The Complete Guide to Starting Solids

Most parents face a bout of confusion, often asking themselves the invariable questions of when and how to feed their baby. This is a common scenario especially to first time parents. It’s actually not a very complicated task. All you got to do is read the article below;

The Complete Guide to Starting Solids

When Should Baby Start on Solids?

The American Academy of Pediatrics says you should start your child on solids between 4 and 6 months. Within this window, look for some of these developments:

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  • Can sit upright and hold up his head
  • Is curious, looking at everything around him
  • Has mastered tongue movement
  • Seems hungry after getting a full day’s portion of milk (eight to 10 breastfeedings or about 32 ounces of formula)

Should Baby Still Drink Breast Milk or Formula?

How long should you continue with breast milk or formula feedings? These should stay in the picture for a while. They provide necessary nutrition, and your baby is used to them — she’ll be comforted by the feel of a nipple and the taste of milk or formula.

Give baby the breast or bottle first thing in the morning, before or after meals, and before bedtime. At the beginning, you’ll have to experiment to find what works best. If she’s a big drinker — say, if she’d drink a whole bottle before a meal, given the chance — feed her first with food and then with a bottle. If she’s a moderate drinker, try the opposite. Until she’s 7 to 10 months, your baby will probably still drink the majority of her calories. So mealtime is more about her getting used to the act of eating and learning the tastes and textures of foods than it is about providing nutrition.

  • Up to 9 months, feed her 20 to 28 ounces of formula daily or breast milk every 3 to 4 hours.
  • At 9 to 12 months, feed her 16 to 24 ounces of formula daily or breast milk every 4 to 5 hours.

What Should the Feeding Schedule Be?

As soon as baby understands the concept of eating and is excited by and interested in mealtime (this usually happens between 6 and 9 months), start her on a routine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even if she isn’t hungry at times, she’ll get used to the idea of eating on a schedule. “My goal for the babies I care for is to get them on a big-boy or big-girl eating schedule by the time they turn 1,” says Sara DuMond, MD, a pediatrician …


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