changes 30 days prior to the change that will affect the payment of their auto replenishment delivery on the recurring order.
    • All volume and discounted pricing will be offered at the discretion of Gerber Products Company. Gerber Products Company reserves the right to withhold price deals to any customer at any time.

     

Baby's Feeding

  • Should my baby's diet include cereal?

    Yes, most pediatricians recommend starting with an Iron-rich cereal. Iron is an important nutrient for your baby's growth and mental development. Around the middle of the first year, babies' natural Iron stores may begin to deplete.

    GERBER® Infant Cereals provide an excellent source of this important nutrient.

    Their thickness can be easily changed to match your baby's skill level, from very watery at introduction to thicker when your baby is more experienced.

  • What age is appropriate to start using GERBER PURE® Water?

    If a mother is NOT breastfeeding and is using powdered formula, GERBER PURE® water can be used to prepare infant formula for healthy infants starting from birth. Ask your baby's doctor about infant formula feeding for your baby, including how much to feed and the need to sterilize (boil) water, and preparation utensils before mixing formula.


    Always follow instructions on the infant formula and GERBER PURE® water labels.

  • My toddler loves French fries, but I'd like him to eat more vegetables. Any ideas?

    If a mother is NOT breastfeeding and is using powdered formula, GERBER PURE® water can be used to prepare infant formula for healthy infants starting from birth. Ask your baby's doctor about infant formula feeding for your baby, including how much to feed

    Sometimes feeding vegetables to your baby can be a challenge. The Nestlé Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS) 2008 showed that on a given day, 30% of toddlers ages 12 to 24 months didn't eat a distinct portion of vegetables in any amount. When they do eat vegetables, French fries are the vegetable they eat most often.

    As you start to introduce more nutritious foods, like deep yellow and green vegetables, keep in mind that it may take several attempts, sometimes up to 10, for your child to accept a new food.

    If she doesn't like certain fruits and vegetables, don't give up! While you never want to force your child, continue to offer her new varieties of vegetables along with familiar favorites. This age is an important one for building healthy eating patterns into preschool-and school-age development.

    Here are some fun ways to help you serve a nutritious diet:

    Mix GERBER® 2ND FOODS® fruit baby foods or GERBER® 3RD FOODS® fruit baby foods into Iron-rich infant cereal.
    Add GRADUATES® veggie dices or 3RD FOODS® vegetable baby foods to pasta, rice, soups, or macaroni and cheese.
    Spread 3RD FOODS® Banana Strawberry or Peaches baby foods onto a cracker or piece of whole-wheat toast.

  • When should I begin feeding my baby Sitter-appropriate cereals?

    Your baby may be ready if she sits independently, shows excitement when food is presented, or picks up and holds small objects in her hand.
  • How will I know when my child is ready for GRADUATES® products?

    GRADUATES® offers a line of products that are appropriate for the Crawler, Toddler or Preschooler stage of your child's development. Read the package for the developmental cues that indicate your child may ready for each product. Click here to learn more about Milestone Symbols™.
  • What's the difference between GERBER® 3RD FOODS® and GRADUATES® products? What's the difference between GERBER® 1ST FOODS®, GERBER® 2ND FOODS®, and GERBER® 3RD FOODS® products and when do I start each of them?

    GERBER® 3RD FOODS® products have appropriate textures for babies learning to chew. GRADUATES® products are designed for older babies and toddlers who are learning to self-feed.

    GERBER® 1ST FOODS® products are single fruit and vegetable baby foods. The food is pureed for easy swallowing. These foods are typically introduced when your baby is in the Supported Sitter stage.

    GERBER® 2ND FOODS® products include many fruits and vegetables your baby enjoyed in the GERBER® 1STFOODS® line, but there are many new varieties and combinations of ingredients. These foods are typically introduced in the Sitter stage.

    GERBER® 3RD FOODS® products are ideal for feeding your baby in the transition to table-type foods. Many varieties have more texture and may include tiny particles that help babies learn to mash food with their gums. GERBER® 3RD FOODS® products also offer new varieties. These foods are typically introduced at the Crawler stage.

    Read the package for Milestone Symbol and developmental cues that indicate your child may be ready for each product. Learn more about our Milestone Symbols™.

  • When should I begin feeding my baby Crawler-appropriate cereals?

    Your baby may be ready if she or he crawls with her stomach off of the floor, starts pulling herself to stand, or begins to use her jaw to mash food.

  • I think my baby is ready for table foods. Why should I feed GERBER® 3rd FOODS®?

    While your baby may be ready for some table foods, GERBER® 3RD FOODS® products provide a good transition to eating table foods. Feeding GERBER® 3RD FOODS® products helps your baby learn to mash and swallow new and different textures while still eating the variety of foods he needs for growth and development. Most 3RD FOODS® dinners are designed to have tender pieces that encourage mashing.

  • When is a good time to introduce wheat into my baby's diet?

    After your baby enjoys single-grain Oatmeal and Rice cereals, try GERBER® Multigrain cereal, which is made with a small amount of wheat. Then introduce GERBER® Whole Wheat cereal for new, healthy tastes. For your baby's first wheat introduction, mix 1 tbsp. cereal with 4 to 5 tbsp. of breastmilk or formula. If she tolerates for another two days, continue feeding as desired. If you suspect any reactions, stop feeding this cereal and call your pediatrician.

  • What's the difference between 2ND Foods and 3RD Foods?

    2ND FOODS® are pureed to a smooth texture for baby, while many 3RD FOODS® have more texture to encourage chewing. 3RD FOODS® also offer new varieties and combinations not available in 2ND Foods.

  • Is there anything I can do to get my baby ready for solid foods?

    For best results, ease your baby into a routine. A few days before you plan to introduce solid foods, let your baby become comfortable at the table with your family. Hold her in your lap, place her in a bouncy baby chair nearby, or let her sit in her high chair. Before you begin feeding, breastfeed your baby or give her a bottle to take the edge off her hunger so she won't be fussy at the table. This helps assure you that your baby still gets adequate nourishment for growth, regardless of how much—and which—solid foods she eats. For your first solid food attempts, pick a time of day when baby is in good spirits, wide awake, and mildly hungry. Also pick a time of day that works for you. Perhaps a quiet weekend is best so you don't need to worry about rushing somewhere.

  • When can I introduce a cup?

    Around six months is a good time to introduce baby to a cup. She may not get the hang of it at first, but with practice, she'll get used to it.

    Tips for introducing a cup:

    During introduction, there should be no liquid.
    Give your baby an empty cup, imitate how to drink from it and teach her how a cup functions.
    Hand the cup to her and let her practice holding it.
    A spout can help control spills.
    Try to find a cup that's the same size as her bottle to help her learn to grasp it more easily.

  • My baby is a picky eater. How can I get her to try new foods?

    Your baby is growing up right before your eyes! She laughs. She waves "bye-bye." And she may turn her head away from the spoon if she doesn't want to try a new food. If that sounds familiar, here are some hints for feeding your finicky eater:

    Offer nutritious choices. Serve her mashed fruits such as GERBER® 3RD FOODS® Banana Strawberry and vegetables such as GERBER® 3RD FOODS® Sweet Potatoes. Also offer whole-grain choices, dairy options like sliced cheese and yogurt and chopped, lean meats or poultry.

    Allow a little play. Mashed potatoes and applesauce may seem more appealing if she can finger paint with them first.

    Let her experiment. If she wants to dip her cheese into her peaches, let her. What tastes good to her may not taste good to you!

    You might try introducing a new food along with a familiar food, even mixing the two. For example, if your child likes bananas, introduce peaches by mixing them with bananas.

    Keep at it. A food that's refused today may be accepted tomorrow. It can take several tries before your child accepts a new food. Try not to only serve foods she seems to like. Offer new foods or familiar foods served in a new way, such as mashed banana served on a piece of waffle.

    Be creative. Older babies like bright colors and fun shapes. Try serving your child foods such as GERBER®GRADUATES® Yogurt Melts® snacks or GERBER® GRADUATES® Puffs.

