Giveaway open to Canada.

Can you remember the first foods you gave your bundle of joy? Perhaps you aren’t even at that phase yet, and still need to decide how to proceed when milk is no longer enough. Where can you go for information? Your doctor, obviously, but most of us don’t stop there. We want to know what the experts recommend, but we also want to know what everyone else is actually doing.

Introducing the new Cheerios First Foods section on If you’re reading this blog, it’s safe to say you have a little one, and are therefore familiar with Babycenter. With both of my pregnancies I signed up for the weekly developmental updates, which were fun to share with my husband and my students. The site is also a great reference for almost any baby concern that may arise.

Baby food is always a popular topic. With Frannie, my first, I started her on bland pablum at precisely six months of age, and progressed through baby food vegetables, fruit, and finally meat before starting on chunkier finger foods (and yes, Cheerios were the first!) She sat in a special high chair and I used all sorts of ergonomically-designed spoons to enhance the mealtime experience.

Then I had a second child. The high chair was gone, and we actually put her in a Bumbo seat right on the kitchen table with us as soon as she could squish into it. Baby food? Forget it. I was so excited the first time around to shop for those cute little jars, but since I was already feeding a toddler at the same table this time, I just minced or pureed what everyone else was having, and she was set. Could this be connected to the fact that she is a much better eater than her older sister? No, probably she just takes after Daddy and Frannie unfortunately takes after her picky Mom.

The new Cheerios First Foods section on has great information, such as which foods to introduce when. I particularly love that the content acknowledges cultural and family preferences, yet makes the Canadian Paediatric Society recommendations clear.

There’s a section where experts answer common questions, like “Is it safe to give my baby honey?” and “Are organic foods better for my baby?”, as well as printable tools like a weekly caregiver food diary. (I would use that if a child had nutritional issues, or to monitor the introduction of new foods. I wouldn’t expect caregivers to fill this out for every healthy child.)

You can also find some interesting polls, just to see how weird -I mean normal – you and your baby really are!

To celebrate First Foods, I have a Cheerios Prize Pack to give away, worth $50! It includes a Cheerios On-the-go Tot Container, Cheerios playbook, box of Cheerios, bowl and utensil set, and a $30 VISA cash card! (Put it towards some wonderful first foods for your little angel. Or shoes for yourself. Whatever.)

All you have to do to enter is check out the new Cheerios First Foods section on, and leave  a comment with your feedback. (Be sure to also leave your email address. If I can’t contact you, you can’t win!)

For extra entries (once the mandatory entry is completed), leave a separate comment letting me know that:

  • you follow This Mom Loves publicly through Google Friend Connect
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Contest is open to Canadians and will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Sunday, February 6th, after which time a winner will be chosen through random number generation. Good luck, and happy munching!

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.  Opinions are, as always, my own.

94 comments on “Cheerios First Foods Giveaway!”

  1. I think it is very helpful! It has articles which breaks down the solid food for little one by different age period. It also have articles to explain which food is important to baby. I just read the top ten great food to feed babies and found out that Lentils is actually one of the great food! I have never known this before! Very informative!

    sweetpanda2010 at gmail dot com

  2. I visited the site and I think it is great. Lots of info, especially for first time parents, but also great tips and ideas for everyone that cares for a young child.

  3. Wow! Thanks for introducing me to the Baby Centre. Who knew? Of course, my baby is a little bit past first foods, but she loves her Cheerios! Glad to see the section on what water is safe for baby. I had a really difficult time finding information on this and finally ended up calling the pediatrician to find out. Great stuff!

  4. I really like this first foods section! I especially like that it has info on each stage. I checked the solids stage for 18 to 24 months for my daughter, and it had lots of great info. I appreciated being reminded that her stomach is a lot tinier than ours so she won't be able to eat so much in one sitting!

    stephanierosenhahn at yahoo dot com

  5. I saw that there are lots of articles to help mom's out with baby. From feeding solids to what baby needs. It is a very informative site, I like it and I will bookmark mark it because it could come in very handy


  6. I checked out the website and I was pleasantly surprised to watch the "breastfeeding as torture" video! I had my own breastfeeding issues so it was interesting to listen to the video! Looks like a great site!
    Krista S.

  7. I enjoyed browsing through the Cheerios First Foods Section… I expecially enjoyed the straight-forward and easy to read articles on various topics. As someone who has darker pigmentation and whose ancestors come from an equatorial region and now residing in Canada, I liked the Vitamin D article and how much great and exact information it provided. Please accept this as my mandatory entry. Thank you!

    Aliya D.

  8. I saw that there are lots of articles to help mom's out with baby. From feeding solids to what baby needs. It is a very informative site, I like it and I will bookmark mark it because it could come in very handy


  9. Just started my 6-month old on rice cereal and can't wait to introduce him to Cheerios a little later. I've been eating Cheerios my whole life!

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