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Baby Feeding Chart: Month By Month to Feeding Your Baby

September 10, 2021

Babies grow so fast, and their dietary needs change nearly as quickly! Check out the recommendations on this chart to learn when, what, and how to feed your baby through their various stages of development.

WhenSigns of ReadinessTypes of FoodTips
0-6 MonthsThe AAP recommends breastmilk or formula as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months of ageBreastmilk or Formula only
4-6 MonthsCan sit up with good head control

Opens mouth eager to eat

Baby is double their birth weight and weigh about 13 pounds or more
Breastmilk or Formula

Pureed fruits and vegetables

Pureed meat

Semi-liquid cereal
Baby will need practice moving food from mouth to throat

Introduce one "single-ingredient" new food from any food group every 3-5 days and look out for any reactions
6-8 MonthsSame as 4-6 monthsBreastmilk or Formula

Pureed or strained fruits and vegetables

Pureed meat

Pureed legumes

Scrambled eggs
Keep track of which foods your baby eats and when to be able to identify the cause of any reactions
8-10 MonthsSame as 4-8 months

Can pick up objects with thumb and forefinger

Chews on everything
Breastmilk or Formula

Mashed fruits and vegetables

Soft finger foods (cereal, pieces of pasta, wafer-like crackers, etc.)

Small pieces of meat

Soft legumes

Scrambled eggs
Make eating a positive experience with lots of smiling and positive talking
10-12 MonthsSame as 4-10 months

Swallowing becomes easier

Attempts to use a spoon

Is growing more teeth
Breastmilk or Formula

Soft fruits and vegetables, or cut into small strips/pieces

Soft finger foods (cereal, pieces of pasta, etc.)

Small pieces of meat

Soft legumes

Scrambled eggs
It’s normal to see a change in the colors and consistencies of your baby’s stools when eating solid foods

Always remember to contact your pediatrician for any specific questions you have regarding your baby. They will always know what is best for your little one.

*The AAP recommends breastfeeding as the sole source of nutrition for your baby for about 6 months. When you add solid foods to your baby’s diet, continue breastfeeding until at least 12 months. 

 

Updated 9/13/21

Source: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Switching-To-Solid-Foods.aspx

 

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