    Though mealtime may seem challenging right now, your persistence will pay off. You'll be helping your child establish healthy eating habits.

    If your child doesn't seem to like a new food, don't be discouraged. Some experts say it may take a minimum of 10 exposures to a new food before he may decide that he likes it.

  • When is it okay to start cereal?

    When your baby is first starting on solid foods, she is exploring and getting "tastes"—don't worry, her main nutrition is still coming from breastmilk or formula. Introduce single-grain cereal when your baby has doubled her birth weight, and is hungry after 8 to 10 breast feedings, or drinks more than 32 oz of formula a day. Baby should also be able to lift and support her head, turn her head away when she is full, frequently put things in her mouth and watch with interest as you eat.

  • When should I start my baby on GERBER® Juices?

    If desired, once your baby is over six months and can drink from a cup. Limit juice to <4 fl oz per day.
  • My toddler loves hot dogs. Is this a problem?

    Although hot dogs are an option, they tend to be higher in saturated fat. Even though toddlers need fat and saturated fat in their diets, hot dogs should only be an occasional food. Offer lean meats or poultry or mashed beans and peas to meet your toddler's protein servings on a daily basis. If your child does eat a hot dog, take care: A hot dog's size and shape poses an increased risk of lodging in a child's windpipe and obstructing breathing. To prevent this, cut hot dogs into quarters lengthwise and then into bite-sized slices.
  • When should I start my baby on solid foods?

    The timing for introducing solids can vary from one baby to another, but you should wait until your child is at least 4 months old. Experts recommend starting solids between 4-6 months, when developmentally appropriate but talk to your doctor to see when your child is developmentally ready.
  • How much juice should I give my baby daily?

    Once your baby is six months old you can start with 1 to 2 fluid ounces a day. Older babies can drink up to 4 fl oz a day.
  • How soon can I give my child honey?

    Many doctors recommend not giving children honey until they're one year old. Tasty as it is, honey can contain spores that cause infant botulism poisoning, which has serious effects.
  • What's the first solid food I should feed my baby?

    Single-grain infant cereals (such as GERBER® Oatmeal Cereal) is typically the first complementary food introduced to infants. It is made with gentle ingredients and is easy to digest. Its smooth, fine texture is developmentally appropriate for your baby's first solid food.

    Wait about three days in between each cereal to see how your baby tolerates them. Watch for signs of allergic responses such as diarrhea, a rash or vomiting. If any of these occur, stop feeding oatmeal and contact your pediatrician.

    Once your baby is eating cereal, you can also add baby foods like GERBER® 1ST FOODS® fruits and vegetables.

    To learn more about feeding your baby at this stage of development, read our Nutrition Guide for Supported Sitters.

  • How should I add juice to my child's diet?

    Breastmilk or formula should be your baby's primary source of nutrition and fluids during the first year of life. Small amounts of 100% juice can be introduced after your baby reaches six months of age and can drink from a cup.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children 1 to 6 years of age have no more than 4 to 6 fl oz (1/2 to 2/3 cup) of juice per day. This amount counts as one serving of fruits or vegetables. The remaining fruit and vegetable servings should come from whole peeled fruits, or vegetables that are mashed or pureed.

    Babies who consume too much juice may not consume enough breastmilk, formula, or healthy solid foods, leading to a decrease in their nutrient intake. In addition, some children consuming excessive amounts of juice may experience stomach pain or diarrhea.

    Follow these simple guidelines for adding juice to your child's healthy meal plan:

    Buy products that are 100% juice. Identify 100% juices by looking at the percentage of juice declared above the Nutrition Facts panel. All beverages with juice must declare the amount of juice above the Nutrition Facts panel.
    Avoid beverages with names like "ade," "drink," "beverage," or "cocktail" because they usually aren't 100% juice, and can have added sweeteners, artificial flavors, or added color. Beverages that are 100% juices offer your child the most nutrition from fruits or vegetables.
    Choose products that are pasteurized. Nonpasteurized juices, like some fresh ciders, may contain bacteria that can make your baby sick.
    Serve juice only from a cup while seated and supervised and never from a bottle.
    Introduce juice in small amounts. Once your baby has reached 6 months of age, start with 1 fl oz in a cup. Then you can increase the amount to no more than 4 fl oz (1/2 cup) per day until she reaches 1 year of age. After she reaches 1 year, limit juice to 4 to 6 fl oz per day.
    When your baby turns 1 year old, you can also offer beverages that are water and 100% juice blends. Make sure these blends have no added sweeteners, artificial flavors, or colors, and check the label for information on recommended serving sizes.

  • Why should my baby avoid cow's milk in the first year?

    Even though your baby is growing quickly, cow's milk (and goat's milk) aren't recommended for her as a replacement for breastmilk or infant formula. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents wait until after her first birthday to introduce cow's milk. There are several reasons:

    Improper balance: Cow's milk and goat's milk do not contain the right balance of nutrients your baby needs during the first year to grow and develop. These milks, which aren't meant for human infants, contain excessive amounts of some vitamins and minerals that could stress your baby's kidneys. Sodium, potassium, and protein levels are especially high.
    Not enough Iron: Cow's milk has insufficient amounts of Iron for your baby's developing brain, and the Iron in cow's milk isn't easily absorbed. Iron deficiency can have serious consequences, including slower growth, decreased social behavior, lower learning ability, and even anemia. In addition, cow's milk is low in Zinc, vitamins C and E, and copper.
    Digestion problems: Your baby may have trouble digesting cow's milk or goat's milk. After age one, go ahead and introduce your baby slowly to whole cow's milk. Don't serve reduced-fat or fat-free milk to a child less than two years of age, unless directed by your doctor. Little ones need the extra fat in whole milk to provide energy for their growing bodies and to help with brain development.

    After age one, if your active, growing toddler is a picky eater, consider an older-baby formula. It's a nutritious alternative to whole milk, because it offers more of important nutrients, such as Iron, vitamins C and E, and Zinc, than whole milk while providing the Calcium a growing toddler needs. At age two, switch to lowfat (1%) or fat-free milk.

Most asked

  • I think I'm pregnant, and I've heard that folic acid is essential for my baby. What is it and why is it important?

    Folic acid is essential for your little one's brain and spinal cord to develop properly, especially in the first few weeks of pregnancy – when the brain and spinal cord begin to develop. In fact, the March of Dimes recommends that all women who could become pregnant take a multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid each day. If you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about the best vitamin and mineral supplement for you.

  • Should I add an older-baby formula to my baby's diet?

    Breastmilk and formula are the main source of nutrition but, as your baby gets older, solid foods begin providing more of the primary nutrition. As your active older baby transitions to solid foods, it may be difficult to get her to slow down long enough to eat a balanced diet. That's why you may want to consider adding an older-baby formula such as GERBER® GRADUATES® Gentle, GERBER® GRADUATES® Soothe or GERBER®GRADUATES® Soy to your older baby's or toddler's diet. Both are specially designed to meet the changing nutritional needs of older babies and toddlers 9 to 24 months old. GRADUATES® Gentle, Soothe and Soy formulas are specially designed with ingredients that support the needs of growing older babies and toddlers:

    Calcium to support growing bones and teeth
    25 nutrients to support healthy growth and development
    Omega-3 DHA for brain and eye development.

  • Do baby foods need to be heated?

    No. All baby foods can be served cold, warm, or at room temperature. Your baby may not have a preference for warmed foods, so it's not necessary. But you may want to warm refrigerated food to room temperature.

  • Breastfeeding is going great and I def want to keep it up when I go back to work. Do you have any tips for me?

    Awesome – keep up the great work! You can def keep breastfeeding while you go back to work by pumping and giving your baby bottles of your breastmilk. Start the process a few weeks before you go back so your LO can get used to taking a bottle (you may need to enlist help getting your baby to take a bottle). Be sure to talk to your employer about pumping at work (the where, when, etc) so you can make up a schedule. Need more info? Text Dotti to make an appointment with our certified lactation consultant.
  • What are the benefits of DHA for my baby?

