If you are about to give birth to a baby, then this article is for you.
Most of the new moms have the doubt on what to feed and when to food as soon as they give birth. There is always confusion on this subject and needs expert intervention to raise the baby happy and healthy!
We have broken down this article into 6 sections to direct new moms better!
Birth to one-month food chart
Throughout the first month, all you need to feed your baby is just breast milk. Since babies at this age get hungry frequently, you may have to feed once in every 2 hours a minimum of 100ml.
If the supply of breastmilk is limited, you can opt for milk formula.
Don’t wait for your baby to ask for food as you can voluntarily feed! This activity can actually improve appetite.
Baby food chart for 1-3 months
At this stage, the consumption quantity increases. As a mom, you should breastfeed once in 2-3 hours but at higher quantities (at least 175ml). Feed a little lesser if it is formula milk.
Do not opt for solid food at this stage as it can cause choking.
There are a few things you should consider at this stage:
- Is your baby peeing and pooping at regular intervals?
- Don’t force feed your baby. If she turns away, it means her stomach is full.
You don’t have to be particular about measurements but keep it in mind, the baby’s intake has to increase as she/he ages.
Baby food chart for 4-6 months
This is the period when you can introduce solid foods.
Include the following at this stage:
- Mashed cereals (moong dal) – ¼ to ½ cup
- Fruit puree (banana/apple) – ¼ to ½ cup
- Mashed vegetables (completely cooked and pureed sweet potato and carrot) – ¼ cup
- Juice – ¼ cup
If you are still unsure if your baby can digest the solid foods, observe the baby’s reflex. There are certain developmental milestones that will indicate you that the baby is ready to eat. For example, the baby develops eagerness when you eat. You can also try by placing a spoon inside the mouth to see if the baby is willing to eat.
Note: There are times when breastfeeding becomes insufficient and the baby sucks thumb and feels uneasy and continues to cry.
When you feed solid food, make sure that the neck is steady and straight and he/she sits with support. You can move the head for better digestion.
Ensure that what you feed is single grain.
You should also allow at least 3 days gap between 2 different foods and limit quantities.
If your baby is allergic, the reaction occurs in less than 24 hours. The allergies can either be a skin rash or vomiting or diarrhea.
Don’t feed water as breastmilk, by default, contains water content in it. If the milk flow is inadequate, you can feed a quarter cup of water. Otherwise, give ½ to one cup of water a day during hot weather or when the baby is having diarrhea.
Baby Food Chart For 7-9 Months
This is the time when infants begin to have a preference for sweet foods like yams, butternuts, carrots. You can also notice your baby picking food from your plate showing an interest to eat what you consume too.
- The little teeth gain some chewing power and need diced cooked veggies to munch.
- You can also offer 1-2 cups of mashed rice, potatoes, toast, soft muffins that are a pleasure to munch.
- You can now increase the quantity of juice.
- Infants consume water regularly at this stage.
As the digestive system is now getting better and the baby performs physical activities, you should include lumpy foods to the diet.
What to feed?
Iron-rich cereals like oats and rice with milk
Pureed vegetables (beans, carrot, potatoes, yam) and fruits (mango, apple, peaches, banana, and plum)
Strained rice water that you get after boiling rice
Soup made with ample water
A small quantity of cheese/ yogurt
Note: Avoid whole foods that are lumpy and do not instantly get digested.
If you are planning to feed non-veg, give a small quantity to see if the baby develops an allergy.
Baby Food Chart For 10-12 Months
Your baby now develops independence and makes choices about foods. She/he can now differentiate flavors and foods due to the developed taste buds.
As a mom, you can now take some rest as most of the babies prefer to eat on their own.
|You can give regular ounces of whole or breast milk.
Give 4-4.5 cups of starchy foods along with 1 cup of fruits and vegetables
A half cup of tender meats can be fed
Give a ¼ cup of unsweetened yogurt
|Don’t feed low-fat milk before this period
Avoid partially cooked or raw meat for your baby
Good food is the key to a healthy raising of your baby! By the time the baby celebrates 1st year birthday, you can be assured that you don’t have to mash or spoonfeed foods anymore.
Here comes the important section of this baby food chart month by month and that is supplements.
Basic Supplements For Babies
A lot of moms feel that the baby doesn’t have enough nutrition at one point of time before completion of 1 year and that is a warning of deficiency. You should provide supplements alongside the diet to build health!
Iron and vitamins are two major nutrients that every baby needs during this period.
|1mg per kg is the quantity of iron that your baby will need right from 4th month.
The best way is to feed healthy cereals to increase iron intake.
|Babies of 0-6 months and 6-12 months will need 300 IU and 600 IU per day (vitamin D) respectively.
Make sure your baby is exposed to sunlight for a few minutes regularly.
Also, check B12 levels of your baby whenever you visit your pediatrician.
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Disclaimer: While we have provided the basic baby food chart for month by month usage, it is still advised to consult your pediatrician to get personalized food suggestions as per your baby’s health.