A Guide to Feeding your Baby

A Quick Month by Month Guide to Feeding your Baby

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Here’s our month by month guide to feeding your baby in their first year.

 

Month 1

At first, your baby may breastfeed every few hours – as much as 12 times a day. Let them feed whenever they want 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 mean some days are hungrier than others. Don’t take it as a sign that you need to weaning though – your little one’s digestive tract is still not fully developed so solid foods are off limits for a few more months.

 

Month 4

Your baby is likely to be much more efficient at feeding now, so will need fewer feeds in total. Experts recommend introducing solid food from 6 months so if she’s hungry, try offering extra milk 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. Your baby will still be breast or bottle fed and won’t need solid food yet.

 

Month 6

Many babies start their first solid food at 6 months. There is no specific order that food needs to be introduced in these days, however if you are concerned about allergies introducing first foods one at a time will allow you to detect reactions. And your little one will still need plenty of milk feeds.

 

Month 7

Your baby will be eating a range of solid food now and enjoying the experience of discovering different tastes, flavours and textures that have moved on from smooth puree. You may need to offer the same food several times before they get used to the new taste, so be patient. Your little one may be able to start using a 2-handled cup or a beaker, but could still need help from you.

 

Month 8

Your baby will want to feed themselves using their new picking up skills and holding a bottle or cup, but hand and eye co-ordination may not always result in all the food going in their mouth. Mealtimes should include an increasing variety of foods. Try finger foods – bite-size pieces they can pick up. Never leave your little one alone while eating, in case they choke.

 

Month 9

Becoming competent at eating finger foods your baby will 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 your baby can eat elements of. Eating will continue to be a messy process – especially when using a spoon – but it's nothing to worry about if it's an enjoyable experience and a plastic sheet under their highchair makes clean up easier.

 

Month 10

With growth beginning to slow down, appetite may decrease. Your little one may start to show some food preferences, but keep offering a variety of different kinds of food and textures. Encourage your baby to feed themselves when every you can.

 

Month 11

At this stage your baby will be reaching for food and feeding themselves using hands and utensils. They may also be able to hold a cup and drink from it, although they’re often not yet able 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 they might reject foods at mealtimes. Offer several healthy choices so they can exercise decision-making and still get the nutrition they need.

 

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 they can control. If your little one begins to display fussy eating behaviour don’t worry. Keep food available so they can have little portions during the day, and trust that they will eat when they get hungry. Many parents choose to introduce cow’s milk at a drink at 12 months, as their digestive system can now manage it.

About the Author

About the Author: Rafferty’s Garden is a brand brought to life by our love of good food and by our belief in ensuring Australian babies get an amazing start to their food journey. .

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