Aside from lavishing your child with various baby products, it is also essential that you introduce your toddler to an appropriate and adequate diet as early as plausible. Myriads of growth and development happen in the first year, so you want to make sure that they’re getting the nutrition their bodies sorely need.
If you’re a new parent, then you might be perpetually worrying whether your baby is eating sufficiently, or whether you’re feeding him or her properly. It’s easy to be overwhelmed—but don’t fret. It’s crucial that you arm yourself with the right knowledge so you can make informed decisions.
To start with, familiarize yourself with this feeding age-by-age guide for your baby.
Newborns, of course, don’t have an eating schedule yet. At this point, you’ll be relying on them to give you signs, such as when they cry or demand for milk.
Breast-fed babies need their food every two to three hours, while those who are formula-fed should eat every three to four hours (2-3 ounces of milk).
Soon enough, however, you should learn to recognize the hunger clues yourself.
For instance, when infants are already full, they will showcase disinterest—such as turning away from the bottle, or blatantly pushing it away.
Babies are now more expressive in displaying their hunger. By the time they reach 3 months, they should be ingesting 5 ounces of milk six to eight times a day.
At this point, you should have established a feeding schedule already. Stick to this schedule dutifully. Make sure to wake up your infant if he or she is still sleeping once it’s time to eat.
Babies can now sit upright. They’ll also start grasping objects. Furthermore, they can also close their mouths around a spoon, which means that this is the perfect opportunity to introduce solid food, such as rice cereal, vegetables, fruits, and meat.
Introduce new food one at a time. However, be sure to wait for three to five days before adding something new. This way, it will be easier for you to determine if your child is allergic to a particular food.
At this age, milk is still your child’s primary source of nutrients. These solid foods should be served during snack. One to two tablespoon of cereal (or pureed vegetable and fruit) twice a day should be good enough.
During this period, babies should have six to eight ounces of milk every meal.
Be sure that the intake doesn’t exceed 32 ounces in one day.
You can now incorporate more solid food into your child’s diet. The dependence on milk will also start to decline—you can opt to feed them milk only during snack time and before they sleep.
Your baby’s first year is a very vital time for your baby. It is, after all, the period where a number of growth and development occurs. It’s your responsibility to ensure that your infant is getting all the nutrient his or her body needs. Don’t just shower them with baby products and clothes—but also with the right food.