Gerber is one of the most well known and popular baby food companies. According to Gerber.com, their slogan, “Start Healthy, Stay Healthy,” refers to their nutrition system, designed in stages to help simplify the feeding transition from birth to 4 years old. Their baby-food products are developed based on nutritional research to match baby’s developmental stage and to provide the best nutritional start possible. Cereal is usually the first introduction to baby food following a strictly milk-based diet. However, when baby is ready to progress past cereal, Gerber Stage 1 baby food is the next step.
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Gerber calls their Stage 1 foods "Gerber 1st Foods," which is the stage after cereal, the first solid food introduction. Gerber 1st Foods introduce essential fruits and vegetables into the diet. They consist of one single food pureed into a smooth, easy-to-swallow texture for babies who are just learning to eat. The fruit or vegetable contains no sauces, flavorings, or added sugar, salt or starch. Many varieties are excellent sources for vitamin C or vitamin A.
One variety of Gerber 1st Foods fruits and vegetables is called Gerber NatureSelect. Gerber NatureSelect 1st Foods fruits include apples, bananas, peaches, pears and prunes. NatureSelect 1st Foods vegetables include carrots, peas, green beans, sweet potatoes and squash.
Gerber 1st Foods also come in the organic variety. Organic Gerber 1st Foods meet the strict standards given by the USDA’s Organic Program. Gerber produces their own organic food and ensures the quality of their fields by performing rigorous soil testing. Organic 1st Foods fruits include applesauce, bananas, pears and prunes. Vegetables include carrots, peas and sweet potatoes.
When to Start
Baby cereal is usually introduced between the ages of 4 and 6 months. After a couple of weeks or a month, when baby becomes more comfortable eating from a spoon and seems adept at eating the cereal, it is time to start introducing the Stage 1 foods.
How to Feed
Each Gerber 1st Food comes in packages of two containers with re-sealable lids. This is because baby will start out with small bites as he gets used to new tastes. This allows you to spoon small quantities at a time and save the rest in the refrigerator. Also, sometimes it takes many tries to get baby used to a particular food, so you can occasionally try the saved portion again, over the next couple days. Avoid dipping a used spoon into the original container because that will introduce bacteria and cause the remainder to spoil faster.