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Baby Feeding Chart: What Should Your Baby Eat According to His Age?

Feeding your baby is one of the most essential tasks as a parent. It’s not just about filling their tiny tummies, but also ensuring they get the necessary nutrients for their growth and development. This can be a daunting task, especially for new parents. But don’t worry, that’s where a baby feeding chart comes in handy.

A baby feeding chart is more than just a schedule. It’s a comprehensive guide that outlines the amount and type of food your baby needs at different stages of their growth. It includes detailed information about breast milk, infant formula, and the gradual introduction of solid foods. It’s like a roadmap to your baby’s nutritional needs, helping you navigate the complex world of infant feeding.

Why Use a Baby Feeding Chart?

This kind of chart is a valuable tool for several reasons. First, it helps ensure your baby gets the right nutrients in the right amounts. This is crucial for their growth and development. Second, it helps you understand your baby’s feeding patterns and adjust as needed. This can be especially helpful in identifying any feeding issues early on. Lastly, it provides a sense of structure and routine, which can be comforting for both you and your baby.

Creating Your Baby Feeding Chart

Creating a full baby feeding schedule and chart is not a one-size-fits-all process. It needs to be tailored to your baby’s specific needs. Here’s a general guide to get you started:

Feeding Chart for Newborns

Baby Feeding Chart

In the first few weeks of life, newborns typically feed every 2-3 hours, primarily on breast milk or formula. The exact amount can vary, but a general guideline is 1.5 to 3 ounces per feeding. It’s important to note that newborns may need to be woken up for feedings to ensure they get enough nutrition.

Breast Milk

Breast milk is a nutrient-rich food source perfectly designed for your baby’s early growth and development. It contains proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and antibodies that boost your baby’s immunity. Furthermore, it’s easily digestible, making it ideal for newborns with developing digestive systems. Beyond nutrition, breastfeeding offers a unique bonding experience, with skin-to-skin contact fostering a sense of security and love for your baby. However, the decision to breastfeed is personal and depends on various factors, including comfort level, lifestyle, and medical considerations.


Baby formula is a manufactured food designed to feed babies and infants, typically prepared for bottle-feeding or cup-feeding from powder or liquid. It’s nutritionally complete, designed to mimic the nutritional composition of breast milk, and fortified with essential nutrients for a baby’s growth and development. The formula can offer convenience and flexibility, allowing others to feed the baby and providing parents with knowledge of exactly how much their baby is consuming. Special formulas are also available to cater to specific dietary needs or allergies. As with breastfeeding, the decision to use formula is personal and should be made in consultation with a healthcare professional.

Feeding Chart for Infants (1-3 months)

Infants aged 1-3 months primarily consume breast milk or formula. Their feeding schedule typically involves eating every 3-4 hours. The amount they consume at each feeding can vary, At this stage, solid foods are not yet introduced as their digestive system is still developing. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized advice on feeding your infant. Between 1 and 3 months, your baby’s appetite will increase, and they’ll become more vocal about telling you when they’re hungry. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that a 2-month-old baby will usually eat 4 to 5 ounces every three to four hours.

Feeding Chart for Infants (4-6 months)

Three Solid Meals

At this stage, babies still rely heavily on breast milk or formula, but they can start trying small amounts of solid foods. This is a big milestone in your baby’s life! They typically eat every 3-4 hours and consume about 4-5 ounces of solid food per feeding. Solid foods at this stage are more about exploration and getting used to different textures and flavors, rather than a main source of nutrition.

Babies who are ready to try solids, tend to show some signs. These signs indicate that they have developed the necessary motor skills to handle solid foods and are interested in exploring new tastes and textures. Here are some of the signs to look out for:

Mastering the Grabbing Skill

Babies who are ready for solids often show an interest in food by reaching out for it. They have developed the motor skills to grab objects, including food, and bring them to their mouth.

Developing Head and Neck Control

Your baby needs to be able to hold their head up on their own to eat solid foods. This is important for safe swallowing.

Losing the Tongue-Thrust Reflex

Babies are born with a reflex that automatically pushes food out of their mouths. When this reflex starts to disappear, it’s a sign that your baby may be ready for solids.

Doubling Birth Weight

Most babies are ready for solids once they have doubled their birth weight. This usually happens around 6 months of age.

Showing Interest in Your Food

If your baby watches you eat with interest, reaches for your food, or opens their mouth when you’re eating, it could be a sign they’re ready to join you at the table.

Feeding Chart for Older Infants (6-9 months)

Solid Meals

As your baby grows, their diet begins to change. Older infants start eating a wider variety of solid foods while still getting a good amount of breast milk or formula. They usually eat every 3-4 hours and consume about 6-8 ounces per feeding. This is also the time when you can start introducing sippy cups and more table foods.

When your baby reaches the age of 6-9 months, they’re usually ready to start exploring a wider variety of foods. At this stage, they’re still getting most of their nutrition from breast milk or formula, but solid foods start to play a more significant role in their diet. Here are some types of foods you can introduce to your older infant:

Pureed or Mashed Fruits

Apples, bananas, peaches, pears, avocados, and prunes are all good choices. Make sure to cook and puree or mash the fruits until they’re a suitable texture for your baby.

Pureed or Mashed Vegetable

Start with mild-tasting vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, or butternut squash. As your baby gets used to these, you can gradually introduce more varied flavors.

