Your newborn baby's nutrition should come from breast milk and/or formula only. The amounts shown below are a guide.
Feed on demand, according to your baby's hunger cues. Don't try to force your baby to finish a bottle when she's full.
At 4-6 months, once your baby can sit with support, hold her head upright, and show interest in food, introduce semi-solid foods. Do not introduce fruit juices during the first 6 months. After 6 months, fruit juice should be constrained to 4-6 fl oz of 100% juice per day. Avoid adding sugar or salt to foods.
At about 8 months, begin feeding your baby finger foods that she can pick up and feed herself. Plan for a mess and be patient. Continue feeding your baby breast milk or formula. These intakes will decrease some as your baby consumes more solid foods.
When introducing solid foods, try feeding your baby one new food every 3-5 days, and watch for signs of allergy, like rash, diarrhea or vomiting. Never give infants raisins, nuts, popcorn or small, hard pieces of food, as these can be choking hazards. And remember, do not give honey to a baby under one year.
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After the first year, you'll probably notice a decline in your toddler's appetite. Don't worry, her growth rate is slowing and she doesn't require as much food. Toddlers need about 1,000 calories a day. Since they eat toddler-sized portions, offer 3 meals and 3 snacks daily. Give your toddler water for thirst. Avoid giving too much fruit juice—it's loaded with sugar. Serve less than 4-6 ounces of juice a day.
Toddlers may need repeated exposures to new foods before accepting them. If he refuses a food, don't give up or show disappointment! Just offer it again another day.
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