Sitter nutrition and food choices

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  • Sitters may be interested in table foods, but aren’t developmentally ready for them yet.
  • Iron is important at this stage—it helps support healthy brain development.
  • Check out our useful chart to learn serving size examples for each food group.

Your baby may want to try the foods that she sees her family eating, even though she may have just started eating solid foods. But she’s not ready for table foods just yet…

Once your baby has mastered Iron-rich infant cereal and single fruits and vegetables baby food, try adding meat or poultry and combination baby food to give her the variety she needs.

Baby's main dish

Breastmilk or infant formula should still be your baby’s main source of nutrition.

Food Group Daily Intake* Serving Size Example Product Example
Breastmilk or infant formula 24 fl oz. On demand GERBER® GOOD START® Protect Formula
Grains and cereals

½

cup (8 tblsp.)
Twice a day – ¼ cup (4 tblsp.) dry infant cereal with Iron GERBER® Single-Grain Cereals (Rice, Oatmeal)
GERBER® DHA & Probiotic Rice Cereal
GERBER® Organic Brown Rice Cereal
GERBER® Organic Oatmeal Cereal
GERBER® Whole Wheat Cereal
Vegetables ¼ cup Twice a day – 2 tblsp. vegetable puree baby food GERBER® 2ND FOODS® Vegetables
GERBER® Organic 2ND FOODS® Vegetables
GERBER® 2ND FOODS® Dinners
Fruits ¼ cup Twice a day – 2 tblsp. fruit puree baby food GERBER® 2ND FOODS® Fruits
GERBER® Organic 2ND FOODS® Fruits
Meat ½ oz. Twice a day – 1 tblsp. of puree baby food meat or poultry GERBER® 2ND FOODS® Meats
GERBER® 2ND FOODS® Dinners (varieties with meat or poultry contain at least ⅓ oz. of meat or poultry per jar)
*Average estimated intake. Your baby’s needs may be greater or less than these stated; always follow your baby’s hunger and fullness cues

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Iron is important for Sitters

It’s been found that around 12% of babies ages 6 to 11 months are not getting enough Iron daily.* Iron supports healthy brain development and helps your baby’s red blood cells carry oxygen around her body.

At around the middle of the first year, the natural Iron stores which babies are born with may begin to deplete. Breastfed babies need supplemental Iron and Zinc at this time, which can be found in infant cereal and pureed meats.
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