Parenting is a full-time job and when it comes with a lot of joy and excitement to the parents-to-be, it also brings a new list of responsibilities and job duties. Becoming parents do not just change your physical but mental as well as financial states also.
How Much Do Babies Eat?
There would be series of questions which would babies eat come every day in your mind as a parent right from the moment you get to know that you are pregnant. Not only is that nine months crucial for you, but also the phase after a baby is born.
The world is new for the newborn as well as you. Post-pregnancy comes to the feeding phase, which is equally filled with confusions and dilemma as you cannot understand the crying language your baby has. Generally, it is observed that the new mums are often facing a common problem which is unable to understand as to how much to feed a baby or how much does a baby eat?
Let us learn the answers to these questions and try to understand the diet of babies’ according to their age.
Few Things To Be Remembered
Your little ones cannot speak or show you any sign that they are hungry or in that case how much hungry they are except crying. Now when crying is connected with anything and everything it becomes tough for you to understand the cause of their cry every time. Checked Food for Baby’s First Year
God knew this and hence he has already imbibed our babies with pre-sense of eating only the portion which makes them feel full. Babies do not over-eat as we do! Keep this thumb rule in mind.
- Do take the advice of your pediatrician before you introduce your baby to anything new. Like, when you start giving him formula milk apart from your breast milk, or when you introduce some fruit or fruit juice in his diet. Whatever it is, it is best to consult the doctor once.
- There is no thumb rule of giving your baby any specific food item. You know your baby well. So once he is 5-6 months of age you can introduce all kinds of food to him.
Diet plan for your baby
Baby’s diet is to be given as per their age. Babies grow week by week, and hence let us see what to feed the baby as per his development.
1. Week 0 to 4
- This is a week when your baby is adjusting more than you are adjusting to him in your new world.
- Their sleeping, eating as well as all other processes are uncertain.
- Give your baby only your breast milk or formula milk.
- You should not give any other liquid or solid food during this course of time as the digestive system is very primarily developed.
- Your baby will need your breast milk at around an interval of one to two hours.
2. Week 4-6
- When your baby is above 4 years you can start giving him semi-solid or mashed food along with your breast milk.
- You can start giving him, fruits like banana, mango, and apples which are soft to gulp and easy for him to start with.
- You can also give mashed boiled potato, sweet potato, squash, bottle guard etc. with a seasoning of your choice in it.
- Softened and cooked meat like beef, chicken, pork, few fish etc.
- Cereals which are rich in nutrients can be given with milk
- Start with very little quantity. Give about one tablespoon-2 tablespoon of cereals soaked with breast milk initially.
- Even if you are giving any mashed fruits or vegetables, give it not more than 2 tablespoons for the same day.
- You can gradually increase the quantity to three to four tablespoon by two weeks of time.
- Divide the meals into equal portions throughout the day and don’t feed everything at once.
3. Week 6-8
- At this stage, you can still feed your baby with breast milk along with inception of introducing few other food items to him.
- Nutrient-rich cereals and oats can be given with milk.
- Boiled vegetables like beetroot, carrot, sweet potato, etc. can be given
- Fruits like peach, avocado, banana, apples, dragon fruit etc.
- You can continue giving well-cleaned and cooked meat.
- Pulses can also be given at this stage. You can feed a semi-solid to liquid pulses which can be prepared by adding boiling water to it.
- Sweetened or flavored yoghurt and soya rich tofu can be given.
- Boiled and mashed kidney beans, black-eyed beans, chick-peas can be given.
- Now, you can give everything in the quantity of 1-3 tablespoon per day.
- For E.g. – Morning you might give 1 -3 tablespoon of cereals/oats, lunchtime you give pulses or lentils, snacks you give fruits and dinner you give boiled vegetables.
- You can give solid or semi-solid food to your baby throughout the day in smaller quantity initially and increasing it gradually.
4. Week 8-10
- You can now start detaching your kid from your breast milk.
- Apart from the food you are giving him, you will now observe that he can hold food on his own can have it with his hands.
- Start giving him more of finger foods.
- You can give him low-fat dairy products like cottage cheese as well cheese (low in fat).
- Cereals which comes in various shapes so that he can hold it and it.
- You can introduce boiled potato sticks to him which you can season it with salt.
- Scrambled eggs can be given.
- Well-cooked pasta which can be seasoned with milk and salt can be given. You can try to give wheat pasta.
- Tiny bagels, cookies, crackers etc. can also be given.
- Adjust all the items in following proportion.
- Food rich in protein content: 3-6 tablespoons
- Dairy products: not more than 1/4thcup initially. You can increase it t0 1/3rd cup eventually.
- Fruits & vegetables: Start with 3/4thof the portion and you can extend up to 1 full portion.
- Cereals & Oats: start with 1/4thof the portion till ½ of it gradually.
5. Week 1-12
- At this age, you have already introduced him to a lot of stuff.
- Apart from all the things you have been giving him, you can add boneless well-cooked fish.
- Also, you can introduce him to combo meals like Mac n cheese or fried rice etc.
- You can at this stage, stop mashing fruits and vegetables and start giving it to him whole (Cut in various size and shapes).
- Barley, wheat and mixed cereals can also be given.
- Fruits & veggies: up to 1 small bowl
- Cereals: up to ½ of small bowl
- Protein-rich food: Up to 5 tablespoons
- Combo meals: Up to ½ of the small bowl
- Dairy-rich food: Up to 1/3rdof the small bowl
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