Child Care Baby food What is baby food?
What is baby food?
When your baby is older than 6 months, it is hard to provide the energy and nutrition needed for your baby's growth. That is why you need to give baby food to your baby. Baby food is like food given during practice time to change from a liquid-type formula, such as breast milk or powder milk, to solid food. Even after starting to feed baby food, you should also continue with breastfeeding.
When should I start feeding baby food to my baby?
Prepare baby food from 4 to 5 months after birth when your baby's weight doubles. But you should also consider your baby's physical constitutions and health. If you start it too early, it may cause infantile obesity and allergic responses. By contrary, if it's too late, your baby may obsess over breast/bottle feeding and the growth will slow down due to insufficient nutrition supplies.
When should I give it during a day?
Start feeding baby food when your baby's in a good shape in an environment where she can take food comfortably. Giving baby food before breastfeeding will be a good way to have your baby accept the new type of food. But if you try to give it when your baby is too hungry, she may get irritated and you can't get her to eat anything. Before and after your baby's first birthday, it is better to have her take the baby food together when other family members are also eating.
Frequency and intervals of nursing
||4 to 5 months
||6 to 7 months
||8 to 9 months
||10 to 11 months
|Breast milk and
|Usually 4 to 6 times
a day every
3 to 4 hours
|Usually 3 to 5 times
Usually 3 to 5 times a day
Baby food (twice): about 700ml to 800ml
Baby food (3 times): about 500ml to 600ml
|Usually 3 to 4 times
a day with
at least 600ml
||Once a day
||From once a day
up to twice a day
|Increase it from
2 to 3 times a day along
with one or two in-between meals
|3 times a day regularly
along with two
My baby pushes the food out with the tongue.
At an early period, your baby responds by pushing out the food with the tongue. But this should stop in about 4 to 6 months. As the tongue movement becomes more active, they learn the movement which takes the food and sends it to the molars. If baby food is given too late in the stage, your baby will find it hard to handle food in the mouth; they will hold it in their mouth, refusing to chew it.