    DHA helps support brain and eye development during baby's growth. DHA serves as a major structural fat in the brain and the retina and is also a key component of the heart. DHA is important for mental and visual development in infants.

Baby's Health

  • How do I know whether my baby is getting enough Iron?

    Good question, right? Here's the scoop. Iron is an essential nutrient that can help support your baby's brain development and learning skills. Babies are born with their own stores and also get dietary iron from your breastmilk or baby formula. If you are breastfeeding, be sure to ask your pediatrician about iron supplements. Around the middle of their first year, your baby needs additional sources of iron in her diet, especially if she is breastfed. To help ensure your sweet pea is getting enough iron, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends feeding your baby iron-fortified baby cereal or meat each day to meet their daily iron needs. Just two servings of Gerber baby cereal meets your baby's need for iron.

  • What causes constipation in babies? How can I alleviate the problem?

    Breastmilk and formula are the main source of nutrition but, as your baby gets older,Hard, dry stools are difficult for babies to pass and let's face it, aren't fun for any of us. Just remember that even some healthy babies go several days without pooping. Constipation is not caused by iron in your baby's formula, but could be due to a number of factors, including the intro of new foods or other changes in your routines. If your baby does have constipation issues again and again, definitely reach out to your doctor.

  • What are antioxidants?

    Antioxidants are nutrients that work in the body to help support a healthy immune system. Most well-known antioxidants are Vitamins A (from beta-carotene), C and E.

  • What do I need to know about taking care of baby's teeth?

    Even though they are just babies, we need to listen this helpful advice from dentists:

     

    • Take the bottle away from your baby before (yes, before… it's hard) she falls asleep.
    • Try your best to wean your baby from a bottle by her 1st birthday.
    • Be sure not to put juice or any sweetened drinks into their bottle.
    • Clean your baby's gum and any cute pearly whites with a clean, soft washcloth or fluoride-free tooth and gum cleanser after each feeding.

Bottle Feeding

  • What's the best way to heat a bottle of breastmilk or formula? How should I warm my baby's bottle?

    You've come to the right place for info! If you're breastfeeding, freshly expressed or pumped milk can stay in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Bottles doesn't really need to be warmed – it can be given room temperature or even cold, its your choice Some babies may want it a bit warmer – so how do you warm it you ask? You can run it under warm (not hot) water or place it in a container of lukewarm/warm water. You can also use a bottle warmer but be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.Just remember to always check the temp before giving that liquid gold to your baby. If your baby didn't want to finish the whole bottle, it's best to get rid of it within 2 hours after she finished feeding.

     

    When feeding formula, it's best to prepare and feed a bottle right away. We know that's not always possible and you need to prepare ahead of time, but be sure to put those unused bottles in the fridge for up to 24 hours. After your baby starts drinking that formula, you need to get rid of any remaining left in the bottle within an hour. Once babies start drinking from the bottle, microorganisms from her mouth are introduced into the formula and you def don't want any of that growing!

     

    With formula prep, be sure to follow the directions on the package. How to heat? Rule #1- no matter breastmilk or formula, never heat in the microwave. It can create hot spots, which can burn your little one's mouth and destroy delicate nutrients. Same heating as breastmilk…hold under warm water or place it in a container with lukewarm/warm water. Just remember to always test it before feeding your baby.

  • Our baby won't go to bed without a bottle. Is this ok?

    Feeding your baby before bed, then putting her to bed is fine of course. But letting her take her bottle to bed – not a good idea. Falling asleep with a bottle isn't a sleep habit you want to continue. She needs to be able to fall asleep without it because bottles filled with breastmilk, formula (or really any drink) can promote tooth decay.  (Did you know that infants are susceptible to tooth decay even before their teeth appear? They are!)  Need advice? Text Dotti and she can set you up with our sleep expert who can help you help her sleep without her bottle.

  • I'd like to occasionally feed my baby breastmilk from a bottle. Do you have suggestions?

    Of course, we are here to help! It's a good idea to try to wait on introducing a bottle to your baby until you feel breastfeeding is going well (usually when she is around 4 weeks old). It's def best to wait for any bottle-feeding if there are any feeding problems, especially with that latch. Once you've got breast feeding down, a good start is feeding her breastmilk in a bottle once a day or every other day. You may encounter some resistance from your little one because she is used to just breastfeeding from you. Don't worry, though! If this is the case, call Dad in or another person who is able and willing to lend a hand. Since your baby knows your smell and very well knows when we are close by, you'll need to leave the room (or the house for a quick breath of fresh air) so someone else can try bottle-feeding. Just remember, everyone needs to be patient and calm and she'll get the hang of it in no time. It's best when she's not starving and a bit sleepy so she will be more willing to take it. Still have questions? Text Dotti to set up a time to chat with our certified lactation consultant.

Breastfeeding

  • Are there formulas that are suited for supplementing breastfeeding?

    All routine formulas provide complete nutrition and can be used for supplementing breastmilk. Gerber® Good Start® Gentle powder formula is an ideal choice for when breastfeeding moms supplement because it is made with probiotics, good bacteria also found in breastmilk that support digestive health as well as 2'-FL HMO. 2'-FL HMO is a prebiotic oligosaccharide similar to one of the HMO components found in breastmilk. Gerber Good Start Gentle formulas are also made with 100% whey protein partially hydrolyzed that is easy to digest. Formulas made with 100% whey protein partially hydrolyzed also promote softer stools –which may support a smooth transition to supplementing.

  • Do you have some tips for pumping breastmilk at work?

    Yes totally! It's great that you've decided to keep breastfeeding when you return to work. Here are some helpful hints:

     

    The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed in March of 2010 is a federal law which requires employers to provide break times and a place (other than a bathroom) to express breast milk for the infant's first year of life. Some states have their own breastfeeding laws which meet or surpass the federal law while others don't have a law at all so an employee would refer to the federal law for protection. . Check out below and talk to your supervisor about a plan for you. For more information about your rights and this legislation, visit http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/workplace-law
    Think about your baby when pumping. Look at her picture. Some women bring small items of their baby's clothes to touch and smell to encourage milk ejection reflex.
    Drink liquids – be sure to have a glass of water or 100% juice nearby as you pump. Drink lots of water throughout the day and keep nutritious snacks such as trail mix handy at your desk.
    Dress for pumping – think of clothes to wear that will make things easier. Front-buttoning blouses will be easiest. Prints and light colors will help camouflage milk stains (oops!). Wear nursing pads that are absorbent and ventilate well.

  • How do I know if my breastfeeding baby's getting enough to eat?

    That's a great question! It is important to feel confident that your baby is being well nourished.  Newborns should receive at least 8-12 full nursing sessions in a 24 hour period and having at least 3-5 wet diapers and 3-6 stools per 24 hours by 5-7 days old.  They may even have a stool after each feeding.  Your baby should be back to his birth weight by 10 days old.  Some things to watch out for while feeding:

     

    • You will able to hear sucking and swallowing.
    • Your baby should seem comfortable and content during nursing sessions.
    • Your baby should be totally relaxed, sometimes almost asleep (or asleep) after a full nursing session.

     

    You should see your pediatrician 2-3 days after discharge from the hospital to assess breastfeeding progress and your baby's health.  Be sure to ask any questions you may have! In the meantime, you can always make an appointment with our certified lactation consultant to answer some basic questions if you feel unsure – just text Dotti and she'll set you up.

  • I am going back to work and plan to supplement my breastmilk with formula. Do you have any tips for mothers who are supplementing?

    We sure do! Since each mama and her baby have their own unique breastfeeding journey, we encourage you to use our resources to discover which direction and steps will best suit your breastfeeding goals. Reach out to our PRC or text Dotti 24/7 for questions and to set up and individualized appointment with our certified lactation consultant.
  • I have very small breasts. Will I still be able to breastfeed?

    Every woman has a different milk capacity that has nothing to do with the size of her breasts. A woman with small breasts can have more milk glands for breastfeeding than a woman with large breasts. The size of the breast is more related to the amount of fatty tissue that a woman has in her breast – which has nothing to do with breastfeeding.
  • I'm returning to work soon and want to continue giving my baby breastmilk. Can I store my breastmilk? How should I store breastmilk?

