Essential First Food for All Parents to Know About

This post is sponsored by Gerber® but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Raise your hand if you’re a proud breastfeeding mama 🙋? Let me set the record straight: I’m not one to think breastfeeding > formula. I think fed is best, and whichever way works for you and your little, you keep on rockin’ and give that baby milk anyway they’ll take it. But because I’m a first-time mom and we’ve had success nursing, that’s all I know. And I’m damn proud of us for it. Having an exclusively breastfed diet, however, leaves a few necessary vitamins and nutrients out of the equation that baby needs, especially those under 12 months old. That’s where Gerber infant cereal comes into play!

DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that our little ones need iron to help support healthy brain development? Just two servings of Gerber infant cereal meet 100% of your baby’s daily iron needs. In addition to iron, it also contains essential nutrients like zinc, calcium, Vitamin C, E and six B vitamins for healthy development. I love that the cereal is complimentary to breast milk (for breastfeeding moms) – I just mix breast milk in with the cereal so Daisy can get the best of both worlds. You can use any milk, though, or even juice if your baby is over twelve months old.

MAKE MEAL TIME FUN!
Daisy has been eating Gerber oatmeal and rice cereal since she was around seven months old, and since then we’ve gotten creative with it. She loves it when I add fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries or bananas, stir in some baby yogurt, or sprinkle cinnamon on top. When we were ready to introduce her to peanut butter, I mixed a little in with her cereal which became another favorite breakfast for her. I’ve also made banana pancakes and muffins with it! Daisy always signs “more” the second the eats a bite … every time. So cute!

WHY GERBER SINGLE-GRAIN CEREAL?
Grain cereals tend get a bad wrap. I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor, but I have done enough research to know that babies need specific nutrients, and the Gerber cereals contain just those. There’s a reason they’ve been around for decades! My pediatrician suggested introducing them to Daisy when she turned six months old, and I know many other moms who swear by them. Single-grain infant cereals are an ideal first solid food to check for food sensitivities and help develop baby’s eating skills. The cereals contain DHA, which helps support brain and eye development, and Probiotic Bifidus BL helps support digestive health when eaten on a regular basis. They’re also Non-GMO (not made with genetically engineered ingredients, contain no artificial colors or flavors, and the package made with no BPA. Win – win – win!

SAVE SOME MOOLAH!
Babies. They ain’t cheap. I don’t know one mama who would turn down saving a few dollars whenever possible, right? I’ve got your back, girlfriend! If you’re a Publix shopper like myself, definitely take advantage of their coupon system and save on any Gerber Cereal by downloading a coupon for purchase HERE. You can also use the $1 off two Gerber Cereal items digital coupon – whoohoo! Lots of other great coupons for baby, too.

I hope you found this post helpful! I’d love to hear any ways you incorporate cereals into your baby’s diet or recipes. Comment below if you have any good tips/suggestions. And don’t forget to take advantage of the coupon HERE while you can (it doesn’t expire until January 2019!).

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you back here again soon!

(P.s. This is what happens when it’s gone! LOL)

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