Look at that baby go (and grow)! Your little one knows how to pull themselves up and is on the move, learning to mash and chew and even self-feeding with their fingers. We’re here to help you keep up, and plan nutritious meals for a kiddo who rarely slows down.

By preferences

Physical Skills

  • Crawls with tummy off the ground.
  • May pull herself up to a stand.
  • Gets her hands on everything in sight.


Eating Skills

  • Can begin to experience more texture, but not equipped to handle it separately within the mouth.
  • Moves food side to side with tongue to the jawline for mashing & chewing.
  • Can hold spoons and cups with lids, but not necessarily for self-feeding.
  • Begins to self-feed with fingers.
What to know now

Refining the art of eating

Learning how to eat food is a whole (messy) process. Your baby sees you eating and wants to join in on the fun, but they can’t quite yet. They’re still learning how to mash their food, hold a spoon and tell different foods apart. It’s a lot to take on, but we've got the tips to help make the process a little easier.
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Frequently asked questions

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.


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