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First things first, I’m not a pro at this momma thing – but I love sharing what works for Liv and myself and the products we love.

The Essential First Food For Starting Solids

We started Liv on solids the day she turned 6 months, the day we came home from her 6 month well visit to be exact (Shared her 6 month well visit photo just for that throw back above ^). I had no idea where to start and there were so many different ways to start babies on solids. I think my biggest fear was Liv wouldn’t need me anymore and become more independent. Which in the end she has become more independent since starting solids, but I know she’ll always need me.

With being a first time momma I was extremely nervous of Liv having food sensitivities and allergies. We don’t have any allergies to food that my husband and I know of, but I myself am lactose intolerant. One of the first solids recommended by almost every momma I talked to was single-grain infant cereal!

The Essential First Food For Starting Solids

Did y’all know that Gerber makes it easy by letting you know what foods to start with based on age and developmental level in the bottom right corner? Genius, right? When we started solids we wanted to make sure it wouldn’t affect breastfeeding . Gerber Infant Cereal is actually a good addition to breastfeeding momma’s. So that was a definite plus for us!

The Essential First Food For Starting Solids

These days we’re always looking for healthy and easy food to feed Liv. So making sure it’s non-GMO, has no artificial colors or flavoring, packaging is BPA Free and little to no sugar is what’s best for us and her.




At 6 months Liv was eating solids once a day for her to learn how to eat. Her diet mainly consisted of breastmilk and she’d eat Gerber Infant Cereal in the morning to ease into our morning routine. Gerber cereal has essential nutrients such as Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin C, E and six B Vitamins for healthy development. Iron especially helps  with healthy brain development!

– Gerber Infant Cereal (Download Coupon here!)
– Mashed Banana’s
– Mashed Sweet Potato


At 7 months, Livvie started eating solids two times a day and started teething hardcore! So she would eat puffs and teething rice crackers like no ones business. I thought she would choke on puffs and rice crackers since they were more solid than anything she had been eating, but they dissolve instantly. I would know, I tried one! They’re designed for that stage so choking is only a hazard if they shove a handful in their mouths – which she has also done before. She was spoon-fed Gerber Purees and we gave her Fruit + Veggie Squeezes when we were out and about or at a restaurant (We buy these in bulk at Costco). Peas were the only small table food she took interest in that was similar to puffs she was able to pick it up on her own. However, she swallowed them whole.

– Gerber Purees for Supported Sitters/Sitters (Download Coupon here.)
– Gerber Puffs
– Gerber Yogurt Melts
– HappyBaby Super Puffs
– Teething Rice Crackers
– Mashed Avocado
– Fruit + Veggie Squeeze Pouches (On-the-Go Snack)
– Peas


At 8 months, Livvie started eating solids 3 times a day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So she basically ate when I ate, that was the only way I could remember! I know that sounds silly, but feeding solids is a lot more tedious than just breastfeeding. Livvie also became very interested in feeding herself. I continued to spoon feed her, but when there was a little left in the container I’d let her explore the spoon and the lil’ bits food whether she wanted to eat it with her hands or smear it all over the highchair.

– Gerber Lil’ Bits  (Download Coupon here.)
– Gerber Yogurt Bites
– Gerber Puffs
– HappyBaby Super Puffs
– Avocado Chunks
– Fruit + Veggie Squeeze Pouches (On-the-Go Snack)
– Teething Rice Crackers
– Gerber Yogurt Melts


At 9 months, Liv mostly ate table food cut into bite size pieces. She’s a big fan of dairy which is good because it doesn’t look like she’s lactose intolerant like momma. Anything with cheese and blue berries are basically LIFE to her. We swapped out the puffs for snack time and just keep it in the diaper bag now. We started giving her Gerber Lil’ Crunchies that “look” like mini Cheeto Puffs as a filler while we’re getting her food ready for lunch and dinner. Usually if one of those meals isn’t already made those are our go-to’s. At this stage she was becoming aware of different food textures. Meaning, if we gave her too many new food textures together it was a no-go for ALL of it. So we started only giving her two foods at a time and she would eat all her food.

– Table Food cut into bite size pieces
– Gerber Lil’ Crunchies (Download Coupon here.)
– Fruit + Veggie Squeeze Pouches (On-the-Go Snack)
– Teething Rice Crackers


Livvie has started back up on Gerber Infant Cereal in the mornings with blue berries, strawberries, black berries, and bananas to make sure she is getting enough iron, well because…she’s EXTREMELY picky. I have no idea where it came from, but we continue to try the same foods she’s picky with to prevent her from being the “chicken tender + Mac n’ cheese kid.” She’s all in on table foods so we’re basically feeding her the same food we’re eating. As long as it’s not spicy and she’s not feelin’ picky she’ll eat it ALL. We no longer cut up blue berries, short noodles, or sweet potato fries. Liv is able to bite off pieces of food and she’s got 3 little teeth to chomp!

– Squeeze Pouch
– Rice teether
– Puffs

– Berries
– Cheese (sliced/shredded)
– Halved cherry tomatoes
– Cheerios
– Goldfish
– Raisins
– Yogurt

The Essential First Food For Starting Solids

All of these baby foods including Gerber Infant Cereal are available for purchase at your local Publix Grocery Store. You can download a coupon for $1.00 off any 2 Gerber Products here!

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8 thoughts on “The Essential First Food For Starting Solids”

  1. I used Gerber baby cereal for ALL four of my boys! They always loved it and it filled their bellies ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Aww how sweet! I’m sure we’ll use it for all of our future babies since Livvie loved it so much!

  2. My son LOVED Gerber baby cereal! For the longest time, it was all he ate.

    Thanks for sharing some yummy recipes, I’ll have to try them out!

    1. Hi Tori!

      Oh yes, same here. Livvie still snacks on Gerber puffs from time to time still. I’m so glad you found them helpful 🙂

  3. I started my children on Gerber many years ago and today it’s still a trusted name!

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