Have been using E.A.S.Y. routine from The Baby Whisperer, we love it a lot since it works for our baby. We think it could be useful to write a series about this routine and break down into some common problems and possible solutions with Eat, Activity, Sleep and Yourself. Let’s start with the first part of the series: EAT
How often you feed your baby depends on whether you are using formula or breastmilk. For the first month, you may nurse him “on demand” (whenever your baby is hungry). This could be from 8 to 12 times a day, its quite a lot more than formula since breastmilk is each easier to digest so the baby gets hungry more often, also this would help stimulate your milk supplies.
When baby get a bit older, you would get him/her into the feeding schedule since he/she will nurse less often (see sample schedule fromE.A.S.Y. routine blog).
For formula, most newborns feed every 2 to 3 hours. Please remember this is average numbers, so you should make sure you know your baby’s weight and if he/she doesn’t grow within recommended ranges, you should talk to your doctors to change the schedule accordingly.
How do I know my baby is hungry:
Crying is the most obvious sign but it maybe a little late. With newborn, there are few signs that you can use to tell if your baby is hungry or not:
- Moving their heads from side to side
- Opening their mouths
- Sticking out their tongues, smacking or licking lips
- Sucking on lips, tongue, hands, fingers, toes, toys, or clothing (After newborn period, this may not be the sign anymore since many babies like to suck on his fingers, etc.)
- Touching its cheek and baby might move its mouth in the same direction
How do I know my baby is having enough:
For formula feeding: (From www.hopkinsmedicine.org)
|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|
For breastfeeding, its a bit more difficult since you couldn’t measure the amount of milk, but you could look for the follow signs of a well fed baby:
- Seems satisfied and content after eating
- have about 4-6 wet diapers a day
- has regular bowel movements
- sleeps well
- is alert when awake
- is gaining weight
When to introduce solid food, its best to ask your doctors since they may know when your baby shows signs of readiness (usually when baby is about 4 to 6 months)
Also to minimize the risk food allergies, give your baby new food one by one and keep record of everything. Traditional first foods, such as rice cereal, oatmeal, pureed veggies, fruits, and meats are usually safe.
Try to start the solid in the morning and mid-afternoon first to avoid interrupt with baby’s sleep. You should give the baby a small amount first (a table spoon or a small amount of baby’s hand)
At first feeding her one a day, when she’s reaching 6 months, this can be 2 meals a day. At 8 or 9 months, you could feed her 3 times a day
How do I know my baby is having enough:
There are few obvious signs that your baby is having enough:
- start playing with the foods
- start playing with spoon
- throwing foods
- turn her head away from foods
Also, during the first year, breastmilk or formula is still the most important source for baby so keep checking her intake and adjust the solid food amounts accordingly.
Below are suggested milk intake:
0-3 Months of age: Breastfeed every 1-3 hours or Formula 18-40 ounces
4-5 Months of age: Breastfeed every 2-4 hours or Formula 24-45 ounces
6-8 Months of age: Breastfeed every 3-4 hours or Formula 24-37 ounces
9-12 Months of age: Breastfeed every 4-5 hours or Formula 24-31 ounces
To prepare solid food, you will need a blender or food processor. I would suggest use a separated one for your baby to keep it clean. We are using this handheld food processor and super happy with it since its really quite and easy to clean up 🙂 (In future, we may have a blog about food processor suggestions if you are interested)
There are many websites about baby food, I would suggest to cook homemade food for your baby if you could find the time. Its always better than store bought food and it’s fun to cook for your love one, is that right?