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Feeding Guide for the First Year

Making appropriate food choices for your baby during the first year of life is very important. More growth occurs during the first year than at any other time in your child''s life. It is important to feed your baby a variety of healthy foods at the proper time. Starting good eating habits at this early stage will help set healthy eating patterns for life.

Recommended feeding guide for the first year:

Do not give solid foods unless your child''s physician advises you to do so. Solid foods should not be started before 4 months of age because:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants, children, and adolescents take in enough vitamin D through supplements, formula, or cow''s milk to prevent complications from deficiency of this vitamin. Your baby''s physician can recommend the proper type and amount of vitamin D supplement for your baby.

Guide for Formula Feeding (0 to 5 Months)

Age Amount of Formula Per Feeding Number of Feedings Per 24 Hours
1 month 2 to 4 ounces 6 to 8 times
2 months 5 to 6 ounces 5 to 6 times
3 to 5 months 6 to 7 ounces 5 to 6 times

Consider the following feeding tips for your child:

Feeding Guide for the First Year (4 to 8 Months)

Item 4 to 6 Months 7 Months 8 Months
Breastfeeding or Formula 4 to 6 feedings per day or 28 to 32 ounces per day 3 to 5 feedings per day or 30 to 32 ounces per day 3 to 5 feedings per day or 30 to 32 ounces per day
Dry Infant Cereal with Iron 3 to 5 tbs. single grain iron fortified cereal mixed with formula 3 to 5 tbs. single grain iron fortified cereal mixed with formula 5 to 8tbs. single grain cereal mixed with formula
Fruits 1 to 2 tbs., plain, strained/1 to 2 times per day 2 to 3 tbs., plain, strained/2 times per day 2 to 3tbs., strained or soft mashed/2 times per day
Vegetables 1 to 2 tbs., plain, strained/1 to 2 times per day 2 to 3tbs., plain, strained/2 times per day 2 to 3tbs., strained, mashed, soft/2 times per day
Meats and Protein Foods 1 to 2 tbs., strained/2 times per day 1 to 2 tbs., strained/2 times per day
Juices, Vitamin C Fortified 2 to 4 oz. from a cup 2 to 4 oz. from a cup
Snacks arrowroot cookies, toast, crackers arrowroot cookies, toast, crackers, plain yogurt
Development Make first cereal feedings very soupy and thicken slowly. Start finger foods and cup. Formula intake decreases; solid foods in diet increase.

Feeding Guide for the First Year (9 to 12 Months)

Item 9 Months 10 to 12 Months
Breastfeeding or Formula 3 to 5 feedings per day or 30 to 32 ounces per day 3 to 4 feedings per day or 24 to 30 ounces per day
Dry Infant Cereal with Iron 5 to 8tbs. any variety mixed with formula 5 to 8 tbs. any variety mixed with formula per day
Fruits 2 to 4 tbs., strained or soft mashed/2 times per day 2 to 4 tbs., mashed or strained, cooked/2 times per day
Vegetables 2 to 4 tbs., mashed, soft, bite-sized pieces/2 times per day 2 to 4 tbs., mashed, soft, bite-sized pieces/2 times per day
Meats and Protein Foods 2 to 3 tbs. of tender, chopped/2 times per day 2 to 3 tbs., finely chopped, table meats, fish without bones, mild cheese/2 times per day
Juices, Vitamin C Fortified 2 to 6 oz. from a cup 2 to 6 oz. from a cup
Starches 1/4 - 1/2 cup mashed potatoes, macaroni, spaghetti, bread/2 times per day
Snacks arrowroot cookies, assorted finger foods, cookies, toast, crackers, plain yogurt, cooked green beans arrowroot cookies, assorted finger foods, cookies, toast, crackers, plain yogurt, cooked green beans, cottage cheese, ice cream, pudding, dry cereal
Development Eating more table foods. Make sure diet has good variety. Baby may change to table food. Baby will feed himself/ herself and use a spoon and cup.

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