Cereal Grains

Iron-fortified baby cereals, such as rice or oatmeal, are a common first food. You can mix the baby food with breast milk, formula, or water to reach the baby food’s desired consistency.

Protein Foods

Pureed vegetables, meats, beans, lentils, or tofu can be introduced to provide essential proteins. Start with small amounts and increase gradually as your baby gets used to these new foods.

Finger Foods

As your baby develops their pincer grasp, you can start offering small, soft pieces of food that they can pick up and eat themselves. This could include small pieces of ripe banana, well-cooked pasta, baby cereal, or soft cheese.

Remember, it’s important to introduce new foods one at a time and wait a few days before introducing another. This way, if your baby has an allergic reaction, it’s easier to identify the culprit. Always consult with a healthcare professional if you have any food allergies or any concerns about your baby’s diet or nutrition.

Feeding Chart for Infants (9-12 months)

How Much Solid food

As your baby grows and develops, their diet begins to change. By the time they reach 9-12 months, they’re usually ready to start eating a wider variety of foods and textures. Here are some types of foods you can introduce to your older infant:

Soft, Cooked Vegetables

You can start offering larger pieces of soft, cooked vegetables like carrots, peas, or sweet potatoes. These can be cut into small, bite-sized pieces that your baby can pick up and eat themselves.

Soft Fruits 

Fruits like ripe bananas, peaches, or melons can be cut into small pieces. You can also offer mashed or pureed fruits.

Protein Foods 

Continue to offer pureed meats, beans, lentils, or tofu. You can also start introducing small pieces of soft, cooked meat or fish. Make sure to remove all bones and cook thoroughly.


You can offer small pieces of bread or pasta, rice, or cereals. These should be cooked until soft and cut into small pieces.


Full-fat yogurts and cheeses can be introduced at this stage. Avoid offering cow’s milk as a drink until your baby is 12 months old, but it can be used in cooking or mixed with food.

Finger Foods 

Your baby’s motor skills are improving, so offering a variety of finger foods can help them practice self-feeding. Make sure the foods are soft, easy to swallow, and cut into small pieces to prevent choking.

Feeding Chart for Toddlers (1-2 years)

When your baby transitions into toddlerhood (1-2 years), their diet should include a wider variety of foods. Whole fruits and vegetables, protein-rich foods like meats, fish, eggs, beans, and tofu, whole grain bread, cereals, pasta, and rice, and full-fat dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt should be part of their daily meals. Healthy fats, such as avocados and nut butter, are also essential for their development. Finger foods and snacks like small pieces of cheese, cut-up fruit, cooked vegetables, and whole-grain crackers can be included too. Remember, toddlers can be picky eaters with fluctuating appetites, so variety is key. Always supervise meal times to prevent choking and consult a healthcare professional for any dietary concerns.

Factors to Consider in Baby Feeding

Feeding your baby is not just about following a chart. It’s also about understanding your baby’s unique needs and cues. Here are some factors to consider:

Baby’s Age and Development

Your baby’s age and developmental stage play a crucial role in determining how much milk is in their feeding schedule and diet. As your baby grows and develops, their nutritional needs change. It’s important to adjust their feeding chart accordingly.

Baby’s Hunger Cues

Babies give cues when they’re hungry and when they’re full during bottle feeding them. These can include behaviors like opening their mouth, turning their head towards the breast or bottle, crying when they’re hungry, turning away, closing their mouth, or becoming fussy when they’re full. Paying attention to these cues can help you feed your baby appropriately and avoid overfeeding or underfeeding.

Health Considerations

Some babies may have health issues that affect the typical feeding schedule. These can include allergies, reflux, or other medical conditions. Always consult with a healthcare professional if you have concerns about your baby’s feeding habits or nutritional intake. They can provide guidance and help you modify the feeding chart as needed.

Introducing Solid Foods

Most babies are ready to start solids around 6 months of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, since all babies are different, your child may follow a slightly different timeline. So, how can you know when your baby is ready? Babies who are ready to try solids tend to show some signs, including mastering the grabbing skill, developing head and neck control, and losing the tongue-thrust reflex that automatically pushes food out of their mouth.

In conclution, a baby feeding chart is a valuable tool for ensuring your baby gets the right nutrients at the right times. It provides a roadmap to your baby’s nutritional needs, helping you navigate the complex world of infant feeding. However, it’s important to remember that every baby is unique, and what works for one might not work for another. Always consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns. And remember, feeding your baby is not just about nutrition, but also about building a bond with your baby and creating a nurturing environment.

What should I include in a baby feeding chart?

A baby feeding chart should include the type of food (breast milk, formula, solids), the amount, and the frequency of feeding. It can also include notes on your baby's reactions to new foods or any allergies.

When should I introduce solid foods to my baby? 

Most babies are ready for solid foods around six months, but it can vary. Always consult with a healthcare professional before introducing new foods.

How much should my baby eat at each feeding?

The amount varies with age and the type of food. Newborns typically eat 1.5 to 3 ounces per feeding, while older babies and toddlers eat more. Always follow your baby's cues and consult with a healthcare professional if you have any concerns.

What if my baby refuses to eat certain foods?

It's normal for babies to refuse food at first. Keep trying, but don't force it. If concerns persist, consult with a healthcare professional.

Can I use a baby feeding chart for twins or multiples?

Yes, but each baby may have different needs. It's important to monitor each baby's growth and adjust the feeding chart as needed.

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