You, as a to-be-mom or new mom, are probably wondering what to feed your darling baby. Sure, you have a lot of concerned near and dear ones to advise you, but perhaps you would like to have a handy list of Do’s & Don’ts or a complete baby food chart. Worry not; we’re here to help you!
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Baby Food Chart Till 3rd Month:
First you need to understand what you can give your infant till 3rd month, as solid food consumption by infants comes at a later stage. Below, we have given you a detailed description of that and the pointers are furnished with some helpful tips to look after your baby’s nourishment.
a. 1st Month:
At this age your babies still develops their digestive system and are also very vulnerable and can develop infections very quickly.
- During the first month, doctors recommend only breast feeding. You can opt for formula only if your baby rejects breast milk.
- Doctors recommend 2 to 4 ounces of for
- If your infant demands it more frequently, you must adhere to your infant’s needs.
- During the first month, it is advised to avoid feeding any kind of solid foods or honey to your baby.
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b. 2nd Month:
After the completion of first month, your baby’s digestive system becomes comparably stronger. Only breast milk and formula are supposed to be fed at this stage.
- Try to look out for brands that provide organic formula. Infants during their second month should be fed about 6 to 8 times a day.
- During the second month, an infant develops and starts to show certain signs. You should look out for habit-forming signs such as lip smacking or fist sucking.
- There are signs that show your baby is hungry. It is always a good idea to feed before your darling shows such signs. If he or she starts to give out shrill cries, it becomes very difficult at such times to feed babies.
c. 3rd Month:
The same pattern as in the second month is followed during the third month. During this time, babies generally sleep more; therefore, they should be fed a bit lesser. It is a good idea to feed your baby every 4 to 5 hours or every 5 to 6 hours.
- Solid food items should not be given; only breast milk and formula should be fed. Look for hunger signs and feed accordingly.
- It is imperative that you make a note of times when you baby is hungry and when he is not. He should be fed accordingly.
- You can feed your baby about 6 to 8 times in a day.
- An ideal diet would include 4 to 6 ounces per feeding; 5 to 6 times in a day.
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Solid Food Chart For Babies From 4 To 12 Months:
According to child specialists, the best sign as to when one should start introducing solid food chart is when babies can hold up their head on their own. That sign shows that your baby is ready to have solid foods.
4th month is crucial, as this is the turning point in the feeding regime of infants. At this stage, doctors and experts recommend introducing solid foods, without discontinuing breast milk and/or formula.
a. 4th Month:
Before introducing solid foods, do not forget to have a consultation with your child’s doctor.
- During this time, introduce solid foods like grain, fruits and its juices and vegetables. 6 to 7 feeding during the day would suffice. If your baby demands more, one can increase the frequency.
- If your child accepts grains cereals, limit the formula feeding to 4 to 5 feeding per day with 6 to 8 ounces per servings.
- Generally, experts recommend that the first grain that is introduced to your baby should be iron-fortified rice cereals. These are very light and easy to digest.
- Slowly, introduce oatmeal-based cereals and other grains cereal available in the market to your baby. Choose cereals that are marked specifically for 4 month old infants. Also look for organic cereals.
- Observe which type of cereal your baby accepts and digests well, and continue with that. You can mix cereal with formula or with breast milk.
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