    You sure can! The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine recommends freshly expressed breastmilk to be stored in the refrigerator (40° F or 4° C) for up to 4 days and in a standard freezer (0° F or -18° C) for up to 6 months.  Breastmilk should never be stored in the door of the refrigerator or freezer due to higher temperature fluctuations. Labeling the stored milk with a date is super important.  You will want to use the oldest milk first whenever possible.
  • My breasts are swollen and it's painful to breastfeed. What can I do?

    Sometimes that can happen – here are some common causes:

     

    Infrequent or delayed feedings

     

    • Over-production of milk
    • Poor or inefficient milk removal
    • Supplemental feedings
    • Rapid or sudden weaning
    • Breast edema

     

    Try these basic remedies

     

    • Relieve the pressure in your breast as soon as possible by either breastfeeding, hand-expressing your milk, or using a breastpump. If your breasts are too full for her to latch on, express a little milk by hand or pump.
    • Breastfeed or pump every 2 hours to help you build a good milk supply while relieving the engorgement. Remember, your newborn baby should be breastfed at least 8 to 12 times per 24 hours.
    • Take a warm shower or place a warm, wet cloth on breasts.
    • If your baby doesn't breastfeed long enough to soften them, use a breastpump until both breasts feel comfortable.
    • Use cold packs between feedings.

     

    If your hands and/or ankles are swollen due to retaining extra fluids, your breasts might also be swollen from retained fluids. Try pushing the excess fluid away from the nipple and areola. Do this by placing your fingers and thumb right at the neck of your nipple and press into your chest for about a minute. The nipple should become more elastic to allow either breastfeeding or pumping to be more effective.

  • Should I breastfeed my baby?

    The benefits of breastfeeding for you and your baby outweigh all other formula alternatives. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends that breastmilk be the primary source of nourishment for the first year of life.

  • Should I consider breastfeeding after returning to work?

    Yes! We are here to help you plan for success. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for the first year or longer. Make an appointment with our certified lactation consultant for guidance and an individualized plan on getting ready to head back to work while continuing to breastfeed.

  • What are nucleotides?

    Nucleotides play key roles in many biological processes and are found naturally in breastmilk. They're the basic building blocks of DNA and RNA, which are found in all the cells in our bodies—including our immune cells. Nucleotides are added to all GOOD START® milk-based formulas to help support baby's growth and development.

  • What's Gerber's view on breastfeeding?

    We believe that breastmilk is the very best start a baby can have in life. Like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Gerber supports exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, followed by safe and appropriate complementary foods, and continued breastfeeding.

  • Will my baby need water or formula in addition to my breastmilk?

    Nope – not unless directed by your little one's pediatrician. Your breastmilk actually provides your baby with complete nutrition and hydration so no need for formula or water for about the first 6 months of life.

DHA

  • Where are common sources of DHA?

    DHA is an omega 3 fatty acid found in foods such as tuna and salmon. It's also in breastmilk but the amount depends on what you are eating. Not a big fish eater? Be sure to talk to your doc about continuing with a DHA supplement.

  • How can I ensure that my baby gets enough DHA?

    Did you know that your baby gets the DHA she needs from you during pregnancy and when you are breastfeeding? Since the typical American diet is usually low in DHA, your doc probably recommended a DHA supplement during pregnancy and breastfeeding (if not, be sure to ask about this! Most breastfeeding moms should be taking one). Be sure to also eat those food sources with DHA while pregnant and nursing to get it. If you are formula feeding, no worries - baby formula will provide DHA to your baby. Once your little one is eating solids, look for baby cereals and baby foods with added DHA.

  • Will my baby get the DHA he needs if I choose not to breastfeed?

    Breastmilk is best for babies because it offers the nutrition your baby needs. But if you decide not to breastfeed, infant formulas provide DHA as well as the essential fatty acids (linolenic acid and alpha-linolenic acid).

  • My doctor says that the formula I give my baby already has enough DHA in it. Does my baby need more?

    It's important to have continuous conversations with your doc about your baby's diet, especially when those solid foods are more a part of their diet and breastmilk/formula naturally decrease. Look for baby cereal and baby foods with DHA to help your baby get DHA in their diet.
  • Is there such a thing as too much DHA?

    It's unlikely…babies consume less DHA during the natural decrease in consumption of breastmilk or baby formula. Typical common baby foods contain little or no DHA at all. As she starts moving to eating solid foods, look for Gerber baby cereals that have DHA to help your baby meet their needs.
  • What is DHA?

    You've probably heard about it before but may not know exactly what it is. DHA is what we call a fatty acid (or lipid) that can be found in breastmilk and other foods such as fish. It's an important part of brain and eye development. During your last trimester of pregnancy, you are actually passing it on to your baby and even after she is born, if you are breastfeeding. You just need to make sure that you are eating foods rich in DHA (like fish) or continue taking your DHA supplement. If you are not breastfeeding, be sure to give her baby formula that has added DHA.
  • Why is DHA important? What are the benefits?

    DHA helps support your growing baby's brain and eye development and it is an important part of your little one's healthy brain and eye tissues. More specifically, it's a major structural fat in the brain and retina of the eye as well as a key component of the heart.

Food Allergies/Intolerances

  • Can I get a list of Gerber® products that contain food allergens?

    Sure, you can talk to one of our RD's about a list of foods for your baby – just text Dotti and she'll set you up with a call. Keep in mind that recipes change. Reading the ingredient statement each time you purchase the product is the best and most accurate way to determine if the product has a food allergen in it. Experts in food allergy (and us too!) strongly recommend label reading every time you buy a food. As an added bonus, your baby is watching you do this, and as he grows he will learn this important habit from you!

  • Can I get a list of Gerber foods that are gluten free?

    Sure – just text Dotti and she'll set you up to chat with one of our RDs to help with this. Keep in mind that recipes change. The most accurate source of information about if our food contains gluten, is the ingredient list on the product label at the time of purchase.

  • How do I know whether my child has a food allergy?

    Good question! If you think your baby is having a reaction, stop feeding that food and talk to your little one's doctor.

     

    Signs and symptoms of a possible food allergy for babies include:

     

    Itchy skin rash or eczema, producing dry, scaly and often red patches
    Breathing problems, including sneezing, wheezing or throat tightness
    Vomiting most or all of food after a feeding
    Loose, watery stools eight or more times a day
    Bloody diarrhea

    If your child is experiencing these signs of a food allergy, see his doc to find out if he truly does have a food allergy. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, food allergy happens when the immune system reacts to certain proteins found in our foods. Symptoms of a typical food allergy can happen super fast (within minutes) or delayed (usually within 48 hours). The most common food proteins to cause an allergic reaction are milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish (aka the "top 8").

  • My baby's allergic to certain ingredients. How can I tell if they're in Gerber® baby foods?

    Always check the label! Gerber® food label ingredient statements are the most accurate source of food allergen information. Recipes may change so it's important to read the label each and every time you purchase a product for your child with a food allergy. When present in our foods, the Top 8 FDA recognized food allergens are listed in the ingredient statement in consumer friendly terms as well as immediately after the ingredient list in a "contains" statement. What are the top 8 you ask? Milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.


    Besides these top 8 actually being part of the recipe, we take into consideration all sources of these allergens including any that could occur from contact at the manufacturing locations. So if an allergen is present only as a result of the product's manufacturing locations, you may see a statement about that right near the ingredient statement.


    Have a question about an ingredient that's not one of the top 8? Call us or text Dotti to set up a chat with one of our Registered Dietitians – they'd be happy to help!

  • What is Gerber's labeling policy regarding gluten?

    Here you go! Gluten-containing ingredients (like wheat, rye and barley) are always listed in our ingredient statements when they are used as ingredients in our products. We also label gluten- containing ingredients from indirect sources (like when contact occurs during harvesting, manufacturing or transport of ingredients) if the finished product could have 20 ppm gluten or more.

  • What is a food intolerance?

