Parents should follow simple but essential feeding rules to grow a healthy child. Pediatricians state that mothers should breastfeed babies when they want during their first months of life. What about a formula feeding chart? How much should you give so as not to overfeed a baby? What formula is better for your infants? Let’s find it out.
What Formula to Choose
Online and brick-and-mortar stores are packed with baby formulas from various manufacturers. The available variants challenge a new parent who knows nothing about standards. The safest and healthiest formula is organic because it doesn’t contain ingredients that don’t fit a baby’s vulnerable organism.
To make sure that the product is suitable for your infant, it is better to look for the following ingredients on the baby formula pack:
- organic goat’s or cow’s powdered milk
- natural vitamins and minerals such as D, E, Ca, iron, etc.
- probiotics and prebiotics for gassy babies or those with frequent constipation
The mixture mustn’t have chemicals, flavors, sugar, stabilizers, thickeners, GMOs, and antibiotics. In other words, it must resemble breast milk to the greatest extent.
Is Formula Feeding Chart Important?
Human organisms suffer when digesting food without breaks. That is why it is important to keep to a formula feeding chart to develop healthy eating habits and prevent health complications. Baby formula and breast milk are the only food and drink for babies under six months old. Parents should keep 3 hours breaks between meals, and their feeding schedule should look like this:
- 1-month-old infants eat 2-4 ounces of formula 6-8 times a day;
- 2-month-old babies eat 5-6 ounces of mixture 5-6 times a day;
- 3-5 month-old kids eat 6-7 ounces of formula 5-6 times per day.
- 6-month-old children start combining baby formula and adult meals.
It is essential to prepare formulas properly to avoid germs and bacteria.
First Adult Food Rules
When a baby is six months old, it is necessary to adapt it to adult food. Parents should follow the following rules:
- one new food at a time
- add each new product with the 3-5 day breaks
- start with a teaspoon and gradually enlarge the serving
- don’t add sugar and salt
- water is the best drink
- use adapted cereals as main courses
- avoid raw or poorly processed fish, milk, and meat
Adult food doesn’t mean fast food. Fast food is not the best option for babies, so you should select healthy alternatives (fruit, vegetables, cereal, fish, meat. eggs, dairy, greenery, etc.) to develop healthy eating habits in your child.