Portion Guide for Babies: 4 Months to 8 Months

Once your baby hits the four-month mark, she may be ready to start solids. Learn what kinds of food to try and how much she should be eating.


[NOISE] Some babies may be ready to start solids at four months, but most babies, especially breast feeding ones, are not ready until six months. If he can hold his head up while sitting, chances are he's ready. But that doesn't mean steak dinners. Babies are still getting used to different textures and moving their tongue muscles. So it's best to start with pureed foods. While it's traditional to start with rice cereal, you can go with one to two tablespoons of anything soft and mushy, like pureed fruits, veggies, and even meats. Infant cereals, which have extra nutrients and trendier grains like quinoa and barley, are also okay. Between four and six months only offer your baby two to four tablespoons of solid food once a day. But between six and eight months, she should be eating more. That means, two to three solids for three meals. Up to three-fourths of a cup to one and three-fourths cups per day. And always wait a few days after introducing a new food to watch for any allergic reactions. And remember, your little one still needs a steady liquid diet, so keep feeding her three to five times daily, or around 20 to 30 ounces of breast milk or formula a day. [MUSIC]

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