    Food intolerances are actually sometimes mistaken for food allergies. A food intolerance can show symptoms similar to an allergy, but the immune system is not usually involved. These kinds of reactions usually occur in the first year and generally are gone by the time your baby is 3.

     

    Always remember, if you think your baby is having a reaction, stop feeding that food and get a call in to the pediatrician ASAP.

Formula Feeding

  • How can older-baby formulas be beneficial for my baby?

    Older-baby formulas are designed to provide extra nutritional support during the transition to solid foods. When your baby's too picky or too busy to eat, he may come up short on important nutrients, especially Iron. The AAP recommends avoiding cow's milk until your baby is at least one year old, because cow's milk doesn't have the proper balance of nutrients he needs. GERBER® GRADUATES® formulas are nutritious alternatives to whole milk, and are designed for toddlers up to 24 months of age. They offer important nutrients, such as Iron, vitamins C & E, and Zinc, while also providing the Calcium a growing toddler needs. Standard formulas provide adequate nutrition for the first year. GERBER® GRADUATES® formulas provide extra nutritional support.

  • When can I switch my older baby/toddler to GERBER® GRADUATES® Gentle or GRADUATES® Soothe formulas?

    From a tiny infant to a teetering toddler, your baby speeds through her first year—sitting, crawling, standing, and maybe even taking her first wobbly steps. During these short 12 months, her birth weight triples, her brain size doubles, and her length increases by 50%.

    That's a lot of growth and change, and it takes a lot of energy and good nutrition. Little bites of solid foods may not meet all of baby's growing nutritional and developmental needs, especially for Calcium and Iron. In fact, Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the U.S., affecting mainly older infants, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

    That's why breastmilk or an Iron-fortified formula should continue to be the primary source of nutrition throughout the first year of life.

    For toddlers who are 9 to 24 months, GERBER® GRADUATES® Gentle and GRADUATES® Soothe formulas help support optimal nutrition. They both offer Iron, DHA and Vitamins C and E, and as much Calcium as in standard milk-based formulas1.

    GOOD START® Gentle and Soothe can be used throughout the first year of life. If your baby is doing well on this formula, and if you feel confident he's getting all the Calcium he requires, there's no need to switch. If you feel that your baby is a picky eater and needs extra nutritional support, GERBER® GRADUATES® Gentle is an excellent choice.

    1Standard formulas provide adequate nutrition for the first year. GERBER® GRADUATES®Gentle provides extra nutrition.

  • Should I sterilize water to prepare formula?

    Sterilization (boiling) of tap or bottled water and utensils is recommended. Your doc will be sure to let you know if it's not required. If boiling water, bring to a rolling boil for 1 minute and cool before preparing formula.

  • Why choose a soy-based formula?

    Your doctor might recommend a soy-based formula if:

     

    Your baby has a hereditary or temporary lactase deficiency, which makes processing milk sugars difficult.
    You want a vegetarian-based diet for your full-term baby.

    In such situations, Gerber® Good Start® Soy is an excellent choice. It provides milk-free, lactose-free complete nutrition for baby's first year plus easy digestion—a combination that helps make feeding time a gentle, joyful experience for both you and your baby.

  • I want to start supplementing breastmilk with formula. How should I do it and what formula do you recommend?

    Experts recommend continuing to breastfeed for as long as possible. But some moms may choose to supplement with formula. Rest assured that this can also be a nourishing, nurturing choice for your baby.

     

    If you decide to supplement, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises choosing an Iron-fortified baby formula. Because your baby is tripling her birth weight and doubling her brain size in the first year of life, adequate iron intake is important for healthy growth and brain development.

     

    To start supplementing with formula, check out our tips below:

     

    First talk with your baby's doctor about formula choices.
    Have your baby breastfeed for a shorter time at each breast.
    Offer your still-hungry baby a formula bottle. (Some parents find that baby may smell breastmilk on you, and she may be more receptive if Dad or someone else offers that first taste of formula.)
    If your baby fusses and refuses the bottle, calm her down by returning her to the breast. Try again at the next feeding.

    Gerber® Good Start® milk based formulas are an excellent choice for supplementing. They are the only infant formulas with gentle Comfort Proteins®, specially made using a unique two-step process that breaks down gentle whey proteins into smaller pieces. Formulas made with Comfort Proteins are easy to digest.

  • What are nucleotides?

    Nucleotides play key roles in many biological processes and are found naturally in breastmilk. They're the basic building blocks of DNA and RNA, which are found in all the cells in our bodies. Nucleotides are added to all Good Start® milk-based formulas to help support baby's growth and development.

  • What are probiotics and what benefits do they provide for babies?

    Good question! All healthy babies' digestive tracts contain different types of bacteria. Scientists have learned that the digestive tracts of breastfed babies appear to have more of one type of bacteria, called bifidobacteria. Gerber® Good Start® Gentle infant formula powders have B. lactis a type of bifidobacteria similar to the ones found in breastmilk. B. Lactis has been shown to help support the balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and to help support the developing immune system. Breastmilk is the ideal source of nutrition and protection for your baby. Talk with your baby's doctor about all your feeding choices.

  • What's 100% whey protein?

    100% whey protein means that the only protein used is whey. Whey protein is a protein found in milk. Milk has two primary proteins: whey and casein.

  • Can you tell me more about probiotics in infant formula?

    Sure! Probiotics are good bacteria which, when consumed in adequate amounts, provide health benefits. These benefits vary, depending on the type and strain of probiotic. Some benefits include supporting the balance of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract and supporting the developing immune system. Some probiotics are naturally found in breastmilk. For formula fed babies, there are infant formulas available which have probiotic ingredients added. Probiotics added to infant formulas are reviewed for safety and can be given to healthy babies starting from birth.

  • What does "partially hydrolyzed proteins" mean?

    Hydrolyzed proteins are proteins that have been broken down into smaller pieces (peptides) similar to the way a baby's digestive system would break down the proteins. "Partially hydrolyzed proteins" are used in Good Start® milk based infant formulas.

  • How do I know which formula's right for my child?

    We have a variety of formulas for infants. Talk to your baby's doctor about which formula may be right for your baby.

  • Should I add an older-baby formula to my baby's diet?

    Breastmilk and formula are the main source of nutrition but, as your baby gets older, solid foods begin providing more of the primary nutrition. As your active older baby transitions to solid foods, it may be difficult to get her to slow down long enough to eat a balanced diet. That's why you may want to consider adding an older-baby formula such as GERBER® GRADUATES® Gentle, GERBER® GRADUATES® Soothe or GERBER®GRADUATES® Soy to your older baby's or toddler's diet. Both are specially designed to meet the changing nutritional needs of older babies and toddlers 9 to 24 months old. GRADUATES® Gentle, Soothe and Soy formulas are specially designed with ingredients that support the needs of growing older babies and toddlers:

    Calcium to support growing bones and teeth
    25 nutrients to support healthy growth and development
    Omega-3 DHA for brain and eye development.

Pregnancy

  • I'm pregnant and get hungry when I'm at work. What are some ideas for healthy snacks?

    We have ideas for you! Healthy snacks are important during pregnancy.  Pack a bunch of things so you have them on hand and don't need to head to the vending machine for things that may not be so healthy.  Fresh fruit or veggies from home is a winner.  Check out below for some more ideas:

    • A handful of trail mix – a combo of raisins and other dried fruit pieces, nuts and toasted seeds.
    • A whole grain mini bagel topped with cream cheese or cottage cheese and thinly sliced strawberries.
    • Whole wheat crackers spread with peanut butter, hummus or avocado
    • Air popped popcorn
    • A bag of pretzels
    • A handful of nuts
    • A carton of skim milk or 100% juice
  • I've gained a lot of weight and I'm feeling really uncomfortable. Is it ok to eat less?

    That's definitely a question for your doctor. Gaining weight in the last trimester is as important as in the earlier stages of your pregnancy, for both you and your baby. On the other hand, gaining more than two pounds a week should be discussed with your doctor because gaining too much weight in the last few weeks of pregnancy can be linked to pregnancy-induced hypertension (high blood pressure).

