What Should the Feeding Schedule Be?
As soon as baby understands the concept of eating and is excited by and interested in mealtime (this usually happens between 6 and 9 months), start her on a routine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even if she isn't hungry at times, she'll get used to the idea of eating on a schedule. "My goal for the babies I care for is to get them on a big-boy or big-girl eating schedule by the time they turn 1," says Sara DuMond, MD, a pediatrician and American Baby advisory board member. "This means they should eat three meals a day with two to three snacks in between (give finger foods such as baby crackers or teething biscuits). And treat liquids, either formula or breast milk, as a complement to a meal, not as a meal itself."
- At 4 to 6 months, feed her two meals, each two to four tablespoons.
- At 7 to 12 months, feed her three meals, each the size of baby's fist.