Feeding an infant can be a worrying topic for many new parents. Am I feeding my baby enough? Am I feeding her too much? How can I track my baby’s feeding to make sure I’m feeding the correct amounts?
We’ve all been there! Being a new parent can be difficult and stressful; feeding baby doesn’t have to be. We can help you understand how much your baby should be fed and how to keep track of how much your baby is eating.
There are many general feeding guidelines as your baby grows. Remember to always consult your child’s pediatrician when you are concerned or have questions about your baby’s diet.
Breastmilk and formula
- Babies should only be fed formula or breastmilk for the first 4-6 months.
- In general, a newborn will eat 1.5-3 ounces every 2-3 hours.
- A two-month-old eats, on average, 4-5 ounces ever 3-4 hours.
- A four-month-old will generally eat 4-6 ounces at each feeding and will take about 5 feedings in a day.
- At six months you can expect baby 6-8 ounces in a feeding every 4-5 hours.
Things definitely change when solids get thrown into the mix! Every baby is different but you can follow some guidelines with feeding solids too.
- There are varying opinions on what foods to start your baby on first. So talk with your baby’s pediatrician to decide what is best. You’ll want to start baby on about one teaspoon of food and then work their way up to one tablespoon twice a day. The most important part of feeding in the beginning is helping baby to learn what solid food is and how to eat it. They’ll get most of their nutrition from breastmilk or formula.
- From 6-8 months old your baby will likely be eating about eight ounces of solid food in 2-3 meal times per day.
- Between 8-12 months babies generally eat three square meals a day, gradually increasing the amount and variety of food.
Remember, these are just guidelines and you should always consult your child’s pediatrician about specific dietary needs.
Speaking of the pediatrician, if there are any questions or concerns about your child’s diet your pediatrician may ask for a detailed log of what foods your baby has been eating. The BlueSmart Baby Tracker app is there to help you track all of your baby’s food intake to make this super easy.
After you set up the app you can simply use your BlueSmart mia to track your baby’s bottle feeding amount in the app. To track your child’s solid food intake you can use the journal feature of the app. Both the bottle feeding tracker and the journal can be shared with anyone you choose, including your child’s pediatrician!