  • Now that I'm pregnant, should I cut down on salt?

    Unless you're told otherwise by your doctor, continue to salt your foods to taste. Pregnant women need salt in their diets to maintain their expanding blood volume, which increases by up to 50%. Your cells also hold more water during pregnancy, so a little bit of swelling is normal starting in the second trimester—especially in the last few weeks of pregnancy. This mild fluid retention isn't related to salt intake and shouldn't be treated by restricting salt or taking diuretic medications (also called water pills) without your doctor's approval.

  • How much weight should I/will I gain?

    There's no one-size-fits-all approach to pregnancy weight gain. How much weight you need to gain depends on various factors, including your pre-pregnancy weight and body mass index (BMI). Your health and your baby's health also play roles. Work with your health care provider to determine what's right for you. Consider these general guidelines for pregnancy weight gain from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

     

    Pre-pregnancy weight recommended weight gain:

     

    Underweight 28 to 40 pounds
    Normal Weight 25 to 35 pounds
    Overweight 15 to 25 pounds
    Obese 11-20 pounds

    If you're carrying twins or triplets, talk to your doc to see what's right for you.

  • Why are pregnant women advised to take a prenatal vitamin and mineral supplement?

    Good question! You need higher levels of certain nutrients during pregnancy and eating a healthy diet might not have all the nutrition you need – especially for iron, calcium, folic acid, choline and DHA. Your doc will likely want you to take a vitamin and mineral supplement designed especially for pregnant women and may also have you take additional DHA and calcium supplements. Be sure to always talk to your doc before taking any prenatal supplement during pregnancy to make sure it's ok.

  • How much weight should I be gaining during my pregnancy?

    Good question! Everyone's weight gain is individual and determined by your pre-pregnancy weight. It's super important to check with your doc to see what is right for you. On average, weight gain when you're starting out at a healthy weight is about 25-35 pounds.
  • What are probiotics and what benefits do they provide for babies?

    Your doc probably felt that a prescription supplement was the best way to make sure you are getting the amount of essential vitamins and minerals that you need. If you have questions about an over the counter supplement, reach out to them. Give them the exact brand and information – they will let you know if it's ok. It should be specially formulated for pregnancy with iron and folic acid which are important nutrients during this time.

  • I'm hungry throughout the day – what are healthy snacks that I can eat while home and on the go?

    We bet you are! Here are some healthy snack ideas: trail mix, hummus with pita chips, yogurt with berries and granola, string cheese with fruit, apples with peanut butter. Just remember when on-the-go to pack those perishables with a freezer pack so cold foods are kept cold. Need more ideas? Text Dotti to make an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians.
  • I want to breastfeed my baby. Where can I learn more about it?

    That's great!! Breastfeeding is best for your baby. You can check out the info in our Breastfeeding topic or text Dotti to make an appointment with our certified lactation consultant.
  • What can I do about heartburn?

    We hear ya! Your growing baby is putting more and more pressure on your stomach. One result is heartburn, a burning feeling in your chest. Here are a few tips that may help:

    Eat small, frequent meals instead of the traditional three square meals a day.
    Relax while you eat.
    Take your time- chew your food slowly and thoroughly.
    Avoid foods that are greasy or spicy.
    Sometimes sipping 8 oz of cold (but not iced) water can bring relief.
    Don't take antacids without your doctor's advice; some types can cause fluid retention or other unwanted side effects.

  • Why am I sick in the middle of the afternoon?

    So-called "morning sickness" can actually strike at any time of day. When you are feeling good and not nauseous, try to eat a small, nutritious snack. If you've been getting sick, replace lost fluids by drinking apple juice or grape juice (nothing too acidic), or sucking on ice chips. Keeping plain crackers or other snacks handy may also help if you eat them at the first feeling of nausea.

  • I think I'm pregnant, and I've heard that folic acid is essential for my baby. What is it and why is it important?

    Folic acid is essential for your little one's brain and spinal cord to develop properly, especially in the first few weeks of pregnancy – when the brain and spinal cord begin to develop. In fact, the March of Dimes recommends that all women who could become pregnant take a multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid each day. If you're pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your doctor about the best vitamin and mineral supplement for you.

  • I plan to breastfeed but have heard that my feeding choices do not always go as planned. How can I prepare for the unexpected?

    Spread the word! Make sure your doctor and the hospital know your wishes to breastfeed so they can mark it down in your chart. Letting your nurse know at check-in and enlisting all the possible hospital support during your stay is another key to success. Call us or text Dotti to set up some time to speak with our certified lactation consultant so she can share some tips to help you prepare as well.

Other

  • How do I find the "use by" date on the product?

    Each product is stamped with a "best by" date in the format dd mm yy. For example, a best-by date of August 25, 2017 would be indicated as "25 AUG 17".

  • How do I read the code on the packaging?

    Codes indicate use by dates, product, place and time when the food was manufactured. An example of a code is: 12Feb17 450F 0821.

     

    The 12Feb17 code indicates that the food is best used by February 12 of the year 2017. 450 identifies the product (Vanilla Custard Pudding).

     

    F indicates the plant where the food was made. 0821 is the military time when the food was manufactured.

  • Can you take my name off your mailing/email list?

    If you registered online at gerber.com to receive emails and/or infant formula samples and coupons from us you can easily unsubscribe online by signing in and updating your communication preferences in your profile. You also can call our Parents Resource Center toll-free at 1-800-284-9488, 24/7 and they'll help you out.

  • Does Nestlé follow the World Health Organization (WHO) Code?

    The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes was developed by the World Health Organization in 1981. These guidelines are known as the WHO Code. We abide by the Code as implemented by every country and in high risk countries (as defined by high levels of infant mortality and malnutrition) we follow either the national regulation or the Nestlé policy depending on which is stricter.

     

    In the United States, which is not a signatory of the code and by Nestlé definition a low risk country, we affirm our belief that breastmilk is best within all consumer communication. We also encourage moms to breastfeed as long as possible. For parents who choose not to breastfeed, commercial formula is the best alternative.

     

    For information about how Nestlé complies with the WHO Code in developing countries and in other countries where the code is law, click here.

  • How do I find a hospital with Gerber® ready-to-feed formula?

    To find a hospital with Gerber® ready-to-feed formula, give us a call any time. We are awake when you are 24/7: 1-800-284-9488. 

Offers

  • How can I get coupons for formula?

    Samples and offers are occasionally available. You can join MyGerber to receive samples and offers should they become available. Learn more here.

  • How do I read the code on the packaging?

    Codes indicate use by dates, product, place and time when the food was manufactured. An example of a code is: 12Feb17 450F 0821.

     

    The 12Feb17 code indicates that the food is best used by February 12 of the year 2017. 450 identifies the product (Vanilla Custard Pudding).

     

    F indicates the plant where the food was made. 0821 is the military time when the food was manufactured.

  • Can you take my name off your mailing/email list?

    If you registered online at gerber.com to receive emails and/or infant formula samples and coupons from us you can easily unsubscribe online by signing in and updating your communication preferences in your profile. You also can call our Parents Resource Center toll-free at 1-800-284-9488, 24/7 and they'll help you out.

  • Does Nestlé follow the World Health Organization (WHO) Code?

    The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes was developed by the World Health Organization in 1981. These guidelines are known as the WHO Code. We abide by the Code as implemented by every country and in high risk countries (as defined by high levels of infant mortality and malnutrition) we follow either the national regulation or the Nestlé policy depending on which is stricter.

     

    In the United States, which is not a signatory of the code and by Nestlé definition a low risk country, we affirm our belief that breastmilk is best within all consumer communication. We also encourage moms to breastfeed as long as possible. For parents who choose not to breastfeed, commercial formula is the best alternative.

     

    For information about how Nestlé complies with the WHO Code in developing countries and in other countries where the code is law, click here.

  • How do I find a hospital with Gerber® ready-to-feed formula?

    To find a hospital with Gerber® ready-to-feed formula, give us a call any time. We are awake when you are 24/7: 1-800-284-9488. 

General Product Questions

  • Can I return a product once I receive it?

