As you begin a baby feeding schedule there are a couple of things to consider. Babies depend on their parents to make the best choices when it comes to developing their eating habits. What you do now will have an effect on their well being. You will need to give them a lot of love and have a lot of patience during this stage of their life.
Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding your little newborn the first month you will want to feed them on demand. That means literally every time your baby wants to eat you give them nourishment.
Usually, they will eat every two hours. Some babies are natural born eaters while others need help. Try not to get frustrated if your child does not take to the nipple right away. Do not get discouraged. Just wait a little bit and try again.
Over the next few months your baby should be eating like a professional! You should still only be giving your baby breast milk or formula. They will probably be eating every few hours. If you are very lucky perhaps your little one is sleeping through the night.
Between four to six months you can start to consider feeding your infant solids. You can begin with rice cereal. It is okay to start with pureed food, but you want to take it slow due to a possible allergic reaction.
Try giving them the same vegetable or fruit for a week and then move on to another one. At this stage they should only eat a few tablespoons of solids and the rest of their diet should be breast milk or formula. They may have trouble getting used to this new concept of eating solids and a spoon. Take it slow. Do not force your baby to eat. Be patient. This takes practice.
Over the next couple months the infant will adapt to eating solids. Hopefully, you are giving them a variety of fruits and vegetables to develop their palate. You do not want to stick with one or two that you know they like. Let your baby experience the different flavors and discover.
It is fun to watch their faces as they are trying to figure out if they like something or not. At this point, you are probably giving them breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will still need to give your child plenty of formula or breast milk.
When your baby is around eight months it is okay to start giving them juice. Your child should be progressing through the different stages of food so they can become familiar with different textures. They also have dinner products for babies and meat in baby jars.
Introduce meat in the same fashion that you did with the vegetables and fruits. Try one meat at a time. Avoid giving your baby anything that might be a choking hazard such as grapes, hard candy, and nuts.
After their first year is over your child will be able to drink whole milk. You should continue to expose them to a variety of foods throughout the day for nutritional value.
Getting your baby feeding schedule started and progressing can be difficult at times. You will see that it can also be fun and rewarding for both baby and parent.