How to Get Baby on Feeding Schedule

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  2. How to Get Baby on Feeding Schedule
  3. How Often Should Babies Eat at First?
  4. Average Feeding Schedules According to Age
  5. When Should You Start Introducing Solid Foods?
  6. Tips for Getting Your Baby on a Feeding Schedule
  7. Conclusion

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How to Get Baby on Feeding Schedule

{"blocks":[{"key":"ff659","text":"Although most parents fuss about feeding schedules a lot, babies decide these schedules for themselves. In the end, the baby has a body that works on its own accord. If it’s not ready for your feeding habits, the baby simply won’t eat. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":236,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"6rser","text":"So, you shouldn’t worry much about creating a feeding schedule. Rather, you need to pay attention to the baby’s cues for hunger because it’ll tell you when he should eat.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":170,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":170,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":170,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":170,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9n0f3","text":"The most common cues are trying to put their whole fists into their mouths and licking their lips constantly. Some babies also keep moving around your chest, opening their mouths, and looking for a nipple to suck on. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":217,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":217,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":217,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":217,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"1n521","text":"Once the baby starts showing these cues, he’ll start getting fussier by the minute if you don’t feed him.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":105,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":105,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":105,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":105,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9qse0","text":"When the baby is around 4–6 months, you may start feeding him to your accord. To give you an example, if your baby is used to eating every five hours, and you feed him at 8 PM, he’ll wake up at 1 AM looking for food. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":217,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":217,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":217,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":217,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"154pn","text":"However, if you wake him up at 10 PM to feed him before you go to bed, he’ll likely eat, and he won’t need to get fed again until 5 AM, giving you some decent hours to sleep.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":174,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":174,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":174,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":174,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How Often Should Babies Eat at First?

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Average Feeding Schedules According to Age

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When Should You Start Introducing Solid Foods?

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Tips for Getting Your Baby on a Feeding Schedule

{"blocks":[{"key":"5et3","text":"For both breastfed and bottle-fed babies, there are general guidelines that you should abide by. Here’s a shortlist of the essential ones.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":138,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":138,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":138,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":138,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"87i4d","text":"Don’t feed the baby cereal in a bottle. It poses a choking hazard, and it can lead to overfeeding the baby. Not to mention, most babies have digestive systems that aren’t mature enough to handle cereal. They need to be at least four months old.","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":244,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"cjr03","text":"Don’t feed your baby liquids, except for milk, when he’s not one year old yet. That goes for healthy liquids as well, such as regular milk and fruit juices. They’ll upset the baby’s stomach, and they don’t present a nutritional value. Even water should wait until the baby is six months old.","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":291,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":291,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":291,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":291,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"8na3s","text":"Honey is a no-no for babies under one-year-old. It’s a primary cause of a rare condition called infant botulism, and its complications are fatal.","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":145,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":145,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":145,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":145,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"5p39t","text":"Premature babies will have different feeding patterns because their bodies work according to their maturity. If your baby is showing reflux when presenting solid foods, it’s better to consult a doctor to know what the baby should eat and how frequently.","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":253,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":253,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":253,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":253,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Conclusion

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