During the first few weeks up to four months old, your baby's only source of nutrients is milk. Every day, the amount of milk that you give him will be increasing as he grows and gains weight. Soon, the average four ounces of milk that you give him every four hours will turn to five then six. The good news is, feeding time grows longer apart as the amount of milk your baby consumes increases. If you choose not to breastfeed your infant, milk supplements like baby formulas can be used to provide the nutrients that your baby needs in order to grow. Ask your baby's pediatrician for a recommended milk formula that is suited to your baby's nutritional needs.
When your baby shows signs of physical independence, he is ready for solid food. You will notice that after a few weeks, your baby will need less and less support on his head because he is able to hold it up on his own. This and others signs like chewing motion and closing his mouth around a spoon can help you determine if your baby is ready for solid food. By four months, when your baby is able to hold is head up on his own and sit with or without support, it is best to start feeding him with semi-solid iron-fortified rice cereal, oats and barley. When preparing the food, it is best to mix it with breast milk or infant formula. Mix about one teaspoon dry rice cereal with four to five teaspoons breast milk or infant formula. Gradually thicken consistency and increase to one tablespoon dry cereal mixed with breast milk or formula, twice a day.It is normal for babies to reject the solid foods during the first try. It takes a bit of getting used to before your baby will start to appreciate the rice meal.
It is often the new texture and sensation in his mouth that makes your baby rejects the food. In due time and after several tries, your baby will get used to eating solid food instead of just drinking milk. At any time, until your baby reaches two years of age, it is still advisable to feed him milk aside from solid food. Milk formulas should be continued until all through out your child's toddler years. Milk is essential to bone development and as your baby grows, he will be learning different things that would require him to have strong OEM Double Cylinder Air Compressors Manufacturers bones.There are many ready-to-eat baby food you can choose from on the market. Feed your baby with different food every three to four days.
This way, you can easily determine the cause of any allergic reaction your baby may have on certain food. There are varying recommendations as to what food you should first feed your baby. Some say yellow-colored fruits and vegetables should be part of your baby's first diet while some claim that green ones are the best. Remember to put your child in proper position, like having him sit on a high chair, when feeding him. Separate feeding time with play time to make sure your baby eats properly. Starting him early on good eating habits will go a long way.