Tips on feeding your baby in their first year
The first year of a baby’s life is very important especially when it comes to making sure they are getting the right nutrients. The worst part is when you have no idea where to start. So, I am going to take you through some tips to help you get started.
Try to start off with breastfeeding your baby
After all the research you do on feeding your baby the right milk it can put so much pressure on you to breastfeed your baby. Well firstly you need to make sure that you have yourself a good support system around you for when your baby arrives. I would then suggest breastfeeding you baby for at least the first week and see how it goes. If you feel comfortable with it, then you can then decide whether you want to switch to formula or stay breastfeeding. With breastfeeding it carries so many natural vitamins and minerals for your baby which is why i would recommend it.
Switching over to formula
If you decide to carry on breastfeeding I would suggest starting to mix at around 6 months. This helps to take some of the pressure off you as the mother. Also, at this age the babies are now starting on solids, so they will be getting their minerals vitamins from a variety of foods. I use the cow and gate formula feed 6-12 months. This one works best for my baby. I would recommend this one.
Looking out for cues
Switching over to solids, they say it should be done around 6 months. For me my baby was showing cues before this age. You know your baby best and you will be able to recognise the signs of when your baby is ready. Following strict guidelines is not always the right way as every baby is different. Cues you can look out for are
-Watching you when you eat
-Not appearing satisfied with just milk
– Sitting up well without support
– Starts to chew when you place food in their mouth
How many times should I feed my baby in a day?
Soon as your baby starts on solid it will be best to start off with a routine. This way you have an idea of how much food your baby is getting. The recommended milk while on solids is 210ml. Around this your baby should be having around 3 meals a day with snacks in between.
Try opting for Organic
When moving your baby on to solids try to stick to more organic foods. They contain less chemicals in and unnecessary ingredients. Organic is more natural and you want to make sure your giving your baby the best they can get.
Try avoiding too much sweet food/snacks
Giving your baby too much sweet foods is not only bad for their health but it’s a pain getting them to like other types of food. The best thing to do is try to give them a balanced diet. If you give them something sweet try to also give them something savoury as well as some fruit, veg and dairy throughout the day.
Do you have a routine when it comes to feeding your baby?
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