Though we do our best as parents to encourage diversity in our kids’ food choices, there is always that seemingly inevitable picky stage. It’s extra challenging when it occurs before your toddler can even fully communicate what they WILL eat, potentially leading to a lot of wasted food.
As we emerge into the finger-food stage with our youngest, always having some “standards” on hand is essential, and one of #5’s FAVORITES are Gerber® Lil’ Beanies. With just the right amount of crunch and yet ease of chewing for developing mouths, these little puffy guys always elicit a wide, squinty-eyed grin whenever they’re pulled out of the cupboard.
But the thing we as parents love most about Gerber® Lil’ Beanies is that they also pack protein and essential vitamins, so they’re not just an “empty” treat. The first bean-based snack in the baby aisle, they have very little mess and are a great addition to your toddler’s introduction to self-feeding.
Way back when #3 was in this stage, she ate Gerber® Graduates Puffs like they were going out of style. Then there were Gerber® Lil’ Crunchies when #4 was cramming all the first finger foods into his little mouth. But Gerber® has outdone themselves with these great-tasting, amazing Lil’ Beanies. They’re our favorite by far (and #5 seconds that with a muffled chirp of approval as he stuffs another one into his mouth).
In a family of 7, minimizing messes is basically a core value system. So being able to grab something like Gerber® Lil’ Beanies, that really creates next to no mess–AND have the toddler self-feed–is a win-win.
Another win? The fact that they’re so easily travel-able. Bonus points for grab-and-go power (especially when you’ve got so many things–and little people–to keep track of already).
Beyond the sponsored side of this post (which we’re incredibly grateful for!) is our deep love for Gerber® that has spanned our entire stretch of parenthood. They’ve basically been an integral part of every stage we’ve been through, and we’re excited to grow with them some more.
If you want to try Gerber® Lil’ Beanies for yourself (in Original or White Cheddar & Broccoli), you can grab some right from your neighborhood Target. Among other reasons we’ve had to get lost in this store, their baby selection is particularly to die for. And I’m not just talking about the novelty snacks, as epic as they are.
What has been your favorite #GerberWinWin moment of parenthood?