If you have just received a baby, this is one of the first things that raises questions about it feeding schedule baby. How much and how often should you feed your baby? When do you start with the first snacks (also called exercise snacks) and when do you switch to complete meals? In this blog you will find a useful feeding schedule for your baby.
Number of baby feeding stuffs
In the first four months you feed your baby exclusively breastfeeding or bottle feeding as needed. Keep in mind that each child has his or her own rhythm and need. This means that your baby indicates when he or she is hungry. In the first days your newborn baby can ask for food 10 times or maybe your baby is thirsty and he or she wants to breastfeed or bottle-feed.
Since the stomach of your baby is still very small, not much fits yet. That is why you will have to take your baby more often again. After a week this will decrease to about 7 to 8 times a day. If your baby asks for food less often, it is good to check with the health center.
How do you notice that your baby has eaten enough?
Naturally your newborn baby is already perfectly capable of feeling when he or she is hungry and when the stomach is full. Your baby will automatically release your nipple or stop drinking. Even if the bottle is not empty, if your baby has enough you can stop. Your baby has enough when he or she turns the head away, the milk runs out of the mouth, makes troubled movements or stops eagerly.
Supplement food with vitamin D and vitamin K
Babies from 0 to 1 year need 10 micrograms of vitamin D daily. Babies who are breastfed also need extra vitamin K every day and 150 micrograms. Vitamin K is needed up to 4 months, after which you can stop it.
Below you will find an overview per month of a feeding schedule for babies up to and including 1 year.
Baby feeding schedule 2 weeks to 2 months
Breast-feeding and bottle-feeding should always be done as needed. This will be about 6 to 8 times a day. If you bottle-feed, the amount is approximately:
- 6 x 120 milliliters
- 7 x 80 milliliters
- 8 x 65 milliliters
From 2 months to 3 months your baby will need to be fed about 5 or 6 times a day. Breastfeeding is again entirely at need. Bottle feeding approximately 5 x 130 to 180 milliliters or 6 x 110 to 150 milliliters.
Baby feeding schedule 4 months and exercise snacks
A feeding schedule baby of 4 months old is not very different from the last 2 months. The only difference is that from this month you can start with the practice snacks. You continue until your baby is 8 months old. Practice snacks are very important because your baby gets to know other tastes. Your baby also learns to bite to a spoon and the mouth muscles are trained more.
Your baby is ready for the practice snacks if he or she makes smacking noises or follows your exercise when you are eating delicious. Then it's time to grab the bibber. Always put your child upright when giving the exercise snacks. Examples of snacks are pulped fruit or vegetables, mashed potato or bread without crust. Give mainly food with a soft taste.
Baby feeding schedule 5 months
The food remains as required. Bottle feeding is now 4 (200 to 210 ml) to 5 (150 - 200 ml) times a day. You also try the practice snacks (if that was not successful last month). For example, one or two tablespoons of pureed fruit or vegetables per feed every day. Add to this no salt!
Baby feeding schedule 6 months
If your baby is 6 months old, it's really time to start with the exercise snacks. Breast-feeding and bottle-feeding continues to be around 4-6 diets per day, as needed. You can give the vegetable snacks every time after bottle or breast feeding. For example:
- Breakfast: Food + 1 or 2 tablespoons of vegetable snack.
- Lunch: Food + 1 or 2 tablespoons of fruit juice.
- Evening: Food + one or two tablespoons hot meal (homemade or baby food from 6 months).
- In between: bread crust / rice cake / breadstick with water.
Baby feeding schedule 7 months
The feeding schedule for your baby of 7 months old will always contain more real nutrition. That way you slowly build up to real meals. Breastfeeding and bottle feeding will continue to be about 4 to 6 feedings per day. In addition to the fruit snack or vegetable snack you also add bread and a piece of fruit or 50-100 grams of mashed vegetables.
Sample menu baby 7 months:
- Breakfast: Food + pieces of light brown bread with low-fat margarine and jam / cheese spread.
- Lunch: Food + pieces of bread with toppings.
- Evening: Food + warm meal of about 200 grams with some vegetables (100 grams), mashed potato / rice / macaroni (80 grams), 1 tablespoon fish or meat (20 grams), 1 tbsp oil or soft margarine. You can also grab a jar of baby food. Always prepare the food without salt!
- In between: 1 piece of fruit, bread crust, breadstick or cracker.
Baby feeding schedule 8 months
The feeding schedule for your 8-month-old baby no longer includes exercise bites, now is the time for complete meals! Breastfeeding and bottle feeding will still have 4 to 6 diets per day. In addition, you give your baby a sandwich or a main meal consisting of a sandwich, hot food or porridge and a snack consisting of a piece of fruit or 50 grams of vegetables.
Example menu baby of 8 months:
- Breakfast: Food + pieces of bread with toppings or porridge.
- Lunch: Food + piece of bread with topping or porridge.
- Evening: hot meal such as 4 tablespoons of kidney beans (pureed) with 2 tablespoons of boiled courgette and skinned tomato in pieces.
- Later evening: Nutrition or cup of follow-on milk.
- In between: 1 piece of fruit / fruit, bread crust, breadstick, cracker, rice cake.
Baby feeding schedule from 9 months
From 9 months of age, bottle-feeding or breast-feeding will decrease more and more. At 9 months this is still 3 times a day and from 10 months to 1 year only 2 times a day. These foods make way for real meals.
For example: 1 bread meal (from 11 months 2 bread meals) and 1 hot meal. In addition, your baby will receive a piece of fruit and 1 or 2 servings (50-100 grams) of vegetables.
Baby feeding schedule 1 year
Number of your baby's feeds with the bottle or breastfeeding is now about 2 per day or you give your baby 2 cups of regular milk. Your baby now has 3 main meals, 2 x bread and 1 hot meal. In addition, 1 piece of fruit and 1 to 2 servings of vegetables.
Example menu baby 1 year:
- Breakfast: Food + ½ to 1 slice of brown bread with vegetable margarine from tub and slices of banana.
- In between: tea without sugar.
- Lunch: Food + 1 slice of brown bread with margarine and cheese.
- In between: Bowl of low-fat yogurt, cup of water or tea (without sugar).
- Evening: 1 tablespoon of chicken fillet (finely chopped and well cooked), 2 tablespoons of cooked couscous, 3 tablespoons of mashed broccoli.
- Dessert: peach in pieces and some water.
- Later evening: Nutrition or cup of follow-on milk.