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.picture_as_pdfVIEW PDF BROCHURE picture_as_pdfVIEW PDF INFOGRAPHIC
- Crawls with stomach off the floor
- May pull self to stand
- Struggles to get objects out of reach
- 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
- 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
- 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
Consider these general guidelines. Manage baby’s intake using hunger and fullness cues.
Start introducing more textures to baby. Foods should be soft and bite-sized - think small cubes or dices.
Build on flavor variety with texture variety - thickly mashed food with little pieces of soft-cooked veggies mixed in are fun try.
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.
- 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
Puts fingers in mouth and is fussy
Reaches for food to say “time to eat"
- 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
Turns head or leans away from spoon
Clamps lips shut; stops opening mouth
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