Tuesday, 23rd September 2014

Looking Ahead: Meals at 6 to 12 Months

Posted on 23. Jan, 2011 by in Infant, Stages of Childhood

 Many breast-fed and some bottle-fed babies are just beginning solids at six months. Their digestion and eating interests are more mature than when they were four months old. You can introduce new foods to these babies more rapidly, and quickly move them up to three meals a day.

On the other hand, by six months of age, your baby may well be eating cereal and a variety of fruits, vegetables, and beans. He may be taking one, two, or three meals of solids a day. A common arrangement for a moderately hungry baby is cereal for breakfast, vegetable and tofu or well-cooked beans for lunch, cereal and fruit for supper. But there are no hard-and-fast rules. It all depends on your convenience and your baby’s appetite.

For instance, a not very hungry baby could be given fruit at breakfast, a vegetable and tofu or beans at lunch, and cereal alone at supper. A baby who tends to be constipated can be given prunes every night along with the cereal, and another fruit at breakfast or lunch. You may want your baby to have beans and vegetable at supper with the rest of the family, the cereal and fruit at lunch.

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