Continuing with our series on baby feeding schedules, today we examine the 3-6 months baby feeding schedule. This is an exciting time for both parents and baby as baby will have been introduced to some solid foods. Unlike the 0-3 month baby feeding schedule, where all baby eats is breast milk or formula, the 3-6 month time frame marks the introduction of things like finger foods and the like.
What to feed baby:
- Breast milk or formula
- Rich Cereal
- Banana (at around six months)
Begin with about 1 teaspoon dry rice cereal mixed with 4 to 5 teaspoons breast milk or formula (it’ll be very runny). Monitor to see how baby likes this new food. Remember that baby’s digestive tendencies are still being established so do not try to introduce too much too soon. Gradually thicken consistency and increase to 1 tablespoon dry cereal mixed with breast milk or formula, twice a day. We did this with Elias and he loved it. We actually started giving him rice cereal at about four months and he has been eating it ever since.
How to Tell When Baby is Ready for some Real Food
So how do you know when baby is ready to try some rice cereal? Here are a couple of items to look for.
- Can hold head up
- Sits upright and can sit well in a highchair
- Can close mouth around a spoon
- Shows interest in food
- Makes chewing motions – with Eli he was like a little bird opening his mouth wanting to try something new!
- Is teething
The 3-6 month baby feeding schedule is not much different from the 0-3 month schedule with the exception that you should now be introducing rice cereal to your little one. They key is to monitor what baby wants. You do not have to force them to eat solids, but by the six month mark, they should be taking interest in some “finger foods”.