Babies from one month to one year of age undergo changes in their diet very quickly. Infants at the age of one month are purely on mother’s feed or just milk we can say. By the time they reach five months of age, their requirements increase and semi-solid food can be added in the feed.
Doctors and food experts recommend that by the age of 9-12 months, an infant must be eating the food his family members are already taking in their meals. There are some standard ways of developing healthy feeding habits in infants.
Importance of Balanced and healthy feed for infants
This fact can’t be over-emphasized that the babies need the best food for the first year of their lives. Their bodies and minds are growing really fast so they require a well-planned feeding schedule in which all the necessary nutrients are added in everyday diet. These nutrients are important for growth and development. Babies increase in size rapidly and their brain at this age is quite fast growing. All the macronutrients must be a part of their diet.
Importance of feeding schedules in infants
Feeding schedules carry as much of importance as the nutrients in the feed. All the mothers especially new mothers will agree to the statement that babies tend to cry a lot in their first month of life and if mothers don’t try to make a proper schedule in the first month, they face picky eaters, crying babies and insufficiently fed infants later in life.
But if the mother knows the importance and does her homework before the arrival of the new little life, she can manage to have a better and regular feeding routine. It is advised to feed an infant of one month every two hours and exclusive breastfeeding must be given ideally.
After that, she continues to feed her child exclusively on milk but definitely on a planned schedule. And gradually adds solid food in her diet. Bowel movements are also regular if the feeding habits are regular.
Infant Feeding Schedule
An infant feeding schedule or chart is basically a guide and helpful format for the mothers to create a regular routine in an infant’s feeding cycle.
This feeding schedule begins early in the morning at around five when the mother feeds her child and mentions the quantity of food.
For example, if the mother feeds milk to her child, she will mention how many ounces were fed to him at five in the morning.
She will also mention the food type in case some solid food is given. In the case of milk, for instance, she can mention milk and its nutrients if she wishes.
If she feeds her six months old baby a banana, she will mention the quantity of banana and the nutritional value of banana. If she is feeding some food which consists of more than one ingredient, she will write down all the constituent ingredients of the diet at that specific time. She can add additional notes or baby responses at the end if she wants.