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Feeding a newborn doesn’t sound like it should be a difficult task, right? You prepare meals, and they consume them. Well, things might not be so easy-breezy in real life. It’s more than just preparing meals!
Did you know babies should consume different amounts of nutrients and food depending on what age group they’re in? It’s essential to feed your baby the right food during the first year of life when growth occurs the most compared to any other time.
There’s a lot for parents to learn – not just about what to feed, but also about how and how not to feed them.
From a newborn baby to a grown, thriving eater, here is a step-by-step guide to walk you through the process of feeding your newborn baby that is aged between 0 to 6 months old.
What to feed a 0-3 month-old baby?
Solid foods are off-limits before the baby is 4 months old because:
- Your baby gets all the required nutrients needed for growth from breast milk or baby formula.
- Your baby isn’t physiologically developed to consume solid food from a spoon.
- Side effects of feeding baby food too early or overfeeding solid food can result in diseases like diabetes, obesity, eczema and more.
What to feed?
What to feed a 4-6 month-old baby?
Once your baby reaches this phase, you can start to observe his/her sign of readiness to try solids.
Your child is ready to try solids when they:
- Can sit upright in a baby chair with their head held up.
- Has doubled their birth weight and weighs more than 6kg.
- Can wrap their mouth around a spoon.
- Can move solid food around in the mouth.
What to feed?
Breast milk or formula milk, along with:
- Pureed or strained vegetables.
- Pureed or strained meats.
- Pureed fruits.
- Semi-liquid, iron-fortified (specially designed for infants) cereal.
- Small amount of plain, unsweetened yoghurt.
How to feed baby solids & new food?
When introducing solid foods to your baby, give one new food at a time rather than mixing them. Before adding another new food to the meal, allow 3 to 5 days for your baby to adapt to it. In such a manner, you’ll be able to tell what foods your kid is allergic to or cannot tolerate.
Here is a baby food chart for 0-6 months babies you can refer to:
A healthy and happy baby is raised by eating the right food. Explore a healthier choice for your kids starting today at Farm To Table. Make your parenthood experience a wonderful one with us!