Nutrition and Healthy Eating Habits*
Feeding your baby is more than just nourishing his/her body. It is what makes you feel competent as a parent. Feeding soothes a crying baby and it increases the emotional bonds between baby and parent. Your baby's quieted cries, weight gain and soiled diapers are the main feedback you receive that baby is healthy and happy. These are your earliest rewards as a parent.
Newborns - 8 to 10 feedings per day (including 2 during the night). Usually 1-2 hours apart during wakeful times and 3-4 hours apart during restful times.
One to Two Month Olds - 5 feedings in 24 hours (usually 3-4 hours apart).
Three to Four Month Olds - Many babies are sleeping through the middle of the night feedings now.
Five to Six Month Olds - Most babies have moved to about 4 feedings in 24 hours (at 5 hour intervals). Babies begin to get distracted during feedings. Solids have been introduced.
Between 6 & 10 Months - Three-meal-a-day pattern for most babies.
Positive Nutritional Tips:
Around 8 months old, begin to introduce finger foods (cheerios, rice krispies, cheese, sliced turkey, etc...)
*Check with your pediatrician to confirm that this information applies to your baby.
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