Age By Age Feeding Guide | Introduction
Having an age by age feeding guide to point you in the right direction is always helpful. In our mimijumi age by age feeding guide we cover all the major stages your baby will go through, which all happens within the first 12 months of their life.
Remember this is only a guide, and you should never substitute advice given by your healthcare professional.
It’s also important that you understand that every baby is different, which means each situation is totally subjective to the individual baby. Like Sam said in the Bottle Feeding Bible, baby Johnny’s age by age feeding guide will look different to baby Jane’s age by age feeding guide.
Having said that, below are some helpful ‘rules of thumb’ that you can check on to point you in the right direction. Below we have outlined our age by age feeding guide in the most clear and readable way, so we hope this helps!
NB: Below is a guide based on a mother-led weaning approach. If you would like to see an in depth baby-led weaning guide, see this great site: http://www.babyledweaning.com/
Age By Age Feeding Guide | 0-2 Months
Your bub is still a newborn. All they are worried about is latching onto the breast or natural feeding bottle and getting all the breast milk or formula milk they can fit into their tummy in one day! Look at feeding between 6-8 times a day of breast milk or formula milk. Best way to feed breast milk, other than breastfeeding, is to express the milk into a natural feeding bottle and then storing the breast milk.
Age By Age Feeding Guide | 2-4 Months
Continue breastfeeding or feeding formula. If you want to wean your baby onto the bottle, than do so. Try keeping up the breast milk by expressing if you can. You can store breastmilk in the fridge if you like, so long as it is done safely. Your baby will be feeding about 6-800mls of milk per day, and gaining weight throughout this time.
Age By Age Feeding Guide | 4-6 Months
It’s between these months you should introduce or wean your bub to solids. It doesn’t matter exactly when (so long as it is between 4-6 months), and is a decision for you and your bub! Do whatever feels right. Your baby may start staring at your spaghetti bolognaise with a drooling mouth at 4 months old, and if you’re a baby-led weaning believer, you’ll let him get into it!. If you feel this is right, and you’ve check with your doctor regarding allergies and other health issues, do it.
If you would like to exclusively feed breast milk until 6 months, then do that! Whether you choose baby-led weaning or mother-led weaning is up to you, and you can read more about it HERE. But make sure you have at least introduced one soft food by 6 months of age. Keep up the breast or formula milk in a natural feeding bottle.
The best foods to introduce is also up to you and your bub. Some mums and doctors say infant rice cereal is a good place to start, mixed with breast milk or formula milk.The rule of thumb is give them all foods high in iron and zinc straight off the bat to keep their immune systems strong.
You can introduce a variety of foods, and order doesn’t really matter so long as each food is introduced 2-3 days apart. This is so if your bub has a reaction, you will tell which food category it was that gave it to them!
As another general rule of thumb (like all rules there are exceptions so use your discretion here, depending on if you’re mother-led or baby-led), anything soft is good. Anything mashed, pureed or naturally soft is great. Here is a good list of foods to start with if your wondering what to feed him first up, remembering to always wait 2 days before introducing the next food group:
- Start with the baby rice cereal and breast or formula milk.
- Then introduce pureed vegetables – they say veges before fruit because if they get the sweetness before the savoury you might have trouble getting the veges down!
- Small pieces of soft fruit, or pureed harder fruits like apple and pear.
- Small amount of minced beef and or finely mashed chicken or other meat.
- Pasta is always good, so spag-bol is a big favourite.
- Fish – making sure it’s really well cooked and totally de-boned.
- Fresh, soft bread. Always try and stay healthy with the wholemeal, and don’t go sourdough or anything with a coarse crust too early as it may be too much for their little teeth and gums.
- No condiments necessary because babies have 4 times as many taste buds as us!
- If you are not sure about a food, than always ask your healthcare professional.
Introduce self-feeding now too with a soft, round and shallow baby spoon as early as possible. The earlier the better as it trains their young minds into coordination earlier, and less work for mum later on!
Age By Age Feeding Guide | 6-12 Months
If your bub isn’t on solids yet, you need to start introducing them to solids now. Start with the pureed foods and rice cereal, and other foods high in iron and zinc as above. Small amounts of cows milk or yoghurt can be introduced now too. Babies are commonly lactose intolerant when they are young, and although they can grow out of it, always check for allergies and always ask your doctor.
Slowly introduce harder (but not too hard – see below) more chopped up foods throughout this period. When you think of weaning, just think slowly and in stages. There’s no exact science behind it, but just do things slowly and incrementally and you shouldn’t have too many dramas!
Your little bub should be giving self-feeding with baby cutlery a really good crack during this time, and at the tail end should be mastering it quite well. If not, don’t panic as they will typically pick it up faster as they get older.
Age By Age Feeding Guide | 1 Year +
At the age of 1 year, your bub can fundamentally be eating as per a normal balanced adult diet. They can have dairy now and the breast milk and formula milk can stop (if you like).
Safety First | Choking Hazards
It’s important you are conscious of your baby’s development and eating capabilities. Until they have developed a full set of primary teeth at around 3, small pieces of hard food (apple, carrot etc), foods with small bones, even popcorn, may be dangerous. Don’t feed them anything hard enough and small enough that it could block their airway.
The biggest chocking hazards are nuts and hard lollies, so avoid these until he is about 5. Stringy foods like calamari are also a threat, so don’t introduce them until your baby is about 5 or 6. As a general safety rule, always be in the same room as your bub when they eat. Do this until you are certain they can eat all food groups easily. Make sure you always ask your doctor what foods to feed your bub if you are not sure!
We hope this age by age feeding guide! Please leave is a comment with your own tips or age by age feeding guide in the comments section below!
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