One of the biggest areas of concern for most parents, naturally, is what to feed your baby and when. The guidelines for feeding babies have changed in recent years, which may feel a little confusing to new parents, or even veteran parents who haven’t had a baby in a few years. To make it simple for you, The Baby Box Co. has created an easy-to-follow feeding chart for both breastfeeding and formula feeding parents.
Our Easy-To-Read Baby Feeding Schedule
What are the different stages of baby food?
Stage 1 Baby Foods
Baby’s first foods! They consist of a single ingredient and are pureed with no added salt or sugar. If you’re making them at home, just know that most commercial stage 1 baby foods contain about 2.5 oz (approx. 5 tbsps) of fruits, veggies, or meats. When it comes to stage 1 foods, use them as an opportunity to monitor your baby for any allergies.
Stage 2 Baby Foods
Stage 2 foods look pretty similar to stage 1 baby foods. However, at this point, they can be strained instead of pureed and you often seen combinations of fruits or vegetables instead of single ingredients.
Stage 3 Baby Foods
Anywhere from 8-10 months your baby may be ready for stage 3 foods. Commercial stage 3 foods contain about 6 oz of baby food per jar, are mashed and have more texture than the pureed foods your baby is used to eating. They may have bits and chunks of meats or veggies in them. Stage 3 foods are the perfect way to transition your baby to table food.
Our Baby Box Co. Recommended Feeding Schedule By Month
What to feed your baby: 1-3 Months
Month 1: 4 ounces of milk, 6-7 times per day
Months 2-3: 4 -5 ounces of milk, 6-7 times per day
- During the first three months of a baby’s life they will only be fed milk (either breast milk, or formula).
- This phase can be exhausting with the amount of feedings an infant requires, but they are growing and changing so much during the first 1-3 months that it is such a precious time to watch them develop.
- During this time babies will let you know when they are hungry by crying.
What to feed your baby: 4-6 Months
Months 4-5: 4-6 ounces of milk, 5 times per day
Month 6: 6-8 ounces of milk, 5 times per day and time to introduce baby food
- Baby food before 6 months of age is not recommended because babies cannot properly digest it before then.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first 6 months.
- When you are ready to introduce solids it’s best to do so one food at a time for several days to be sure there is no food allergy.
- Stage 1 baby food is recommended first. This has more liquid to make it easier for baby to swallow.
What to feed your baby: 7-12 Months
Months 7-9: 7-8 ounces, 4-5 times per day, 1-2 jars of stage 1 or 2 baby food per day
Months 10-12: 8 ounces 3-4 times per day, 1-2 jars of stage 3 baby food, but mostly finger foods
- If you haven’t begun introducing solids yet, now is the time!
- Babies will begin weaning off of milk and consuming more and more solid foods.
- Meat is usually introduced during this stage.
Stage 2 – 3 baby food is now used. These include blends, meats and veggies, and thicker textures.
- Baby food may still be offered, but babies will begin eating finger foods which will help them learn to self-feed.
Helpful hints when it’s time to wean your baby
- “Don’t offer, don’t refuse” – which essentially means: don’t instigate the nursing sessions, but if your baby wants to nurse, don’t refuse to feed him or her.
- Skip a least favorite nursing time, and continue to take them away slowly
- Keep baby busy during feeding times.
- For formula-fed babies weaning them off of formula and onto cows milk and water should occur around the time the baby is one-year-old.