Gerber is NOT a Food Group

by Brooke on April 10, 2012

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Gerber has officially taken over whole food isles in grocery stores!  I have had a few clients that when asked what their baby or toddler eats they respond, “the Gerber.”  What?  Did Gerber all of a sudden become a food group?

I don’t think there is anything wrong with feeding your baby a few Gerber products.  I think I ate the Gerber bananas until I was six…well maybe eight.  I do think there is a problem with your baby or toddler growing up on only Gerber products.  Below is a picture of many more Gerber products that are now targeted at toddlers.

Doesn’t anyone cook or prepare meals anymore?  You are worth that time.  Your children are worth that time.

At age one, your child is able to eat what the rest of the family is eating, so let them enjoy that meal with you.  Of course, you may need to make some variations for them like not adding the seasoning until after you remove their portion or blend up their food in a food processor.  This way the child is exposed to a variety of flavors your family already enjoys eating.

Again, there is nothing wrong with Gerber food in moderation, but it doesn’t need to be the only type of food your child is consuming.  The name Gerber is not a stamp for “best for baby.”  It is important to still check the labels of these foods and understand what your are giving your child.  Just one example of this is the Gerber Graduate juice.  Did you know it is only 40% juice?

You do now.  There are five food groups and Gerber is not one of them.  It is a brand.  So, check those labels and know what you are buying for your babies.



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Hannah April 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Kudos to this post!! I made most 90% of my son’s baby food and I was/am a working mom…The excuse that people don’t have time for that is a lousy one, and I am living proof. With all of the new gadgets that exist now to make your own food, it’s easy. Make it a priority!! Enough of the processed junk. Would you eat it???


Roxanne April 10, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Thank you for this! I couldn’t have said it any better…all the Gerber toddler products drive me crazy!


Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian April 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Great post!
Although I don’t have kids yet, I know that I will cook for them and even try to make my own baby food. That packaged Gerber stuff has so much crap in it!


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