Baby Feeding Chart for the First Year
Learn how much and how often to feed your baby every month, based on guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Formula-fed babies generally need to eat every three to four hours, and they usually eat about 2-3 ounces of formula per feeding.
During the first few weeks, if Baby does not wake himself up in the middle of the night to eat, your pediatrician may recommend waking him for feedings.
Between 1 and 3 months, your baby's appetite will increase and she'll become more vocal about telling you when she's hungry—especially since she's likely on a regular feeding schedule by this point. A 3-month-old baby should be eating about 4-6 ounces of milk about six to eight times a day. If you are feeding formula, look for one that is supplemented with 2’-FL HMO, like Similac Pro-Advance. The prebiotic is naturally found in breastmilk and supports gut health.
Most babies are ready to start solids between 5-6 months. Some indicators that he’s ready: mastering the grabbing skill, developing head and neck control, and losing the tongue-thrust mechanism that automatically pushes food out of his mouth.
Aim to feed your little one about 1-2 tablespoons of food twice a day. Solid food shouldn’t take the place of milk as the main source of nutrients. Indeed, babies should still drink about 4-8 ounces every four or five hours.
At 6 months, Baby will consume about 4-8 ounces of formula or breast milk at each feeding. This is in addition to cereal and other baby foods.
Most babies top off at 32 to 36 ounces of milk in a 24-hour period. If he seems to have an insatiable appetite or doesn't seem to be eating enough, contact your pediatrician.
Between 8 and 12 months, Baby will start to eat more solid food. Try mixing up his diet to include a wide variety of soft foods along with breast milk and formula.
Also remember that breast milk and formula are still the primary sources of nutrition. Baby should drink 4-6 ounces of milk per snack or meal. Before bed, he may drink another 6-8 ounces.