Development-based Milestones

The Gerber Nutrition Journey is a unique milestone-based plan with guidance on developmentally appropriate feeding choices. In line with the CDC developmental milestones and the Dietary Guidelines for feeding infants and children, the Gerber Nutrition Journey recommends starting with breastfeeding because breastmilk is the ideal food for babies. Once baby is ready, Gerber can provide guidance on developmentally-appropriate feeding choices.

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Crawler Development

Gross Motor

Baby crawling on the floor.
  • Crawls with stomach off the floor
  • May pull self to stand
  • Struggles to get objects out of reach

Fine Motor

Baby putting fingers in their mouth.
  • Begins to self-feed finger foods as pincer grasp is developing
  • Begins to manipulate objects correctly (spoon) but does not use it for self feeding yet
  • Explores objects with hands and mouth
  • Can hold lidded cup independently

Oral Motor

Baby making a face with puffed out cheeks with food in their mouth.
  • Developing tongue lateralization used to move food to jaw line for mashing and chewing
  • Begins to use jaw to mash and chew food
  • Begins to track and sort pieces of food in the mouth

Crawler Nutrition

Eating skills

  • Plays with spoon at mealtime, may bring it to mouth, but does not use it for self-feeding yet
  • Holds a cup with a lid independently
Spoon of food being held towards a baby with its mouth partially open.

Feeding Tips

3 meals plus 3 snacks per day are general guidelines.

Consider these general guidelines. Manage baby’s intake using hunger and fullness cues.

Three piles of diced up peppers.

Start introducing more textures to baby. Foods should be soft and bite-sized - think small cubes or dices.

Bowl of soup with diced up vegetables.

Build on flavor variety with texture variety - thickly mashed food with little pieces of soft-cooked veggies mixed in are fun try.

Bowl of popcorn.

Baby is also ready to try finger foods made for babies that dissolve quickly in the mouth.

Dietary variety is the best way to ensure a child gets adequate nutrition and can help minimize exposure to any one heavy metal. View the BabyMatters Understanding Heavy Metals series for more information and tips.

Keep in mind

Infant cereal is still an excellent source of iron and can be mixed in a range of textures
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Hunger Cues

  • Shows excitement when food is presented
  • Makes noise to get parent’s attention: cry, fuss, kick legs, bang toys on tray, etc.
  • Puts things into mouth: fingers, cup, toys
  • Focuses on feeding; watches parent prepare, bring, dish and spoon the food

I'm hungry!

Smiling putting fingers in their mouth.

Puts fingers in mouth and is fussy

Baby's hand reaching for popcorn on a table.

Reaches for food to say “time to eat"

Fullness Cues

  • Shakes head to say “no more” when full
  • Bats, pushes, or drops the serving dish off feeding surface
  • Clamps lips shut, stops opening mouth
  • Leans back away from offered food and may close eyes
  • May stick tongue out when food is offered

I'm hungry!

Baby with mouth shut turning away from food.

Turns head or leans away from spoon

Baby clamping lips shit making a pucker face.

Clamps lips shut; stops opening mouth

Products for Crawler

Infant Cereal

Developmentally appropriate textures that meet a growing infants' needs with essential nutrients like iron for brain and cognitive development, B vitamins, vitamin E, C, Zinc and Calcium.

Gerber Infant Cereal products showing three varieties: Rice, Grain and Grow oatmeal banana, and Powerblend Probiotic oatmeal

Baby Foods

Made from wholesome vegetables, fruits, whole grains, meats, legumes and more in developmentally appropriate textures and a wide variety of tastes.

Gerber baby food products for Banana puree, Fruit and Yogurt strawberry banana, and Organic Veggiepower sweet potato.


Designed for the nutrition and developmental needs of infants and toddlers..

Gerber snack products for Yogurt Melts, Lil' Crunchies, and Grain and Grow Puffs.