5 Newborn Nutrition Tips

5 Newborn Nutrition Tips

 

Why it is important

Eating is one of the most crucial parts of our life. If you have an unhealthy or unbalanced diet, it will lead to illness and other health problems. So it's important to build a good nutritious foundation for your baby early on.

When it comes to babies, the most important thing to consider is their age, therefore you will need to tailor his diet accordingly. 

Doing your own research can be very time-consuming, stressful and confusing since different people have different opinions according to their environment, experience, and personal beliefs.

We have consulted with various nutrition experts and experienced mothers and we collected the best tips we could find.

1. Age 0-4 months.

At this stage you should only stick with breast-feeding, since it contains all the necessary nutrients and important DNA information. If you can't breast feed every day you can consider using baby-milk formula powder. 

How often should you feed your baby? Do about 5-8 nursing session in a day about 4-6 oz. each.

If you decide to go with baby-milk formula, make sure you don't exceed 24-36oz. per day

 

2. Age 4-6 months

 Congratulations! Now you can start implementing other foods in your baby's diet. But before you get too excited, keep in mind breast-feeding is still necessary so don't drop it yet. Still do 5-8 nursing sessions.

At this stage you should implement cereals and veggies, such as iron-fortified baby cereal , zinc-fortified infant cereals and pureed vegetables

Do not ever give him whole foods, make sure it's very well done in a food processor and it's cooked perfectly so it becomes very easy to digest, and make sure to only give him a small amount, as we mentioned it above, don't replace his breastfeeding diet, only implement small amounts of iron rich foods.

You should only do this 1-2 times per day, and only give him 1-2 table spoons.

66,247 Baby Playing Food Royalty-Free Images, Stock Photos & Pictures |  Shutterstock

 3. Age 6-8 months

While your baby grow, so does it's appetite! But don't drop the breast-feeding just yet. Still keep it at 24-36 oz. per day but do 4-6 nursing sessions.

Now it's time to increase the cereal/veggies meals to 4-8 table spoons per day which totals to about 2-3 meals.

Also you can start incorporating some protein in his diet. Very well cooked pureed meats are a good point to start from.

8-Month-Old Baby: Milestones and Development

4. Age 9-12 months

Aww your newborn is getting close to his first birthday!

You can now cut a little bit on the breast-feeding, so you can do 3-5 nursing sessions which is about 16-30 oz. per day.

You can finally incorporate some fruits in his diet and well and a small amount of dairy (1/4 of a cup, yogurt recommended). Make sure you do this once a day, and don't forget about the veggies and protein too.

Toddler Milestones: Your 1-Year-Old's Biggest Achievements

5. Conclusion

Breast-feeding is very important in the first year of your baby's life and every couple of months you should incorporate a new type of food, in a small amount so it's body adapts and grows stronger.

To improve your experience you can try our Kitchen Wellness Pack which includes a fun Gravity Bowl and a nutrition book with over 50 recipes for babies.

Check it out in our "Offers" section.

Back to blog