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Feeding Guide for the First Year

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:

feeding your baby solid food too early may lead to overfeeding and being overweight.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 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. In November, 2008, the AAP updated its recommendations for daily intake of vitamin D for healthy infants, children, and adolescents. It is now recommended that the minimum intake of vitamin D for these groups should be 400 international units (IU) per day, beginning soon after birth. 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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