First Year of Feeding

First Year of Feeding

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  • On July 19, 2018
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Are you wondering when you can start your baby on more interesting foods? Look no further! We have all your answers right here in a month-by-month guide starting at breast milk/formula and ending in mac and cheese!

Birth – 4 months

Only feed your baby breast milk or formula – NO solid food at this time!

Breast milk

See “Breastfeeding Battle” to see how to know if your baby is getting enough milk.

Formula

A simple rule to follow for the first 4-6 months, according to babycenter.com is to give your baby 2.5 ounces of formula per pound of body weight. Therefore; if your baby is 6 pounds – you give about 15 ounces of formula in one 24-hour day. If your baby weighs 10 pounds – give them 25 ounces in the day, etc.

Signs your baby is hungry

Lip smacking, rooting (turning towards you), or putting hands to mouth.

Your babies hungriest times take place during growth spurts, which occur during 10-14 days after birth, 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months and 6 months.

Signs your baby is overfed

Vomiting after feeding (spitting up is completely normal, but vomiting is not), tummy pain, drawing legs up, or a tense tummy.

If your baby is crying or whimpering – try changing their diaper, burping them, or some snuggle time before turning to a bottle.

4 – 6 months

Signs your baby is ready for solid food

Can hold head up, sits upright in a high chair, doubled birth weight and weighs at least 13 pounds.

What to feed?

Pureed vegetables, pureed fruit, pureed meat, semi-liquid cereal, or small amounts of unsweetened yogurt (no cows milk until 12 months). Begin with 1 teaspoon of food mixed in with 4-5 teaspoons of breast milk or formula. Increase to 1 tablespoon of food with breast milk or formula gradually thickening the mixture over time. Wait 2-3 days in between foods so that you are offering new foods one at a time.

6 – 8 months

Signs your baby is ready for solid food

Same as 4-6 months.

What to feed?

Same as months 4-6 plus strained fruits, strained vegetables, pureed tofu, pureed legumes. Begin with 1 teaspoon fruit or vegetables gradually increased to 2 or 3 tablespoons in four feedings or 3 to 9 tablespoons cereal in 2 or 3 feedings. Again, wait 2-3 days in between new foods to watch for signs of allergy.

8 – 10 months

Signs your baby is ready for finger foods

Can pick up objects with thumb and forefinger, can transfer items from one hand to the other, puts things in mouth and can move jaw in a chewing motion.

What to feed?

Same as 6-8 months plus small amounts of pasteurized cheese, cottage cheese, mashed vegetables, mashed fruits, small bits of o-shaped cereal, scrambled eggs, pasta, small bits of meat and beans. ¼ – ¼ cup of dairy, ¾ – 1 cup of fruit or vegetables, 3-4 tablespoons of protein-rich food. Wait 2-3 days between new foods.

10 – 12 months

Signs your baby is ready for other solid foods

Swallows food easily, has more teeth, doesn’t push food out of mouth and tries to use a spoon.

What to feed?

Same as 8-10 months plus bite sized pieces of fruits, vegetables, and combo foods like mac and cheese. ⅓ cup dairy, ⅛ – ¼ cup combo foods. Wait 2-3 days between new foods.

 

Happy Feeding!!

 

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