Crawler nutrition basics

Crawler (8-12 months)
By Gerber

Crawler Nutrition

Daily nutrition goals & food groups for Crawlers


You know your little one needs a variety of tastes and textures for healthy growth and development, but sometimes it's a challenge to visualize what that means. We've put together a few examples to help make it easier.


Food Group

Amount per day

Serving Size examples

Product/Food examples

Breastmilk or infant formula

24 fluid ounces

On demand or 4 fl oz

Gerber® Good Start® Infant Formulas

Gerber® Natura Organic Infant Formula


½ cup

½-1 tub of Gerber® Lil’ Bits® vegetables

½ tray Gerber® Veggie Pick-Ups™ Carrots (10 months or older)

Gerber® Lil’ Bits® vegetable varieties

Gerber® Veggie Pick-Ups™ (10 months or older)

Small soft pieces of cooked vegetables – soft diced green beans, zucchini, or spinach


½ cup

½- 1 tub of Gerber® Lil’ Bits® fruits

½ tray Gerber® Fruit Pick-Ups™ Diced Apples (10 months or older)

Gerber® Lil’ Bits® Fruit varieties

Gerber® Fruit Pick-Ups™ Varieties (10 months or older)

Small soft pieces of fruit – such as diced strawberries, halved blueberries, diced peaches


1 ounce

2 tablespoons of Gerber® 2nd Foods® meats

Gerber® 2nd Foods® meats

Scrambled eggs


1 ounce equivalent

¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Gerber® Baby Cereals

1 tub Gerber® Lil’ Bits® cereals

Gerber® Lil’ Bits® Cereals

Gerber® Lil’ Bits® baby food cereal varieties                 

Soft cooked noodles


*Your baby’s needs may be greater or less than these stated; always follow your baby’s hunger and fullness cues.


Finding the right food for your Crawler


Did you know that new textures actually help your baby develop their eating skills? It's true! Depending on their chewing ability and interest, they may be ready to try something new, and that's great because it will help broaden their sources of nutrition. When your child is developmentally ready, here's some foods to give a try.


3RD FOODS® Lil’ Bits® Fruits or Vegetables


The little pieces make for good practice when it comes to side-to-side tongue movements and up and down jaw action.


3RD FOODS® Lil’ Bits® Dinners and Cereals


These dinners and cereals are made of a thick baby food that hugs the small, soft pieces of fruit, veggie, pasta or grain. It's a mixture that helps your baby experience new textures—without having to figure out how to handle all those separate pieces.

Puffs & Yogurt Melts® Snacks


Not only are they easy to pick up—which helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination—Puffs & Yogurt Melts® Snacks dissolve in your baby's mouth for a simple and fun treat.

Veggie Pick-Ups™ Diced Carrots and Fruit Pick-Ups™ Apple


Made up of very soft veggies and fruits that mash up easily in your little one's mouth—this texture helps your baby practice their eating skills. Try this one with your Crawler when they are 10 months or older.