Cheerios® First Foods Blog Tour

I was only 20 years old when I had Olivia and didn’t have a clue about what foods she was supposed to be eating as a baby. I am a voracious reader and read many books on baby’s first year and paid particular attention to first foods. It’s hard to believe that my “baby” is now 12 years old and growing up so quickly. My other “baby” Bridget is 6 years old and in grade 1 this year! No more babies for me.

Both my girls started on infant rice cereal and then moved to the jars of baby food. I wanted to give them the yuckier tasting veggies first. I read that if you introduce the better tasting veggies or fruit first they might turn up their nose at the blander veggies. So we started with peas which I despise. Neither Bridget nor Olivia liked them. I moved on to carrots, green beans and then squash and sweet potatoes. Olivia was an EXTREMELY PICKY baby and is still a picky eater. She only liked squash out of all the veggies. Bridget ate everything except the peas. After veggies, I moved to fruits and that was a much more enjoyable experience for both me and the baby. No issues there. Then the jars of meat which I always found really icky. My girls weren’t impressed either.

When they were old enough to sit in the high chair and began to want to feed themselves, I started out with finger foods. I would cut up all the food into very tiny pieces because I was paranoid about choking. One of the foods both of them enjoyed was Cheerios and in fact they still eat the Honey Nut Cheerios for breakfast to this very day. Cheerios is the perfect size for a first food and so easy to just to grab a handful and put on the high chair and let your baby feed him/herself.

In addition, I recently learned that Cheerios has been used by moms as a first food for over 50 years. My mom gave both my sisters and I Cheerios to eat when we were babies and toddlers. It’s become a brand that I know and trust and buy almost every shopping trip to the grocery store.

Today I wanted to share with you some news about BabyCenter Canada’s newest addition to their site: Cheerios First Food Section! If you aren’t familiar with BabyCenter, it’s the go-to site for both new moms and experienced moms because of all the great info and community. The Cheerios First Food Section features expert information and articles on how and when to introduce certain foods, tips for picky eaters, answers to common first foods questions, etc. You can download tools such as Starting Solids Diary and a Weekly Meal Planner and find recipes for age appropriate meals  and how to make your own baby foods for your baby. Plus there’s polls you can take and see what other moms are doing and what the trends are and videos you can watch such as Baby Food Taste Test. It’s FULL of helpful info for moms courtesy of Cheerios and BabyCenter!

Definitely visit and the Cheerios First Food Section and see what I am talking about. I’m not having anymore babies myself, but I will be telling my sisters, cousins and friends and of course, my readers to visit this informative site!

Disclosure – I am participating in the Cheerios First Foods program by Mom Central on behalf of General Mills. I received a gift card as a thank you for my participation.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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