Your Crawler's Food Group Guide

Crawler (8-12 months)
By Gerber

Crawler Nutrition

 

You know exactly how fast your crawler can move—so it's no surprise they need nutritious calories to fuel their belly rolls and silly dances. Check out the following chart listing the daily nutrition goals and food groups for your Crawler as a guideline for preparing their meals.

Daily nutrition goals & food groups for Crawlers

 

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® Gentle (HMO) Powder Infant Formula

Natura Stage 1 Organic Infant Formula with Iron

Vegetables

½ cup

½-1 tub of Gerber Lil’ Bits® vegetables

½ tray Gerber Vegetable Pick-ups Carrots (10 months or older)

Lil’ Bits® Mixed Carrot Corn Butternut Squash

Gerber Vegetable Pick-ups Carrots (10 months or older)

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

Fruits

½ cup

½- 1 tub of Gerber Lil’ Bits® fruits

½ tray Gerber Fruit Pick-ups Diced Apples (10 months or older)

Lil’ Bits® Orchard Fruit Medley

Gerber Fruit Pick-ups Diced Apples (10 months or older)

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

Meat/Beans

1 ounce

2 tablespoons of Gerber 2nd Foods meats

Gerber 2nd Foods® Ham and Gravy

Scrambled eggs

Grains

1 ounce equivalent

¼ cup (4 tablespoons) Gerber Dry Infant Cereal

1 tub Gerber Lil’ Bits® cereals

Lil’ Bits® Cereal Oatmeal Apple Cinnamon

Lil’ Bits® Cereal Whole Wheat Apple Blueberry

DHA & Probiotic Cereal Oatmeal

Soft cooked noodles


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

Depending on your little one's chewing ability and interest, they may be ready to try something new, which helps support your Crawler's nutrition. These new foods can be introduced when your child is developmentally ready:


3rd Foods® Lil’ Bits® Fruits or Vegetables

These Lil' Bits® provide good practice for up-and-down, forward-and-back tongue motion prior to swallowing, and help your little one learn to use their lips for wiping food from a spoon.


3rd Foods® Lil’ Bits® Dinners and Cereals

Created with a thick baby food that hugs the small, soft pieces of fruit, veggie, pasta or grain, this mixture allows your baby to feel texture without having to manage all those separate pieces.


Puffs & Yogurt Melts® Snacks

Easy to pick up and dissolves in their mouth, this snack helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.


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

Made of very soft veggies and fruits that mash up easily, this texture helps Crawlers that are 10 months old and older develop their eating skills.