Your Sitter's nutrition
Your Sitter's nutrition
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 fruit and vegetable purees.
- She has eaten most foods individually and shows no sensitivity.
Foods for your Sitter's nutrition
You can introduce variety—while still keeping breastmilk or formula as her main source of nutrition. Early exposure to new foods and flavors is important to help with acceptance. Here is a helpful food chart that shows the suggested daily intake of food groups and examples of products that meet your Sitter’s nutritional needs and will introduce variety to your sitter:
|Food Group||Amount Per Day*||Serving Size Example||Product Example|
|Breastmilk or infant formula||24 fl oz.||On demand||Stage 1 Gerber® Good Start® Gentle Formula
Stage 2 Gerber® Good Start®Gentle Formula
|Grains and cereals||
½cup (8 Tbsp.)
|Twice a day – ¼ cup (4 Tbsp.) dry infant cereal with Iron||Gerber® Single-Grain Cereals (Oatmeal, Rice)
Gerber® Organic Oatmeal Cereal
Gerber® DHA & Probiotic Cereals (Oatmeal, Rice)
Gerber® Organic Rice Cereal
Gerber® Whole Wheat Cereal
|Vegetables||¼ cup||Twice a day – 2 Tbsp. vegetable puree baby food||Gerber® 2nd Foods® Vegetables
Gerber® Organic 2nd Foods®Vegetables
Gerber® 2nd Foods® Dinners
|Fruits||¼ cup||Twice a day – 2 Tbsp. fruit puree baby food||Gerber® 2nd Foods® Fruits
Gerber® Organic 2nd Foods® Fruits
|Meat||½ oz.||Twice a day – 1 Tbsp. of puree baby food meat or poultry||Gerber® 2nd Foods® Meats|
* Your baby’s needs may be greater or less than these stated; always follow your baby’s hunger and fullness cues
Iron is important for your Sitter's growth and development
It’s been found that around 18% of babies, ages 6 to 11 months, are not getting enough iron in their diet. 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 supply, which babies are born with, runs out. Breastfed babies need supplemental Iron at this time, which can be found in iron-fortified baby cereal and pureed meats.