Baby Feeding Schedule

Newborn and Baby Feeding Schedule in the First 12 Months

March 10, 2020
6 min read

Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned caregiver, deciphering why your baby is crying can feel like a guessing game. Fortunately, establishing your baby’s daily feeding schedule can help reduce some of the guesswork.

By following a feeding schedule, you might be able to avoid some of that fussiness associated with hunger, and you’ll be able to more easily tell whether he’s more likely to be wet or tired instead.

Whether your little one’s a newborn, a 6-month old, or already a 1-year-old, read on to find out how to set a feeding schedule and adjust it to your baby’s needs as he grows and develops.

What's in this article:

Baby Feeding Chart at a Glance Feeding Schedule for Breastfed Newborns Feeding Schedule for Formula-Fed Newborns 3-Month-Old Feeding Schedule 6-Month-Old Feeding Schedule 7 to 9-Month-Old Feeding Schedule 10 to 12-Month-Old Feeding Schedule 1-Year-Old Feeding Schedule

Baby Feeding Chart at a Glance

With first smiles, giggles, sit-ups, and crawls it can be hard to remember everything when it comes to your baby’s feeding schedule. Fortunately, you don’t have to. Portion information and feeding tips are readily available in the chart below.

0-1 monthsBreast milk
Nurse every 2-3 hours
2-3 ounces
every 3-4 hours
8-12 feedings/day
Continue to feed your baby on-demand regardless of breast milk or formula
1-2 monthsBreast milk
Nurse every 2-3 hours
Approximately 4 ounces
8-12 feedings/day
6-8 feedings/day
2-4 monthsBreast milk
Nurse every 3-4 hours
4-6 ounces
6-7 feedings/day
5-6 feedings/day
4-6 monthsBreast milk
Nurse every 3-4 hours
4-8 ounces
1-2 tablespoons
6-7 feedings/day
5-7 feedings/day
6-9 monthsBreast milk
Infant cereal
Fruits or vegetables
Meats or beans
Low-sugar juice or water
Nurse every 4 hours
6-8 ounces
2-4 tablespoons
2-3 tablespoons
1-2 tablespoons
0-3 ounces
5-6 feedings/day
4-6 feedings/day
9-12 monthsBreast milk
Infant cereal
Fruits or vegetables
Meats or beans
Dairy such as cheese or yogurt
Low-sugar juice or water
Nurse every 4 hours
6-8 ounces
2-4 tablespoons
3-4 tablespoons
3-4 tablespoons
½ - 4 ounces
3 ounces
5-6 feedings/day
4-6 feedings/day

Feeding Schedule for Breastfed Newborns

From the moment your baby is born, she will start to grow at a surprisingly quick pace. To keep up with her development and keep her well fed, be prepared to nurse about every two to three hours.

By the time she’s a week old, your little one may begin to nap for longer periods. If she’s sleeping, you can maintain your baby’s feeding schedule by waking her up gently against your breast or bottle when it’s time to feed.

Tips to keep in in mind if you’re breastfeeding:

  • The length of time between feedings is measured from when your baby begins nursing, not at the end
  • Ensure your little one latches on. For new moms this can be difficult, but over time your baby may begin to latch comfortably. Speaking to a lactation consultant could help as the consultant could give you some useful advice.
  • As your baby grows she may nurse at a faster rate
  • Alternate between breasts during each feeding
  • Look for signs that your baby is full. She may turn away from the breast, nurse at a slower rate, or lose interest. Once he seems full, end the feeding
  • Your baby’s pediatrician may recommend adding vitamin D supplements to your baby’s diet. An convenient dropper makes it easy to administrator the recommended dosage directly to your baby’s mouth.

Nursing your baby on-demand or every two hours around the clock can seem like a lot, but it can help keep her well-fed as she can’t take in much milk in a single sitting. You’ll also be better equipped to set the feeding schedule to ensure your daily routine becomes more predictable.

To help you know how your baby is feeding, Lumi by Pampers™ makes it easy to track your baby’s feedings. While the combined system of a video monitor and activity sensor logs sleep and diapering real-time into the Lumi by Pampers™ app you can supplement that by entering your baby’s feedings so you get a holistic view of your baby’s routine. This helps keep both you and your baby happy; when your little one is fed on time she won’t have the need to cry to let you know she’s hungry.

Feeding Schedule for Formula-Fed Newborns

Formula-fed newborns will need about two to three ounces (60 – 90 mL) of formula per feeding. Since bottles are designed to be more efficient for newborns, they will take more during each feeding. This allows you to space out feedings by about three to four hours.

