If someone would have told me – like, truly told me – just how different it would feel being a second-time mom to Charlotte (aka Cha Cha), I honestly don’t think I would have believed them. My first-time mom self was so sure of her sanctimommy ways, and yet at the same time so insecure. I guess that just comes with the mommy territory – we all try so hard to know everything for the sake of these little ones, that at times we forget that we’re grasping at the impossible. When it comes to feeding our babies, there’s so much information at our fingertips that it can seem overwhelming at times. Luckily, Gerber® Cereal gives your baby the perfect first food that helps you rest assured you’re providing them with the right nutrition, like iron to help support healthy brain development.
One thing that’s surprised me the most this time around is how differently I’ve gone about feeding Charlotte than Garrett. Not only am I able to exclusively breastfeed her (Garrett required a triple combo of breastfeeding, pumping, and supplementing with formula – I get exhausted just thinking about it), she’s also handling solids differently too. My own mom laughs at me because I was so by-the-book with Garrett. Like seriously, I still have the journal where I jotted down all his first foods by date, which actually has been super helpful as a reference for Charlotte. We started with Gerber’s Single-Grain Oatmeal, since it’s the optimal source of iron for new eaters. In fact, just two servings of Gerber infant cereal meet 90% of your baby’s daily iron needs. Also, single-grain infant cereals are an ideal first solid food to check for food sensitivities and help develop your baby’s eating skills. Since cereal is an easy compliment to breastmilk, Charlotte naturally loved the taste. It even helped to mix it with other first foods like bananas, avocados, apples, etc. to get her used to the taste of something new.
One of the many reasons I love Gerber cereal is that it packs essential nutrients like Iron, Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin C, E and six B Vitamins for healthy development. It’s also non-GMO, has no artificial colors or flavors, and packaging is made with no BPA. Whether you’re a first-time mom or a second-time mom like me, I encourage you to learn more about Gerber Cereals and download a coupon to purchase – it doesn’t get any easier than that!