A shout out to the new moms who are ready to take on the responsibility of a newborn soon. While there’s no doubt that you are happy and eager to hold your little one in arms, your mind is also bothering with the questions of baby care.
What to feed the child? Is the food appropriate or shall I add something else? When should I introduce solid food? — and the questions go on and on until you find appropriate answers.
This article aims to solve all your doubts about baby food and help in maintaining a nutritious diet for your baby. We have given a month-wise guide, just read it thoroughly and you’ll be ready in no time!
You will need to feed 8-10 times a day depending on your choice of meal – whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding. In case you are using the latter, the baby has to be fed every 3-4 hours.
4 to 6 Months
When the baby crosses the milestone of 4 months, the time for solid food slowly begins. One of the most common signs that the baby is ready for solid food is their ability to sit with support and move their head side to side. For most of the toddles, it’s the sixth month when they are ready to eat solid food. The transition to solid food should be steady, and you can decrease the breast milk or formula to 4-5 times a day.
Oatmeal is a great choice for first-time feeding. You can mix it with breast milk or formula to feed the baby. Over the time, add more dry cereal and thicken the mixture. Slowly, introduce other fruits and vegetables in the diet depending on how the baby reacts to the new food. However, do not overdo and go slow with the solid foods.
6 to 8 Months
By the time your child turns six months, you can start introducing a variety of solid foods. Pureed vegetables and fruits are the best choices that also support your baby’s growing needs. You can also move to soft cooked foods along with simple cereals.
Over the time, increase the servings but don’t tick off breastfeeding and formula from the food plan. Try to strike a balance between them to help your child get the required nutrition.
8 to 10 months
The infant feeding reaches next level by the eight months, and you can start including solid foods without making a puree. Fresh juice made of apples, grapes and pears can also enter your baby’s diet in small amounts.
Some other food items that you can introduce to your child are cooked pasta, teething crackers, eggs and cheese. However, try to keep the quantity small and let the baby eat it all slowly. One thing to remember is that your baby won’t like the taste of every meal in the beginning. Thus, try to repeat the food after a few days to help them acquire the taste.
10 to 12 months
Though last in the guide, this is one of the crucial stages of your child’s growth. During these months, you’ll notice how faster your kid grows and develops new skills. From walking to talking, your kid learns it all to be the rockstar of your life.
With more teeth, they can also chew better and thus are able to eat varied food items. However, try to make small pieces of everything that you feed, to avoid choking. You can also introduce meat or chicken in your baby’s diet to ensure they get proper nutrition for growth and development.
The Bottom Line
Keeping a tab on the food chart of a newborn is a tough task. It becomes even more challenging when you are a first-time mother. However, if you get the right advice and follow your ‘motherly-instinct’, you can easily take care of your baby’s diet. To know more about newborn baby’s feeding tips and healthy recipes for toddlers, you can visit digital platforms like Momspresso. All the best!