Supported Sitter nutrition

  • Breastmilk or Iron-fortified formula should still be your baby’s main source of nutrition.
  • Iron-fortified infant cereal is typically the first solid food introduced to infants.
  • Introduce new foods one at a time and watch for any allergic reactions.
  • Check out our useful chart to learn how much of each food group you should be giving.

Your ambitious Supported Sitter may reach for something she sees you eating, but breastmilk or Iron-fortified formula should still be first for her nutrition. Around 4 to 6 months, when you start noticing your baby’s developmental cues, like having head control and sitting with little support, you can start adding solid foods like Iron-rich, single-grain infant cereal. 

Is she ready?

Take this quick quiz to find out if your baby is ready to start solid foods.

Introducing baby food

Starting solids helps your Supported Sitter in many ways:

  • Develops eating skills like tongue, lip and cheek control.
  • Iron-fortified infant cereal replenishes Iron reserves that are running low at this age.
  • Supports her growing need for calories and nutrients.

Single-grain infant cereals,
like rice cereal, is the most common first solid food introduced to infants. That’s because they’re easy to digest, and the smooth texture is great for developing eating skills. Iron-fortified infant cereal also provides the Iron needed for healthy growth and brain development. Two servings of GERBER® Infant cereal will provide 90% of the daily value of Iron for infants.

Single-grain cereals
are also a good way to check for food intolerances and sensitivities. Give them a try, and wait about three days between each type of cereal to check if your baby tolerates them.

Fruit and vegetable baby food
will come into play once your little one is more comfortable eating solids. Just like cereal, introduce these one at a time and keep an eye out for allergic reactions like diarrhea, rash or vomiting. If you see these signs, stop feeding and call your pediatrician.

Baby's main dish!

While you introduce solids to your little one, keep in mind that breastmilk or Iron-fortified formula should still be her main source of nutrition for the first year.

Food Groups Daily Intake* Serving Size Examples Product Examples
Breastmilk or Infant Formula 24 fl oz. On demand GERBER® GOOD START® Gentle Formula
Grains 3/4 - 1 oz. Twice a day - 1/4 cup (6-8 tablespoons) 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
Vegetables 1/4 cup Twice a day - 2 tablespoons vegetable baby food (single vegetable variety) GERBER® 1st FOODS® Vegetables
Fruits 1/4 cup Twice a day - 2 tablespoons fruit baby food (single vegetable variety) GERBER® 1st FOODS® Fruits
*Your baby’s needs may be greater or less than these typical amounts suggested; always follow your baby’s hunger and fullness cues. Check with your doctor if you have questions about how much your infant needs

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