Motherhood brings you both, the joys and the responsibilities of raising your little one in the best way possible. One of the main concerns of any new mother is to provide her child with the nourishment that he or she needs to grow.
When it comes to food and eating habits of a child, many of you fear that you might not be able to do it properly. Well, no mother is perfect from the beginning and therefore you should not worry too much about it. It is something you will gradually learn. It will not only make you more confident and strong but also allow you to bond with your child.
Here, we have discussed some of the best baby foods and the eating schedules from month 1 to month 12. You can use this to figure out what and how much food you need to feed your child in the first year. So, let’s get started.
We have divided the child food chart into five major sections, namely:
- From birth to 4 months,
- 4 to 6 months,
- 6 to 8 months,
- 8 to 10 months, and
- 10 to 12 months baby food chart
|Month||Signs that your little one is ready for solid food||What to feed||How much to feed every day||Feeding tips|
|Child food chart for age- Birth to 4 months:||The child shows no signs of readiness at this age. It is recommended by doctors to not give any kind of solid food for the first three months as the baby would not be able to process the food.||For the first few months, infants are only to be fed breast milk. Follow a regular baby milk chart until the third month is over. You can try giving solid food in the fourth month only if your little one shows interest in solid food.||The breastfeeding should range from around 50 ml to 120 ml every day. You should keep a baby milk chart and feed around 7 to 8 times a day.||Your child’s digestive tract is still developing, so no need to worry if your child pukes or denies breastfeeding. Just make sure to follow the baby milk chart.|
|Child food chart for age- 4 to 6 months:||If the child:Is able to hold his/her head up and can also sit upright on a chair, he won’t choke after swallowing solid food.Is able to close mouth around a spoon. Can push the food from front to back of the mouthYour little one should weigh at least around 6 kilograms. It assures that providing solid food is completely safe now.||Keep in mind to consult your doctor before you give any kind of solid food to your young one. Here is a solid food chart you can try: Pureed vegetables and fruits Pureed meat like chicken, pork or beef.Iron-fortified cereal meal.Unsweetened yoghurt.Do not give your child cow’s milk until he/she is a year old.||To start with, just provide your child with a teaspoon of pureed food or cereal. Also, you can mix the food with 4 to 5 teaspoons of breastmilk. This will make it easy for the baby to eat as he/she is familiar with the taste. Keep increasing the quantity gradually.||Introduce new foods one at a time and wait for at least two to three days before adding any other solid food in your baby’s eating chart. If your baby shows symptoms of allergy, stop giving that food item. If the allergy gets severe, consult your doctor.|
|Baby eating chart for age- 6 to 8 months:||Same as 4 to 6 months||Breast milk or formula.Pureed or strained fruits and vegetables.Pureed meat along with small amounts of unsweetened yoghurt. A small amount of pureed legumes and Iron-fortified cereal.||1 teaspoon fruit and vegetables to gradually increase it to 2 or 3 tablespoons in four feedings each day.3 to 9 tablespoons cereal in 2 or 3 feedings.||Continue the Have the same feeding habits as you were following during the 4 to 6 months time period. Keep your doctor informed about the food items you provide your child with. |
|Baby eating chart for age- 8 to 10 months:||If the baby:Is able to pick objects with thumb and forefinger. It suggests that it is safe to introduce finger foods. Can move items from one hand to the other, the child is craving for solid food.Keep putting everything in his mouth. This indicates that teething has begun.Moves jaw in a chewing motion.||Small amounts of unsweetened yoghurt.Mashed vegetables and fruits Finger foods like cereal, small bits of scrambled eggs or well-cooked pieces of potato Proteins and iron-fortified cereal||Three-fourth to a cup full of fruits and vegetables.3 to 4 tablespoons of protein-rich food items.Quarter to a half cup of iron-fortified cereal. ||Feeding tips are similar to previous months. Keep observing your child and if you find any symptoms of uneasiness in your child’s behaviour, consult your doctor. Try to keep a log of food items you provide to your baby.|
|Solid food chart for age- 10 to 12 months:||Your baby is now ready to be given mildly cooked food if he/she:Swallows food more easily.Has more teeth.No longer pushes food out of the mouth.Tries to use a spoon.||Soft pasteurized cheese and yoghurt Fruit mashed or cut into cubes or strips.Bite-size, soft-cooked vegetables.Protein-rich foods along with finger foods such as O-shaped cereal.Iron-fortified cereals like barley, wheat, oats, and mixed cereals.||Quarter to a half cup of iron-fortified cereals Three-fourth to a cup full of fruits and vegetables3 to 4 tablespoons of protein-rich food items.||Introduce new foods and try to keep them as light as possible. Make sure to follow a feeding routine. This will allow your child to make up a habit of timely eating. Follow this solid food chart and introduce the foods accordingly. |
The amounts discussed above are general recommendations only, so don’t worry if your little one eats a bit more or less than suggested. Also, it’s not necessary to introduce foods to your child in any special order. If you want to give your baby a taste of roti at age 6 months, go ahead, but consult your doctor beforehand. Try to keep your child well fed and his little tummy full. Eating habits during the first year after birth are very crucial for the overall body development of your child. Proper nutrition, healthy eating habits and proper sleep can only be incorporated if you maintain a feeding schedule. Your child is completely dependant on you for many things, therefore it is your responsibility to make this new world easy for him. Happy parenting!