Babies’ Diet Plan

December 9th, 2016
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After a child is born, a mother realizes how harder it’s only going to get as the child is going to grow older. They are not sure what to feed the child with and are often worried because of it. To help ease their mind and put their worries to rest, we have produced this article.

From the time of birth to 4 months, the feeding behavior consists of breastfeeding or formula. Rooting reflex helps your baby to turn toward a nipple to find nourishment. As your baby’s digestive tract is still developing, no solid food is allowed for now.

By the time your child reaches the age of 4 to 6 months, you will want to shift to solid foods but know that it doesn’t matter whether your baby is breastfed or bottle-fed, there’s no rush to start solids. However, you can let the baby eat solid food if it can hold his/her head up, sits well in a highchair, makes chewing motions, shows significant weight gain and weighs at least 13 pounds, shows interest in food and/or can close mouth around a spoon. You can feed it breast milk or formula, and in case of solid food, you can feed it following:

  • Pureed vegetables (sweet potatoes, squash)
  • Pureed fruit (apples, bananas, peaches)
  • Pureed meat (chicken, beef)
  • Semi-liquid, iron-fortified cereal

The next question of how much per day can you feed; begin with 1 teaspoon pureed food or cereal. Mix cereal with 4 to 5 teaspoons breast milk or formula. Then increase to 1 tablespoon of pureed food or 1 tablespoon of cereal mixed with breast milk or formula. You may give it twice a day.

Next, for the ages between 6 and 8 months, it is essential that your child shows an interest in food. If he/she doesn’t, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. The feed is same as the above (for 4 to 6 months). You can include the following:

  • Pureed tofu
  • Small amounts of unsweetened yogurt (no cow’s milk until age 1)
  • Pureed legumes (black beans, chickpeas, edamame, fava beans, black-eyed peas, lentils, kidney beans)
  • Iron-fortified cereal (oats, barley)

Again, start with a teaspoon fruit; then gradually increase it to 2 or 3 tablespoons. Same for the vegetables and for cereal, 3 to 9 tablespoons would be fine.

As the child reaches a period between the ages of 8 to 10 months, there are only minute changes to his/her diet. You will notice how your baby will pick up objects with a pincer grasp and can transfer items from one hand to the other. In addition to what you were feeding before, add small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese and cottage cheese, mashed vegetables, mashed fruits, finger foods (O-shaped cereal, small bits of scrambled eggs, well-cooked pieces of potato, well-cooked spiral pasta, teething crackers, and small pieces of bagel) and proteins. From teaspoons and tablespoons shift to cups.

Lastly, during 10 to 12 months, you may feed your child soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese fruit mashed or cut into cubes or strips, bite-size, soft-cooked vegetables, combo foods (macaroni and cheese, casseroles), proteins, finger foods and iron-fortified cereals (barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals).

Following this, your child will be healthiest and will grow according to his/her age.

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