We each journey from infancy to adulthood, facing challenges and joys, learning and growing, to become mature individuals. As time progresses, we'll enter parenthood and encounter the profound role of being a mother or father. This prompts contemplation about raising our child as our parents did and understanding crucial insights.
Let's delve into the world of babies, exploring the essential aspects to consider.
About baby’s Food:
Newborn infants undergo various stages of growth, each necessitating distinct care and feeding approaches. These early stages hold significant importance, marking the introduction to the external environment and the establishment of habits related to food, toys, and more. Research indicates that a child's lasting food preferences and flavors often stem from their initial developmental phases. Additionally, parental eating habits and behaviors can impact a baby's brain function. This underscores the need for heightened attention to baby food, motivating the preparation of flavorful, nutritious, and fresh meals at home.
Baby from 0 to 5months needs breastfeeding or formula to provide the nutrients they need. Giving solid food during this period is unsuitable for the baby’s health and might cause overfeeding and overweight. From 6 to 12 months, they could take solid food. Check the detailed feeding guide below for different stages of the baby’s growth and development.
Guide for formula feeding (0 to 5 months)
|Age||Amount of formula per feeding||Number of feedings per 24 hours|
|1 month||2 to 4 ounces||6 to 8 times|
|2 months||5 to 6 ounces||5 to 6 times|
|3 to 5 months||6 to 7 ounces||5 to 6 times|
|Item||4 to 6 months||7 months||8 months|
|Breastfeeding or formula||4 to 6 feedings per day or 28 to 32 ounces per day||3 to 5 feedings per day or 30 to 32 ounces per day||3 to 5 feedings per day or 30 to 32 ounces per day|
|Dry infant cereal with iron||3 to 5 tbs. single grain iron fortified cereal mixed with formula||3 to 5 tbs. single grain iron fortified cereal mixed with formula||5 to 8 tbs. single grain cereal mixed with formula|
|Fruits||1 to 2 tbs., plain, strained/1 to 2 times per day||2 to 3 tbs., plain, strained/2 times per day||2 to 3 tbs., strained or soft mashed/2 times per day|
|Vegetables||1 to 2 tbs., plain, strained/1 to 2 times per day||2 to 3 tbs., plain, strained/2 times per day||2 to 3 tbs., strained, mashed, soft/2 times per day|
|Meats and protein foods||1 to 2 tbs., strained/2 times per day||1 to 2 tbs., strained/2 times per day||1 to 2 tbs., strained/2 times per day|
|Snacks||Arrowroot cookies, toast, crackers||Arrowroot cookies, toast, crackers, plain yogurt||Arrowroot cookies, toast, crackers, plain yogurt|
|Development||Make first cereal feedings very soupy and thicken slowly.||Start finger foods and cup.||Formula intake decreases; solid foods in diet increase.|
Feeding guide for the first year (9 to 12 months)
|Item||9 months||10 to 12 months|
|Breastfeeding or formula||3 to 5 feedings per day or 30 to 32 ounces per day||3 to 4 feedings per day or 24 to 30 ounces per day|
|Dry infant cereal with iron||5 to 8tbs. any variety mixed with formula||5 to 8 tbs. any variety mixed with formula per day|
|Fruits||2 to 4 tbs., strained or soft mashed/2 times per day||2 to 4 tbs., mashed or strained, cooked/2 times per day|
|Vegetables||2 to 4 tbs., mashed, soft, bite-sized pieces/2 times per day||2 to 4 tbs., mashed, soft, bite-sized pieces/2 times per day|
|Meats and protein foods||2 to 3 tbs. of tender, chopped/2 times per day||2 to 3 tbs., finely chopped, table meats, fish without bones, mild cheese/2 times per day|
|Starches||1/4-1/2 cup mashed potatoes, macaroni, spaghetti, bread/2 times per day|
|Snacks||Arrowroot cookies, assorted finger foods, cookies, toast, crackers, plain yogurt, cooked green beans||Arrowroot cookies, assorted finger foods, cookies, toast, crackers, plain yogurt, cooked green beans, cottage cheese, ice cream, pudding, dry cereal|
|Development||Eating more table foods. Make sure diet has good variety.||Baby may change to table food. Baby will feed himself or herself and use a spoon and cup.|
And homemade food is definitely the best and safest choice than those bought outside. You can manage the right amount of recipes on your own, giving enough nutrients and a balanced diet to your baby so that they can take the energy from protein, fruit, soup, veggies, dairy, and other foods. These foods only require simple recipes and cooking.
Recipe recommend ( for babies that are over 12months)
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We are pleased to introduce this simple recipe to you. It’s easy to make and delicious to take: sweet potato pasta ( From Karinamustafa on tiktok)
- 3 sweet potatoes
- 1/4 onion
- 1 tomato
- 2 small carrots
- 4–5 cups of water
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup parsley
Boil the above ingredients together and check for veggie tenderness after 10 mins.
While you are waiting for veggies, boil cute animal pasta for 7–8 mins (rice&corn pasta)
Add all veggies to a blender with the veggie broth, and blend until smooth.
Combine & serve to your baby~ Look how he acts like a champ; seize the spoon like Archimedes prying the earth.
Alternatives for healthy cooking.
One thing that is even more challenging than making baby food is picking suitable cookware. Why? Because there’re too many of them! Hard to decide and choose the right one, especially since the material must be 100% healthy and non-toxic. You may have no absolute idea about it, but we have a perfect choice for you——let’s talk about the benefits that granite cookware can bring:
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4. Exclusive nonstick property.
It only requires a little butter or oil, yet can achieve better effects. Less fat and a healthier meal are absolutely what you need for your baby’s food.
5. Easy to clean.
You only need to rinse it with soapy water and use a soft sponge or dishwashing cloth to clean it. Easy and convenient.
I am pretty sure that watching babies eating is absolutely lovely, and worth every effort you made. Parenting always requires patience and the right methods, and you’ll master all kinds of problems as time passes, and waiting for your child to grow up into an adult is the best experience.