Begin with a little amount of food and pay attention to your baby’s hunger signals. Start with a tablespoon or two of food in most cases. You can gradually increase the amount as your child grows. The most significant indicators for delivering more food or discontinuing the feeding session are appetite cues. Small portions are a useful guideline for how much food to feed your kid, but they aren’t a meal plan in and of themselves. Pay attention to your baby’s symptoms of hunger. They will determine how much food they consume at meals.
Serving size guidelines can be helpful, but keep in mind that each infant is unique. It’s totally natural for your little eater to eat (and even have seconds or thirds) one day and then close her small mouth the next.
Don’t be concerned if your cutie’s appetite isn’t always consistent or if the foods she chooses to consume don’t quite equal the required servings.
Forcing your baby to eat when she doesn’t want to isn’t fun for either of you, and it can make it more difficult for her to recognize her body’s natural hunger and fullness cues over time.
Instead, provide a range of nutrient-dense foods in age-appropriate serving sizes and let your child handle the rest. Your new nosher is capable of consuming what her body requires.
As long as you provide various options, she’ll most likely acquire what she requires throughout the day or week.
But what about the other hand? Trust your instincts. If you feel your baby has a feeding problem, is uncomfortable or particularly irritable after eating, or isn’t gaining weight as she should, consult your pediatrician. You can figure out what’s going on and make dinner more joyful by working together.
How do I incorporate breastfeeding or bottle-feeding once I introduce solids?
Even if your baby is sucking purées from a spoon (or learning to gum at finger foods if you’re pursuing a baby-led weaning strategy), breast milk or formula will still provide the majority of her nutrients. Consider the solids you serve at first as nutritional supplements and opportunities for your sweetheart to try different flavors and sensations.
When should you use a bottle or your breast, and when should you feed foods to your baby? There are no hard and fast rules. Some parents think that breast milk or formula appetizer is a nice way to start a meal so that their children aren’t too hungry to sit down and eat.
Others provide solids as a first meal, followed by breast milk or formula for dessert. Then some moms choose to keep food and nursing or bottle-feeding sessions separate.
Because there is no hard and fast rule, try several feeding schedules until you discover one that works for you.