Understanding your Supported Sitter's nutrition

  • Breastmilk or Iron-fortified formula should still be your Supported Sitter'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 for healthy Supported Sitter nutrition.

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, she may be ready for solid foods like Iron-rich, single-grain infant cereal to your Supported Sitter's diet.

Is she ready?

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

Introducing baby food

All babies are different, and develop at their own pace to become ready for solid foods. It's important to follow your baby’s hunger and fullness cues. When you feel she’s ready, starting solids helps your Supported Sitter in many ways:

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

Single-grain infant cereals,
like rice cereal, are 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.

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 Supported Sitter 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. 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.

Baby's main dish!

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

Supported Sitter’s Daily Intake

As your baby continues to develop during the first 4-6 months, pay attention to developmental cues which signal she is ready for solids and take the steps needed in preparing for a nutritious meal plan. Here is a useful chart to help you learn how much of each food group you should be giving to best provide for your Supported Sitter’s nutrition: 
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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