    Yes
  • Opening an Account

    Opening an account is easy. Simply click My Account, or when you place an order, you will be prompted to log in with your email address and password. An account offers you a safe, easy and fast way to order. It also serves as way to track your order and receive emails about your order.
  • Payment Methods

    Opening an account is easy. Simply click My Account, or when you place an order, you will be prompted to log in with your email address and password. An account offers you a safe, easy and fast way to order. It also serves as way to track your order and receive emails about your order.
  • Promotion & Discounts

    Opening an account is easy. Simply click My Account, or when you place an order, you will be prompted to log in with your email address and password. An account offers you a safe, easy and fast way to order. It also serves as way to track your order and receive emails about your order.
  • Ship to Multiple Addresses

    Opening an account is easy. Simply click My Account, or when you place an order, you will be prompted to log in with your email address and password. An account offers you a safe, easy and fast way to order. It also serves as way to track your order and receive emails about your order.
  • Tax Information

    Opening an account is easy. Simply click My Account, or when you place an order, you will be prompted to log in with your email address and password. An account offers you a safe, easy and fast way to order. It also serves as way to track your order and receive emails about your order.
  • Auto-Delivery

    Opening an account is easy. Simply click My Account, or when you place an order, you will be prompted to log in with your email address and password. An account offers you a safe, easy and fast way to order. It also serves as way to track your order and receive emails about your order.

Beverages

  • How long may I keep leftover juice in the refrigerator?

    Once open, juice needs to be refrigerated. Our 4 oz. single serve juice must be used within 2 to 3 days and our 32 oz. juice must be used within 5 to 7 days.

     
     
  • Does Gerber Pure water contain fluoride?

    No. The Gerber® Pure process "purifies" the water with reverse osmosis that effectively removes any fluoride present from the source water.
  • Does my baby need more fluoride?

    Good question! The amount of fluoride that your baby needs and is getting depends on a number of factors such as whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding and your drinking water source.  Experts recommend talking with your baby's pediatrician or pediatric dentist to review the sources of fluoride in their diet to determine their own individual additional fluoride needs.

     

    Gerber Pure is not sponsored or endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics or the American Dental Association.

  • Do I need to boil Gerber Pure® water before mixing with my baby's formula?

    Parents may choose to boil Gerber Pure® water just as they may choose to boil tap water or any bottled water. Always follow the instructions on infant formula and Gerber Pure water labels. Ask your baby's doctor about infant formula feeding, including the need to sterilize (boil) water and preparation utensils before mixing formula.
  • Why is Gerber Pure® water Made for Mixing™* and not drinking water?

    Babies don't need to drink any additional fluids other than breastmilk or infant formula in the first year of life. In fact - breastmilk and infant formula are the only recommended fluids to drink in the first year. Talk to your doctor if you have specific questions about water and your baby. If you think your baby could be dehydrated, call your doctor immediately.

  • Do I need to dilute Gerber® juice when giving it to my child?

    No need to dilute unless you want to! Gerber® juices are 100% juice and ready to serve.

  • Why is it called Gerber Pure® water?

    Gerber Pure® water undergoes an extensive, multi-step process to ensure consistent purity and quality. It is purified by reverse osmosis and/or distillation and then filtered, UV treated, and ozonated to remove potential contaminants. What's left is clean water, pure and simple.* Ozonation, an excellent sanitizer, is the passing of ozone through water to purify the water. We have chosen the most stringent water quality standards and the most advanced purification process available.

     

    *Gerber Pure® water is not sterile. Always follow the instructions on the infant formula and Gerber Pure® water labels.

  • Should I put juice in a cup or can I give it to my baby in a bottle?

    Serving juice in a bottle isn't recommended so only serve juice in a cup. Juice is for children ages 1 year and up. They can add flavor and variety to her diet once she can drink from a cup.

Baby Cereal

  • How do I prepare baby cereal? How thick should I mix baby cereal?

    Pour or spoon desired amount of cereal in bowl. Your baby's first bite of "solids" should look more like thin milk. Mix 1 tablespoon of cereal with 4 to 5 tablespoons of breastmilk or formula until it has a thin, liquidy consistency. Over the next few days, use less liquid so the cereal isn't quite as thin. Eventually thicken cereal a bit by reducing the amount of liquid you add to the texture your baby prefers. For older babies, mix with baby food fruits or veggies for new tastes and textures.

     
     
  • Can I feed cereal from a bottle?

    We recommend that you do not feed cereal from a bottle, unless directed by your pediatrician. Feeding cereal from a spoon helps develop feeding skills.
  • How do I store cereal?

    Store your Gerber cereal canister in a cool, dry place. An opened container of cereal can be kept up to one month (30 days).

  • Can I warm my baby's cereal in the microwave?

    Your baby may not have a preference for warmed foods, so it's not always necessary. But, if they do, mix 1/4 cup of cereal with 1/4-1/3 cup unheated liquid. Warm at medium (50% power) 15 to 30 seconds*. Stir to even out temperature and test the temperature of the cereal before feeding.

     

    *If mixing with milk for children over one year, heat on high power for 15 to 20 seconds.

Baby Food

  • Can I warm baby food in the microwave?

    Yes. Remove as much food as you think your baby will eat at that meal and place it in a microwave-safe dish. Heat for only a few seconds at reduced power and warm to body temperature. Stir to eliminate any hot spots and always test the temperature before feeding your baby.

  • Can I store leftover baby food in the fridge?

    Yes, you can refrigerate unused portions of baby foods, as long as you didn't feed your baby directly from the package.

     

    For our pouches – Replace cap and refrigerate within 1 hour after opening and serve within 24 hours.

     

    For our tubs – Refrigerate after opening and use within 2 days. If heating, stir and test before feeding.

     

    For our jars - Refrigerate after opening and use within 2 days. If heating, stir and test before feeding.

  • Can I freeze Gerber baby foods?

    For best quality, do not allow the product to freeze as it can separate and become a poor texture. In addition, our plastic tub packaging is not designed to withstand freezing.

  • How do I prepare baby food?

    For our pouches: Spoon or squeeze food from the pouch into a serving dish for spoon feeding. You may serve warm, room temperature or chilled. Infants under 1 year should not be feeding directly from the pouch. Toddlers over 1 year of age can eat directly from the pouch as long as they are seated and supervised. For all children, keep cap out of reach.

     

    For our tubs and jars: Do not feed from the container if you would like to save and use leftovers. Purees may be served room temperature, warm or chilled. Your baby may not have a preference for warmed foods, so it's not always necessary. But you may want to warm refrigerated food to room temperature. Remove as much food as you think your baby will eat at that meal and place it in a microwave-safe dish. Heat for only a few seconds at reduced power and warm to body temperature. Stir to eliminate any hot spots and always test the temperature before feeding your baby.

  • Do baby foods need to be heated?

    No. All baby foods can be served cold, warm, or at room temperature. Your baby may not have a preference for warmed foods, so it's not necessary. But you may want to warm refrigerated food to room temperature.

Gerber Meals & Snacks

  • How do I store Gerber mealtime products?

    Toddler Meals, Pasta Pick-Ups® and Oatmeal & Barley Cereal: If the product has been heated and your baby has eaten directly from the container, discard any leftovers.
    Cover and refrigerate after opening. Discard unused portion after 2 days.

     

    Toddler Pouches: Unopened pouch can be stored at room temperature. Refrigerate within 1 hour of opening and serve within 24 hours.

  • When can I start feeding Lil' Sticks® meat sticks?

    Lil' Sticks® meat sticks have been specially designed for toddlers to self-feed in the Toddler stage. The unique stick shape is easy to hold. Lil' Sticks® meat sticks are made with a soft texture and are easy to chew and swallow.

     

    Toddler readiness cues include:

     

    Standing alone and beginning to walk alone
    Feeding self easily with fingers
    Beginning to use a spoon/fork
    Biting through a variety of textures

  • How will I know when my child is ready for Gerber® snacks, Toddler pouches, or meals products?

    Gerber offers a line of products that are appropriate for the Crawler to Toddler stages of your child's development. Read the package for the developmental cues that indicate your child may be ready for each product.

