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Dr. J 6 month feeding sheet

It is time to offer 3 meals per day in the following manner.

  • Breakfast: fruit and cereal
  • Lunch: fruit and vegetable
  • Dinner: fruit and vegetable and cereal/meat

With this change most babies will have 4 breast or formula feedings/day alternating with each meal but separated from each meal by 1-2 hours.

An example schedule could be:

  • 7 am wake, nurse or bottle
  • 8-8:30 am breakfast
  • mid-morning nursing or bottle before or after the morning nap
  • noon  lunch
  • 2-4 pm nursing or bottle before or after a nap
  • 5:30-6pm dinner
  • 7-8:30pm nursing or bottle followed by bedtime

At 8 months introduce plain or vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese.

At 9 months introduce finger foods such as cheerios, peas, bits of shredded cheese. Each morsel should be about the size and softness of a cooked pea. Your baby should have fun trying to feed him/herself but don't worry if she/he does not actually swallow the new items. There is a time for just 'playing' with new tastes and textures before some babies will commit to actually eating the new foods.

One can also introduce some citrus into the diet at this point, grapes chopped into many tiny pieces, kiwi or oranges torn apart into pea-sized morsels.

Please hold off on introducing eggs unti close to 1 year of age.

Introduce a small cup without a sippy top, held by you. Give sips of water or very diluted juice to your baby in between bites of food once they are able to sit up well in a highchair.