When babies reach the ages of 4 to 6 months, most are ready to begin eating solid foods. Gerber's line of baby foods begins with single-grain cereals and progresses to a line of thicker purees with chunks of food designed to help babies get used to chewing.
Gerber's cereals are made with natural grains and a blend of vitamins and minerals, including iron, zinc and six B vitamins. Single-grain cereals are usually the first solid food given to infants. Gerber offers rice, barley, whole wheat and oatmeal single-grain cereals. Rice and oatmeal cereals are also available that are enhanced with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. For babies who have graduated from single-grain cereals, Gerber offers Mixed Grain Cereal containing oats, rice and wheat; Grain and Fruit Cereal, made with whole grains and real fruit; and 8 Grains and Yogurt Cereal. Gerber also makes organic brown rice and organic oatmeal single-grain cereals.
When babies are ready to move beyond cereal, Gerber's 1st Foods is a line of pureed fruits and vegetables. Gerber purees do not contain added refined sugar, salt or starch. Fruit choices include applesauce, bananas, peaches, pears and prunes. All fruits except for prunes have added vitamin C. Vegetable choices include carrots, green beans, peas, squash and sweet potatoes, all made with only vegetables and water. Organic applesauce, bananas, pears, prunes, carrots, peas and sweet potatoes are also available.
For babies who have reached the stage of combining foods, the 2nd Foods line offers a wide variety of combinations of fruits, vegetables, cereals, meats and yogurt. This line also includes several dinners with added DHA and a number of fruit and vegetable combinations with DHA and antioxidants. As with all products in Gerber's baby food line, the 2nd Foods selections contain no artificial flavors or preservatives, and many organic choices are available.
3rd Foods are "thicker purees have tender pieces of fruit, vegetables, cereal or pasta that invite your little one to move food around in her mouth and work her jaw, to help her prepare for toddler food," according to the Gerber website. This line includes fruits, vegetables, dinners, cereals and smoothies. All products are prepared with only natural ingredients, and several dinners and cereals are available with organic ingredients.