     

    Crawler readiness cues include:

     

    • Crawls with stomach off the floor 
    • May pull self up to stand 
    • Begins to self-feed with fingers 
    • Begins to use jaw to mash food

     

    Toddler readiness cues include:

     

    • Standing alone and beginning to walk alone 
    • Feeding self easily with fingers 
    • Beginning to use a spoon/fork 
    • Biting through a variety of textures
  • Do I have to microwave Gerber® toddler meal selections?

    No. All Gerber® meal products can be served at room temperature, but we recommend that you warm our toddler mealtime products and cereal products before serving to achieve the best possible taste and texture. Always test temperature before serving.

  • How do I store Gerber snack products?

    All Gerber snacks may be stored at room temperature.

     

    Teether Wheels, Lil' Crunchies®, Multi-Grain Bites: Carefully reseal after opening. Use within 5 days of removing seal for optimal freshness.

     

    Yogurt Melts®, Fruit & Veggie Melts®: Reseal after use. For maximum freshness use within 7 days of opening. Melts may become difficult to chew if exposed to air for an extended period. Always check the product texture before serving.

     

    Banana Cookies: Gerber Banana Cookies are designed to have a soft, not crunchy, texture that is easy to chew for toddlers. Once opened, carefully reseal completely and store at room temperature. If you notice that the texture of the cookie becomes harder, more brittle or less easy to chew then the texture may no longer be appropriate for your child depending on their eating skill development.

     

    Arrowroot Biscuits, Animal Crackers, Lil' Biscuits: Reseal after opening. Use within 7 days of opening for optimal freshness.

     

    Puffs: Reseal carefully and store in a cool, dry place and store in your pantry or cabinet.

     

    Fruit & Veggie Pick-Ups™: After opening, these should be refrigerated and used within 2 days.

  • How do I store Gerber Yogurt products?

    Refrigerate after opening and use within two days.

Organic

  • What does "USDA-certified organic" mean?

    Organic foods meet the same quality and safety standards as conventional foods. The difference lies in how the food is produced, processed and handled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sets forth a strict set of guidelines that products must meet to be considered "certified organic." All organic foods must be produced according to these guidelines and certified by a USDA-accredited inspection agency. Organic farmers are required to keep detailed records of crops and only materials approved by the USDA may be used. If a food bears a "USDA Organic" label, it means it's produced and processed according the strict standards set by the USDA National Organic Program.

     

  • What Gerber® Organic products does Gerber offer?

    The Gerber® Organic line has choices for all of your baby's stages, which include Organic baby formula, baby cereals, baby foods, meal options, snacks and juices.

  • Can I start my baby on solid foods using Gerber® Organic products?

    Yes. Around the middle of her first year, your baby may be a Supported sitter and ready for solid foods! Before starting solid foods, be sure to discuss it with your pediatrician. If you'd like your baby's first foods to be organic, start her on Gerber® Organic Oatmeal or Gerber® Organic Rice cereals. Once your baby is eating cereal, introduce Gerber®Organic 1st Foods® vegetables and fruits.

Newborn

  • My pediatrician said my baby has colic. Do you have any products for babies with colic?

    Gerber has products that may help address colic, excessive crying and fussiness.  If you are breastfeeding, try Gerber Soothe Colic Drops – a probiotic supplement with L. reuteri.  L. reuteri has been shown in clinical studies to reduce crying time by 50% in as little as 1 week.  Soothe Drops are also available with Vitamin D.  If you are formula feeding, you might try switching to Gerber® Good Start®

     

Supported Sitter

  • I just started my baby on solids – how much should I offer?

    Welcome to the exciting world of solid food – such an exciting time! Just remember that her first tastes usually start off small, usually less than a tablespoon or two. Eventually she'll work her way up to eating more. Remember, in these early days healthy eating habits are being established so it's important to always follow your LO's hunger and fullness cues. Questions about examples of serving sizes and nutritious menus? Check out our menu planner today!
  • I think my baby is ready for solid food – how do I know for sure and what should I start with?

    That's so exciting! Every baby is different so be sure to check in with your pediatrician to see if your LO is ready to start the solid food adventure. Around the middle of the first year, babies may be ready if they have good head control and can sit up with help. Once you and your pediatrician have decided your baby is ready, start with iron fortified baby cereal to help provide this important nutrient. Don't worry if your baby doesn't know what to do or really eat much, they are learning how to get their first tastes so more may end up on their bib than in their mouth! Questions? Give Dotti a shout to speak with one of our RDs.

Sitter

  • I am starting to introduce more variety to my baby but she doesn't seem to like certain things. Should I give up after my first try?

    Nope def not! Sometimes your LO knows that she definitely likes something while other times, it seems that she doesn't. Eating different foods and tastes is a learning process for babies so don't give up! Just remember the expression on your baby's face may look like "ewww" but it actually may be a look of "wow this is new!" Research shows that it can take up to 10 tries for a baby to accept a new food. Questions about feeding your baby? Get in touch with Dotti to speak with one of our Registered Dietitians.
  • I think my baby is ready for solid food – how do I know for sure and what should I start with?

    While pouches are super convenient, especially on the go, we recommend squeezing the food onto a spoon or into a bowl so that your Sitter still eats from a spoon. This is important because it gives her time to let you know she wants (or doesn't want!) the next bite so you can respond to her cues. And – eating from a spoon helps her develop her eating skills.

Crawler

  • My baby is ready for finger foods – what are some options I can give him?

    Moving onto finger foods is an exciting step! Just make sure you are giving him developmentally appropriate meals and snacks that are easy to pick up and easy to chew and swallow. Try small pieces of soft fruits such as diced strawberries or Gerber® Fruit Pick-Ups™ – Apple, soft diced avocado, or Gerber Crawler snacks. These can be great on the high chair tray as part of a meal or in between. Add soft cooked vegetables such as soft cooked carrot dices or Gerber Veggie Pick-Ups™ to his meals. Need menu ideas for your Crawler? Be sure to check out our menu planner for a nutritious variety of developmentally appropriate foods to offer your LO.
  • When can I introduce a cup to my baby?

    Around 6-8 months, babies are eager to learn new skills so this may be a great time to try introducing a cup. At first, be sure to show her how it's done. Imitate holding and drinking from a cup – she'll likely try to do the same. Offer an open cup and let her play with it at first, then try adding a small amount of water. It'll take time to learn how it's done, but practice makes perfect! Questions? Get in touch with Dotti for more info.

Toddler

  • Can I give my baby milk before she turns one?

    It's best to wait till one year of age before regular milk is your baby's main beverage. Your baby needs many nutrients for healthy growth and development and unfortunately cow's milk doesn't have the same amounts of nutrients that are in breastmilk or formula. It's fine to wait until even later if you are breastfeeding now – overall the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests parents wait to introduce cow's milk until after their baby's first birthday. Questions? Reach out to your pediatrician or get in touch with Dotti in the meantime to chat with a Registered Dietitian.
  • My Toddler wants to feed himself now – should I let him practice self-feeding?

    Yes! As messy as it may be…he's learning important feeding skills. Make sure to offer him developmentally appropriate utensils or let him use his fingers. And don't forget to let him know he's doing a great job! So go ahead and give him those 2 spoons and let him have at it. Need toddler appropriate food ideas? Check out our menu planner to find options for self-feeders.

Preschooler

  • My kiddo wants to help me in the kitchen. What are some ideas of things she can do?

    That's great! Take her food shopping with you to help pick out foods for her meals and snacks. When you get home, have her help unpack and put away in the refrigerator or pantry. When it comes time for food prep, after washing her own hands well, have her wash and rinse foods such as produce. Give her the spinach or lettuce to rip apart for the salad. If the food is very soft, have her try cutting with a butter knife (always under your supervision of course!)
  • My Toddler wants to feed himself now – should I let him practice self-feeding?

    We sure do! You can text Dotti to set up an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitians to discuss his diet. You can also check out our menu planner to find nutritious developmentally appropriate menus for your preschooler.
 

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