In this post, I have detailed baby feeding schedules at different ages/months with charts and guide on how to give the best nutrition to your baby.
After you get your baby home from the delivery room at the hospital, you need to figure out the most ideal feeding chart. This article has details of the food you need to feed your infant from month 0 to month 12.
Baby Feeding Schedule from Month 0 to 12
According to La Leche League, you should start breastfeeding your baby within an hour of delivering and maintain 8 to 12 feeding periods per day for the next few weeks.
Below is a helpful table with a feeding schedule for breastmilk, formula, and solids from month 0 to month 12.
When introducing formula, start with those that mimic breast milk before venturing into other types of formula that your baby may be best suited for. If your baby is lactose-intolerant, get the formula without lactase.
You can read out a guide on how to transition from breastfeeding to formula.
For night-time feeding, read out guide on baby feeding at night.
Below is a list of the best food types you can give your little one:
- Breast milk
- Infant cereal
Baby Feeding Schedule for Breastfeeding, Cereals and Formula
Schedule for Breastfeeding
The best baby nutrition for a newborn is breast milk and you won’t need to purchase this. Breast milk is great nutrition especially true of the colostrum in it. A mother’s breast produces this for the first week after childbirth and is essential for the growth of the brain, immune system, and more.
Although formulas of today are very close to breast milk nothing is better for your baby than breastfeeding.
From month 0 to month 4, you should rely on breastfeeding your baby. An infant and any baby need 400 IU of vitamin D every day to avoid deficiency of this vitamin which may cause complications. Supplements, formula, and cow’s milk can offer this
One thing to keep in mind is that the colostrum only lasts for a week or so. If you decide for any reason not to breastfeed, try to nurse your baby for at least the first week.
Learn about how to store breastmilk here.
Schedule for Formula-Feeding
If you can’t nurse for whatever reason, a good formula becomes vital for baby nutrition. It is developed to be easiest on the baby’s tummy for digestion purposes and we have a detailed guide on baby formula mixing.
It has been carefully designed to provide the essential vitamins and minerals a baby needs to grow properly and remain very healthy.
Parents that don’t nurse should feed a baby formula up until at least the first 4 months of age.
If you are wondering whether your baby is getting enough food, you can check how many diapers your baby is able to wet. In the first few days, you should expect about 5 wet diapers per day and if you are using the formula, here is a good guide:
|Age||Amount of formula per feeding||Feeding sessions per 24 hour period|
|1 month||2 to 4 ounces||6 to 8 times|
|2 months||5 to 6 ounces||5 to 6 times|
|3 to 5 months||6 to 7 ounces||5 to 6 times|
Learn more about the baby formula expiry here
Infant Cereal – Next Step In Baby Nutrition
When a baby reaches around three months old he may be ready to start baby cereal like rice. Rice is the easiest on the baby’s tummy and the safest for allergies.
Other good firsts in solid baby nutrition are orange and yellow vegetables, like sweet potato, and soft fruits like banana and avocado. You might even try baby’s first bananas in a jar.
Baby food is set up through the stages of the baby and labeled accordingly by age. A baby can begin eating small amounts at three to four months and continue to gradually increase the intake of different foods. A baby can taste the different flavors at three and four months.
Planning Food Schedule for Babies
Healthy Food Is Important
Baby nutrition is very important for growth. Some parents give their baby a bottle because feeding baby food is time-consuming, messy, and frustrating. If you have a baby then you need to take the time to give him proper nutrition.
On the one hand, you don’t need to rush and give food. If your baby is happy nursing or with a bottle, and seems satisfied, and is gaining weight properly, everything is fine. Many babies are fine like this for as much as a year!
This is especially true with nursing babies. If your baby isn’t ready to eat, she will naturally push food out of her mouth. This is an important instinct to prevent choking.
However, once a baby needs food, a bottle just won’t do anymore.
Don’t replace a bottle of formula with a jar of baby food. Baby food will help your baby grow and get bigger. The baby will be malnourished if you do not feed him properly. Baby food does not have to be expensive. You can also make it at home. Just mash up some food, or stick it in the food processor.
Baby nutrition should be healthy foods. If you don’t have time to make it yourself you can stick with the jarred baby food that you buy in a store. There are also cereals with fruit in them for easy breakfasts.
There are full meals a baby can eat right out of the jar if you are not sure what the baby should eat. And, be sure to talk to your pediatrician if you aren’t sure.
They also make biting crackers which may help stimulate tooth growth.
Baby nutrition is also more sensitive than adult diets. It is recommended to be extra careful to avoid toxins or junk like preservatives, or hydrogenated fats, and refined sugars.
This is also important when the baby just starts to eat because her stomach is not strong yet. You want to avoid indigestion. This also helps to prevent allergies.
A baby needs to eat as you do and more so because she is growing rapidly. Feeding your baby properly when she is hungry, and only the purest foods, will ensure that your child grows and develops into a healthy baby.
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