Age-by-age Guideline for Baby Feeding

Age-by-age Guideline for Baby Feeding

Feeding your baby the right thing at the right time matters a lot and if you are having your first child then you will need a proper guideline on this. Here is an age-by-age guideline for baby feeding, from the birth of your baby to 12 months.

  • Birth to 4 months:

What to feed:

Breast milk or Formula

Quantity per day:

  • You should breastfeed your baby 8-12 times a day because breast milk digests faster than the formula, so your baby might feel hungry more often. With time you should decrease the nursing to 7-9 times a day.
  • You should give your baby 32 ounces of formula in a day, although the quantity also depends on your baby’s weight.

Points to remember:

  • It is recommended that you feed your baby according to his/her weight.
  • You should stop breastfeeding when your baby is full (showing no interest in sucking and turning away from the breast)
  • 4-6 months:

What to feed:

  • Breast milk or formula PLUS.
  • Mashed bananas, avocados, apples, and other soft fruits
  • Iron-fortified Cereal

Quantity per day:

  • You should feed your baby 4 to 5 times.
  • 1 teaspoon of mashed fruit (any)
  • Mix a little amount of cereal with 4 to 5 teaspoons of breast milk

Points to remember:

  • The solid feed should be runny and liquid-ish so your baby can easily digest it.
  • You should only start giving solid feed when your baby shows some signs, like weight gain, able to move his food back and forth in the mouth and able to hold a spoon etc.
  • 6-9 months:

What to feed:

  • Breast milk or formula PLUS
  • Pureed fruits and vegetables
  • Pureed meat
  • Pureed Beans
  • Iron-fortified Cereal

Quantity per day:

  • 1 teaspoon of Pureed veggies or fruits in first feed and increasing it to 3-4 teaspoons in 4 feedings.
  • 3-9 tablespoon of cereal, in 2 to 3 feedings.

Points to remember:

  • Keep on changing fruits and veggies every day so your baby can get familiar with each of them.
  • Try to encourage your baby to chew food by thickening the solid feed to some extent.
  • Once your baby tries to eat food on his own, place him in a high chair.
  • 9-12 months:

What to feed:

  • Breast milk or Formula PLUS
  • Pureed fruits and vegetables
  • Pureed meat
  • Pureed Beans
  • Iron-fortified Cereal
  • Finger Foods (well-cooked potatoes, veggies, O-shaped cereal or spiral pasta etc.)
  • Small portions of pasteurized cheese, cottage cheese and yoghurt

Quantity per day:

  • 3 to 4 solid meals
  • ¼ to 1/3 cup of dairy
  • ¼ to ½ cup iron-fortified cereal
  • 1 cup of veggies
  • 1 cup of fruits
  • ¼ to ½ cup iron-fortified cereal.

Points to remember:

  • You should not give cow’s milk to your baby until age 1.
  • You should let your baby try new fruits and veggies so he can develop a habit to eat everything.
  • If he’s allergic to any food, you should avoid it.
  • Finger foods encourage your baby to eat on his own so you should cut small portions of the above-mentioned foods and put it on a high chair in front of him so he can pick them up easily.

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