Baby Food Chart

As a new parent, especially when you are not in shadow of grand parent of child, it becomes a major issue as to what baby food to feed your new born baby and you would feel it a mess. No worries, we have come up with some guidelines and ideas so that you can decide that what should be given to your newborn in the first year of their life. Also, this article shall inform you about the quantity in which you should give food to your little angels. However, this article is only in general information and you can increase or decrease the amount of baby food described according to your child’s taste, choice or child’s doctor.




 

Baby Feeding Chart: 0 to 4 Months

Till 4 months, baby or infants do not have a fully developed digestive system. They can’t digest their baby food as they have an extrusion reflex (Baby push the baby food placed on their tongue) which stops them from digesting. However, they are born with a sucking reflex (Suck anything that touches the roof of their mouth) which aids them in sucking milk. So, during these initial months, it is best to stick with breastmilk or formula milk.

 

child breastfeeding

 

What to can be the best baby food?

Only formula milk or breastmilk.

How much baby food to feed?

Breastfeeding children

If you are breastfeeding your child, it is best to provide them with the milk as much as they need. You can assess whether your child has had enough milk by checking some symptoms. For example, after a baby feed, your breast will feel soft and light and the child will get more comfort. In the long run, the weight of the child is also a good assessment factor. Apart from this, there is another way to determine if he is getting a good baby feed. It is the number of stools (Poop) that he passes each day.




Formula feeding baby

The quantity of formula milk is less as compared to the milk in breastfeeding and thus the child demands it more. So, be prepared to feed your child several times during the day. However, the baby food in child’s diet on the formula milk can change very quickly, be sure to never give more than 32 ounces (1 Litre) of the formula milk.

Feeding Tips

Since the child’s digestive system is still evolving, therefore you should avoid giving him any solid substance.

 

Baby Feeding Chart: 4 to 6 Months

Now, your baby is 4 months younger, the child is able to sit with support and his digestive system has also developed, so now he is ready to digest some solid baby foods. Extrusion Reflex which helps in digesting solids is still blocking the intake of solid substances which you give as the bay food. Hence, solid baby food should be given in small amounts and breastfeed or formula feed the baby. The main source of nutrition should be milk.

New food items can be introduced in any pattern. You can choose to give tofu ahead of time. Or you can begin to give spicy fruits instead of grains to your baby. It is up to you, but be sure to check with your child’s paediatrician first.

 

What to feed as the baby food?

Breast and Formula Milk with pure fruits or vegetables and semi-liquid grains as the baby food is ideal.

How much baby food to feed?

For the first few days, start by mixing either breast or formula milk with pure fruit or one spoon of grain, and then gradually increase the quantity to 2 spoons of grain or pure fruit per day.

Feeding Tips

The child will take the decision when he wants to eat the food you are giving him.

 

Baby Feeding Chart: 6 to 8 months baby food

Now that the baby has got a taste of solid baby food, he will be willing to try new things, especially sweet baby foods or food without much spices. Thus, it is a good time to introduce fruits and vegetables in their diet. It is better to start with vegetables and then to move on later. Keep the servings shorter in the beginning and only increase them later.




baby food for 6 to 8 months old child

 

What to Feed?

Breast and Formula milk along with unsweetened yogurt, cereals and pureed fruits, vegetables, legumes, tofu, and meat.

How much baby food to Feed?

For fruits and vegetables, start with a low dose of a single teaspoon and gradually increase it to half a cup in 2-3 feedings per day.

For cereals, feed 3-9 tablespoons in 2-3 feedings.

Feeding Tips

Space out the new food you want to give to your baby.

 

Baby Feeding Chart: 8 to 10 Months

In the 8th month, the child is now ready to eat loose baby food. It is a good idea to give pieces of chopped fruits or baked vegetables and pasta. However, it should be best to avoid foods that can be difficult to swallow, such as peanuts or raisins.

Also read: Baby teething timeling and baby teething symptoms.

bay food for 8 to 10 months old child

What to feed?

Breast and formula mixed with milk, vegetables and fruits, cereals, finger, pasteurized cheese and eggs.

How much baby food to feed?

Food serving can now be larger than one spoon. You can start giving quarter-cups of fruits and vegetables or cooked pasta in the beginning and then gradually increase the amount of half cup. Follow the below guidelines:

  • 1/4 cup dairy
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup grains (iron-fortified)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup protein foods
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fruit
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetables

Feeding Tips

Look for allergies and try new foods after at least 3 days interval.

 

Baby Feeding Chart- 10 to 12 Months

As the child reaches his first birthday, he is ready to start eating solid foods. Now he can eat by himself using his own hands, so it is better to start giving him food, he can eat using a spoon. Your child can start combining food items like casseroles. In this phase, finger food such as fish and chopped chicken in the diet can also be added.

 

What to feed?

Cubed fruit, grains, and combo and finger foods with cooked vegetables, pasteurized cheese, curd and boneless fish with breast or formula milk.




How much baby food to feed?

The servings of foodstuff can start from half a cup in the beginning. Keeping the quantity of each of them under a half cup, make sure to give the baby different foods throughout the day. Follow the feeding guidelines:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fruit as well as vegetables
  • 1/3 cup dairy
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup grains (iron-fortified
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup protein foods
  • 1/4 cup combo foods

Feeding Tips

Only give a new food at one time and keep on giving it for three days to regulate allergies.

 

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