Colorful combinations of fruits and veggies

  • Once your baby has tried single fruit and veggie baby food, it may be the time to try combinations of fruits and veggies.
  • Most fruit and veggies have Vitamin C or Vitamin A or Potassium and phytonutrients that are all important for your baby’s healthy growth and development.
  • Different-colored foods have different nutrients; try each color so she gets a healthy variety.
  • Always follow her hunger and fullness cues.

While breastmilk and/or infant formula is still your Sitter’s main source of nutrition, this might also be the right time to broaden your little one’s taste horizons with mixed fruits and veggies. Before introducing new tastes, make sure:
  • She is used to eating foods from a spoon.
  • She has already tried infant cereals and single fruits and vegetable purees.
  • She has eaten each food individually and shows no sensitivity.

All in her own time

Babies develop their feeding skills at different rates, so don’t worry if your baby seems ready for more advanced solids sooner or later than others her age. If you have any concerns, be sure to speak with your pediatrician.

Sitter-sized servings

Half of a tub or half a pouch of GERBER® 2ND FOODS® fruit or vegetable puree is about 3 to 4 tbsp.

Vegetable purees
Serving size: 3 tbsp.
Daily goal: 4 tbsp. or ¼ cup
Examples: ½ tub or ½ pouch of GERBER® 2ND FOODS® vegetable baby food is equivalent to 3 tbsp.

Fruit purees
Serving size: 3 tbsp.
Daily goal: 4 tbsp. or ¼ cup
Examples: ½ tub or ½ pouch of GERBER® 2ND FOODS® fruit baby food is equivalent to 3 tbsp.   

The goodness in fruit and vegetables
Many fruits and vegetables have important nutrients, including:

Vitamin A, aids in healthy vision and cell growth throughout the body.

Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps keep gums healthy and can help babies absorb Iron when eaten with other Iron-rich foods like infant cereal.   

Potassium, a mineral that works in the nervous system and helps muscles contract.  

Getting that goodness

Here are some tips to help your baby get the nutrition she needs:

Try traditional favorites first
Although the order that you introduce fruits and vegetables doesn’t matter, you may want to try favorites first—like applesauce, bananas, carrots and sweet potatoes.

Try new with familiar
Offer new flavors along with familiar favorites. It could take up to 10 tries before your baby likes some fruits and veggies.

Try all the colors of the rainbow
Different colored fruits and vegetables have different nutrients, so trying each color group will help give her a variety of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

Phytonutrients promote health in a number of ways that scientists are still discovering.

Don't give up if your baby rejects a food. It can take up to ten tries of a new food before she actually likes it. Trying a wide variety of foods is important in helping to accept new flavors.

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