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The Transition from Baby Food to Lil’ Bits

September 14, 2016

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

There’s one thing that my Fox has no trouble with: eating. From day one, he loved his bottles and even easily transitioned to stage 1 baby foods. On his first birthday, he had no desire for a bottle and weening was completely effortless. As he’s grown the last several months, we’ve introduced more and more solids and human foods, but the Gerber 3rd foods “Lil’ Bits” have been a perfect transition for our little food monster.

Apple Blueberry Lil' BitsWhile he certainly loves his “grown up” meals, we supplement his feedings with regular servings of Lil’ Bits to make sure he’s getting the nutrition he needs at this age. He truly learned to eat semi-solid foods with the help of each of these delicious little meals in a tub.

Apple Blueberry Lil' BitsTransitioning to more savory and hearty foods ended up being a fairly easy task thanks to Gerber’s Lil’ Bits meals. We would save the pasta and meat-based meals for Fox’s lunch and dinnertime meals, and would pair his tub with some of our own dinner. He now looks forward to family meals, both because of the delicious savory dish, but also because we’ve turned it into a family routine, and all eat our meal together as a family. 

Apple Blueberry with Strawberries and Greek Yogurt Baby FoodThe best part is that Fox is becoming pretty handy with a spoon. He’s only 18 months old so he’s prone to playfully launching a spoonful of Carrots, Peas & Corn across the room, but he’s getting better day by day and loves his independence.

Apple Blueberry with Strawberries and Greek Yogurt Baby FoodWhile he has come to love his savory meals, Fox is still overly partial to his fruit-based Lil’ Bits. They have provided another excellent transition from stage 1 and stage 2 foods, and work especially well at snack time. I came up with a recipe that incorporates the Gerber Lil’ Bits Apple & Blueberry meal with additional fresh strawberries and Greek yogurt. We learned early on that Fox loved yogurt, so we decided to incorporate it into his regular meals to help him become a more adventurous eater. Check out the recipe below.

Apple Blueberry with Greek Yogurt + Strawberry Baby Food

  • 1 tub Gerber 3rd Foods Apple Blueberry with Lil' Bits
  • 2 Tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • Strawberries, quartered
  • Coconut oil
  1. Melt 1 teaspoon of coconut oil over medium heat in small saucepan.
  2. Add strawberries and stir constantly until they start to fall apart.
  3. Mash strawberries until completely pureed.
  4. Pour tub of Apple Blueberry with Lil' Bits into bowl, spooning in yogurt, and topping with strawberry compote.
  5. Mix well and let baby enjoy!


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