Newborns have varying nutritional needs depending on their age. For instance, toddlers like to eat more often compared to tiny newborns. Generally for newborns to grow well, they need to feed 8-12 times a day (24 hours). However, before starting to feed your baby, you need to establish a useful newborn feeding chart or plan.
In this article, we are going to discuss how to adequately feed your newborn based on the baby’s feeding behaviors. However, the suggested amounts of meals that the baby should consume are a recommendation. Therefore, you have nothing to worry about when your newborn eats less than the recommended amounts.
12-Month Newborn Feeding Chart for Your Baby
The feeding pattern for every baby changes with time. The types of food that every child feeds on to vary with each feeding stage. As a parenting mother, you ought to use the following feeding guidelines to keep your baby healthy.
Between Birth to 3 Months (Newborn Feeding)
During this period, the baby only relies on the nutrients from breast milk or sometimes formula. The newborns should feed on breast milk after every 3 hours upon demand. The newborn’s tummies are usually small. Therefore, you don’t have to force your newborn to take more milk when the stomach is already full.
With the formula, consider feeding your child after every three to four hours. That is six to eight feedings in 24 hours. Because the newborn’s tummy is still developing, do not feed your baby solid foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables, and meat.
Every feeding should range from 1 to 3 ounces. However, at two months old, the baby can take up to 5 ounces in every feeding (after 3-4 hours).
Between 4 to 6 Months (Infant Feeding)
Between 6-9 Months (Infant Feeding)
During this period, the baby’s breast milk intake reduces to about four to six feedings in 24 hours. Most infants feed themselves at about eight months of age. It is at this age that you should try giving your baby some soft solid foods such as bananas, mashed potatoes, minced meat, and cooked vegetables.
Because your baby may be ready to eat solid foods at that age, you can begin giving your baby finger foods such as rusks. Other meals include pureed legumes, cereals that are iron-fortified, and pureed tofu. Consider introducing new foods every three to five days.
Between 9-12 Months (Toddler Feeding)
At this age, the baby should be able to eat various foods including solid foods. It is at this stage that infants would pick anything and put it into their mouth. For that reason, babies find it easy to pick and chew solid foods slowly without the help of their parents. However, breast milk of up to 4 feedings in a day may still be vital for growth.
At the age of one year, your child should be able to eat what the rest of your family is eating without any difficulty. However, you should offer nutritious meals to your growing kid. Babies at this age may eat little amounts of food but frequently. Therefore, you ought to develop a workable newborn feeding chart.
A good newborn feeding chart should record the number of times your baby should eat in a day, the types of foods, and the specific amounts of foods.
Feeding Tips for Newborns
What to Consider in a Newborn Feeding Chart
Feeding Frequency: Frequent feeding may reduce the time it takes for more milk to manufacture. In the limited supply of milk, you may use a formula to supplement the standard milk requirement.
Importance of Frequent Feeding
Frequent feeding is essential for a growing newborn. Here are some of the benefits of frequent newborn feeding.
- Helps the newborn to gain enough calories from the milk
- Promotes the development of the newborn’s body such as increased body weight
- Increase the prolactin level in the mother which stimulates the production of more milk