A Guide to Feeding Your Baby

Here’s our guide to feeding your baby in her first year.

 

Month 1

At first, your baby may breastfeed every few hours – as much as 12 times a day. Let her feed whenever she wants, as this will help build up your milk supply.

 

Month 2

Your baby might go through a growth spurt at about this time, so be prepared for lots of breastfeeding.

 

Month 3

Your baby should still only be drinking breast milk or formula. All the developmental changes they are going through may make her much hungrier some days. Don’t take it as a sign she is ready for weaning though – her digestive tract is still not fully developed so solid foods are off limits for a few more months.

 

Month 4

She's likely to be much more efficient at feeding now, so will need fewer feeds in total. Experts recommend not introducing solid food until 6 months old so if she’s hungry, try offering extra feeds.

 

Month 5

Some babies may show they’re interested in drinking from a cup by grabbing yours. If you introduce a cup make sure you do so safely. She’ll still be breast or bottle fed and won’t need solid food yet.

 

Month 6

Many babies start on their first solid food at 6 months. It's a good idea to introduce new foods one at a time so you can check your baby is not allergic. She'll still need plenty of milk.

 

Month 7

She’ll be eating a range of solid food now and enjoying the experience of discovering different tastes, flavours and textures. You may need to offer the same food several times before he begins to get used to the new taste, so be patient. She may be able to start using a 2-handled cup or a beaker, but could still need help from you.

 

Month 8

She'll want to feed herself using her new picking up skills and holding a bottle or cup, but her hand and eye co-ordination may not always result in all the food going in her mouth. Mealtimes should include an increasing variety of foods. Try finger foods – bite-size pieces she can pick up herself. Never leave her alone while she’s eating, in case she chokes.

 

Month 9

As she’s now eating finger foods she'll love joining you and the rest of the family at the table. To cut down on cooking, think about meals you can all eat or that she can eat elements of. Eating is likely to be a messy process – especially when she starts trying to use a spoon himself – but it's nothing to worry about if it's an enjoyable experience for her.

 

Month 10

With growth beginning to slow down, her appetite may decrease. She'll start to show some food preferences, but continue to offer her a variety of different kinds of food and textures. Encourage her to feed herself.

 

Month 11

She’ll be reaching for food and feeding herself using her hands at this stage. She can also hold a cup and drink from it, although she’s not yet ready to put it down carefully afterward. If you haven’t already, consider getting her a sippy cup with a lid and a drinking spout. Your baby’s new-found independence means she might reject foods at mealtimes. Offer her several healthy choices so she can exercise her decision-making but still get the nutrition she needs.

 

Month 12

Meal time is often when your baby’s independence comes to the fore, as eating is one of the few areas of life she can control. If she’s become a fussy eater, don’t worry. Keep food available so she can have little portions during the day, and trust that she will eat when he gets hungry. Many parents choose to switch their baby to cow’s milk at 12 months, as their digestive system can now manage it.

 

Our article Feeding Your Baby with Healthy Solid Food from 6th Months and Beyond offers information on the next steps of baby feeding.

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  1. mrs yahveena mingle says:

    What if ur baby dont want to breastfeed as in she doesn’t like breastfeeding.

  2. Emmaa says:

    independence comes to the fore, as eating is one of the few areas of life he can control. Thanks for sharing the best tips

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