She Likes to Eat & Make Messes, Too


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Baby Akilah has been enjoying solids for a while now. While breast milk still plays a huge role in her diet, she demands to be served whatever everyone else is eating and sometimes, she simply takes what she wants. Juicy has yet to learn not to leave his food around her. Miss Honey has shredded pancakes, torn into burritos and pulverized chips. Not only does she live for the tastiness of food, but the experience of mess making too.


I’ll admit, food messes stress me out. And I realize that by me preventing those messes (and trying not to waste food) by spoon feeding her the messy stuff, I’m taking away from the whole sensory experience. So I let her be a big girl and eat her oatmeal on her own. I fixed her plate and sat it down. Before I could even blink, this girl digs in and starts flinging oatmeal eeeeeeverywhere. Noooo. Ah well, I had to let her exercise her right to be a baby.


Having been faced with developmental concerns early on, her growth and development are our priority. As a mama, I’m always on the lookout for nutrient rich foods to make sure she has a well balanced diet. In Walmart’s baby aisle, I picked up some GERBER CEREALS to add to her meals as they provide an important source of iron. Two servings per day provides 90% of the iron babies need. In addition to iron, these baby cereals also provide calcium needed for healthy bones and teeth.


Gerber has a variety of baby cereals to satisfy your baby’s taste buds as well as meet your baby’s developmental needs. They are super easy to mix. You can mix them in with breast milk or formula providing the perfect flavor bridge into solids. For older babies and toddlers, you can mix them in purees. I like to mix the oatmeal cereal with applesauce and sweet potatoes. I think I may mix in a chicken broth with veggies for a savory meal next.

Have your kiddos had GERBER CEREALS? In what ways did you mix them to provide your baby with flavor variety?

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • Cat December 23, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    I have zero knowledge about Gerber Organic Oatmeal until I found your post. Thank you for sharing! Dealing with breakfast mess can cause us stress, but it’s still the bond between mother and child during mealtime that matters – it’s priceless.

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  • Thirty30Courtney November 3, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    I distinctly remember a photo of me making a food mess when I was a toddler. You get to have so much fun as a kid! You’ve done some clever ways of mixing in the baby food to support your kids’ health. I would’ve never thought of that.

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  • Christina Aliperti November 3, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    She is such a little cutie!! My son loved to play in his food too, lol. Gerber cereal was the first thing he ate after formula.

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  • Lisa Thompson November 1, 2016 at 11:36 AM

    It’s amazing how much of a mess babies can make when they eat! What’s more surprising is the mess older kids sometimes make!!! It’s crazy!

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  • Anitra | The Mom on the Move November 1, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Food mess stresses me out TOO! OMG. And my babies haven’t been babies in 7 years. I’m still stressed about it! LOL

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  • Sarah Bailey October 31, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Making a mess as a child is definitely the way to go. So much more fun that way right?!

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  • Cinny October 31, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    It’s still so cute when she makes messes though. I have a friend that loves gerber for his kid.

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  • Kirstin Fuller October 31, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Adorable! I know some grown kids that make bigger messes than her lol. Gerber has great products for little ones. That oatmeal is going to be a winner in many kitchens.

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  • Tanya October 31, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Girl, those cute little baby hands drew me to your post. It looks like she truly enjoyed her meal.

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  • Kendra October 31, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    I love that she’s getting into new things. It is very messy but as long as she’s happy and getting bigger, let her go for it!

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  • Jonna October 31, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    She’s so cute!!! I know it’s a pain to clean up but there’s nothing cuter than a baby covered in food.

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  • T. Espinoza October 31, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Ha! She’s so cute that I would excuse her mess. Meanwhile my older children make similar messes and it aint so cute LOL

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  • Nae October 30, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Little Miss A still loves her Gerber oatmeal. And yes, those baby messes are rough. I discovered placing a plastic table cloth under her high chair made the messes much more bearable and easy to clean 😉

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  • Latoya | Life and a Budget October 30, 2016 at 6:40 PM

    My son is at that age where he wants to feed himself. I’m with you, those food messes make me a little stir crazy, but I’m slowly easing up and allowing him to hold the spoon, lol.

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  • Mimi Green October 30, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    I so understand the stress of cleaning up a baby mess. They seem to have the best throwing distance ever. hahahaha They do make for really great pictures though. Both of my babies ate Gerber cereals, they were easy and they loved them.

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  • Crystal October 28, 2016 at 10:22 PM

    My kids all loved Gerber cereals. The rice cereal was their first food & a staple in our home for years.

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  • Anne October 28, 2016 at 9:05 PM

    thanks for sharing and ey moms, check out https://gleam.io/kkZ7V/baby-jogger-city-mini-strollerpram-giveaway….great deals site that has lots of mom-friendly deals! Definitely worth checking out!

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  • Stacie October 28, 2016 at 9:38 AM

    Uh oh, cuteness overload! I have a new gbaby and I can’t wait until she gets to this stage. Well, wait…maybe I can!

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  • Carlana October 28, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    You have beautiful babies. My sister has a daughter around the age of your girl and it’s amazing watching her transition from milk to foods. The look on her face is priceless when she tries something for the first time.

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  • Kemkem October 28, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    I cracked up at the flying oatmeal everywhere 🙂 . I can picture it. My SIL’s baby is eating that Gerber’s oatmeal. The funny part is that the dad sneaks it when no one is looking she says (at night and she’s caught him a few times!) ! Imagine that 🙂

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  • Toni | BoulderLocavore.com October 28, 2016 at 6:47 AM

    Those little fingers are so cute! I can remember when my kids just started eating. They love Gerber when they were babies.

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  • Ourfamilyworld October 28, 2016 at 5:02 AM

    It was a great article to the people who has a baby or kids good job man keep it up

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  • Kiwi October 27, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Your daughter is sooooo cute. Look at her getting her little hands dirty I love when they are that age and feed themselves!

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  • Liz Mays October 27, 2016 at 8:41 PM

    Those messes seem to be inevitable! I’m liking how nutritious these Gerber Cereals are. They sound perfect!

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  • Jen Rattie October 27, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Oh man. I feel you on the food messes. I hate them. HATE them. Needless to say, when my kids were little, had to learn to deal. LOL

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle October 27, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    I always fed my kids Gerber cereal. It’s the best baby cereal I’ve ever used.

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  • Marcie W. October 27, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    All three of my kids started with Gerber cereals as their first foods. I love that they now offer organic varieties!

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  • Ann Bacciaglia October 27, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    I loved it when my kids started eating our foods. It was so fun to see the reactions to certain foods. Gerber has a great selection of baby food.

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  • Pam Wattenbarger October 27, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    My granddaughter loves Gerber rice cereal. It’s one of her favorite things to eat!

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