Good Food Recommendations for Your Baby Based on Their Age

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Your baby can be a great source of joy and pride. Being able to last for 9 months of
pregnancy is no small feat and it is a happy and proud moment for moms and dads to
have their own baby.

Because of the long and arduous journey, you want to best provide for your baby’s
needs. Since infants’ bodies are still developing, it is important that you do everything
that you can to make it as optimal as possible.

The only way for you to do that would be to give them the right foods and I will help you
with that. Today, I am going to give you some food recommendations for your baby
based on their age.

But before we begin, do prepare some baby bibs before feeding them some solid foods
so that they won’t make a mess. Anyway, without further ado, let’s get started.

0 to 5 Months

During this time, the only thing that you should be giving to your baby is your breastmilk.
It alone has all of the nutrients that your baby needs for optimal growth and
development.

Since the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended mothers to continue
giving breastmilk up to 2 years, then you should do that as well.

Keep in mind that as your baby grows, the more ounces of milk you should give them.

You do not have to specifically measure the amount of milk that you should give them
because your baby will be the one to tell you if they are full or not.

6 to 8 Months

It is at this age where you can start to give them solid foods to eat. That is because their
bodies have grown considerably since birth and they would require a lot more nutrition
than breastmilk could no longer provide (at least, in sufficient quantities).

If you want to go the safest approach, you can buy baby cereals as they are packed
with good calories, carbohydrates, and other goodies that your baby’s body needs.

You can start to introduce them to fruits and vegetables such as bananas, sweet
potatoes, carrots, green peas, peaches, squash, etc.

Keep in mind that since they still do not have teeth, it would be best that you mash the
foods nicely so that it would be easier for them to eat.

Despite the introduction of solid foods, you should still continue to give them breastmilk
as well. If your breasts are no longer able to produce sufficient quantities, you can
transition to giving them formula milk instead.

8 to 12 Months

At this period, your baby will start teething which means that you can start to introduce
more solid foods. What I mean is that instead of giving them a smooth puree, you can
now give them some bite-sized chunks of food since they now have the ability to chomp
them down before eating.

Anyway, some great foods to give at this time include soft noodles, peeled fruits, soft-
cooked vegetables, melba toast, rice, etc. You can even introduce some meats as well,
such as eggs, poultry, and meats, provided that you give it to them in bite-sized chunks.

1-Year-Old

Your baby can now eat more solid foods and they may need to transition to formula milk
since most mothers are unable to provide sufficient quantities of breastmilk.

Since they are going to be more active at this point, you may need to increase their food
intake. Of course, you may want to consult their doctor for the recommended dietary
allowance.

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