As your baby reaches her 1-month milestone, she will need at least four ounces per feeding to get the nutrition she requires. Your newborn’s feeding schedule will gradually become more predictable over time, but be sure to adjust the amount of formula as she grows.

3-Month-Old Feeding Schedule

Now that you and your baby have begun to develop a routine, it can be difficult to make slight alternations. However, adjusting your baby’s feeding schedule can help you keep track of her nutrition. Maintaining a flexible schedule can help take some of the difficulty out as you plan according to your baby’s needs at different stages.

For Your Breastfed Baby

At 3 months, your baby is becoming more active, will begin to breastfeed less often, and sleep for longer periods of time at night.

You may have to nurse just six to eight times per day at this stage (or about every three to four hours).

If your baby’s healthcare provider sees that he’s gaining weight and growing at a regular pace , then he’s probably getting the right amount of nutrition.

The number of wet and soiled diapers is also a great indicator as to whether or not he is eating as often as needed. Your baby should have about four to six wet diapers a day.

See your baby’s healthcare provider if you’re concerned he may not be getting enough to eat.

For Your Bottle-Fed Baby

As your little one continues to grow, you’ll notice that he wants to eat more during each feeding and begins to sleep for longer intervals at night.

Slight adjustments to your 3-month old’s feeding schedule include:

  • Increasing the amount of formula to about 5 ounces per feeding
  • Giving your baby formula about six to eight times per day
  • Switching the newborn nipples to 3-month nipples on your baby bottles to accommodate your baby, making it easier for him to drink from the bottle.

6-Month-Old Feeding Schedule

At this stage, your baby’s pediatrician may recommend you begin introducing solid foods into your baby’s diet. This makes the 6-month-old feeding schedule a crucial milestone in your baby’s development.

Baby cereal, rice, or oatmeal mixed with breast milk or formula can now be incorporated into your baby’s diet if her pediatrician tells you she is ready to try solid foods.

Solids are only a supplement at this stage, so breast milk or formula is still the most important source of nutrition. Continue to include about 32 ounces of breast milk or formula in your 6-month-old’s feeding schedule of three to five feedings per day so your baby gets the necessary vitamins and minerals.

You may be able to start weaning your baby off of night feedings; however, every baby is unique. Speak to your baby’s healthcare provider to see if she is ready to wean off nighttime feedings and what you can do to encourage the process.

7 to 9-Month-Old Feeding Schedule

Months seven through nine are usually the time to add more solid foods to your baby’s diet. He may need less frequent feedings throughout the day, about four to five.

Your baby may slowly begin to wean off breast milk or formula as his growing body demands solid foods for nutrition.

There is no correct time to wean off breast milk or formula. Speak to your baby’s healthcare provider to learn more about the cues and signs that can let you know when your baby is ready for more solid foods.

Purees of meats, veggies, and fruits are recommended at this stage. Introduce your baby to these new flavors as single ingredient purees then gradually add combinations to his meals.

10 to 12-Month-Old Feeding Schedule

New textures may now be a big part of your little one’s meals. As he grows, he may begin to self-feed with finger foods such as cut up bananas, dry cereal, and pasta and even demand certain flavors that he enjoys more.

As you continue to replace breast milk or formula with solids, your baby’s healthcare provider can help determine how to balance out your baby’s meals.

Blends of different foods can be introduced during mealtime and added to your baby’s feeding schedule. Your baby may eat about three to four times per day. Be sure to avoid certain choking hazards such as grapes, peanuts, and popcorn.

Finger feeding can be fun for your little one, but be sure the pieces of food are cut up small enough for him to be able to pick up and chew without being at risk of choking. After some practice, he’ll be on his way toward wholesome, independent eating habits.

1-Year-Old Feeding Schedule

Now that you’re celebrating your baby’s first birthday it’s also time to celebrate his feeding accomplishments. Your baby’s feeding schedule can now include almost all the healthy and nutritious foods you eat, with a few minor exceptions such as raw honey and choking hazards like nuts.

At this stage, your baby may be eating less frequently as they are able to take in more food in one sitting. Give your 1-year-old approximately three meals and about two or three snacks a day.

You can continue to nurse your baby or offer formula. There is no correct time to wean him off of breastmilk, it is recommended that you should continue to breastfeed for as long as it is right for you and your little one. Consult with your baby’s healthcare provider to better discern when is the right time to begin the weaning process for you and your baby.

Your baby’s healthcare provider may recommend adding cow’s milk into your baby’s diet. However, too much milk is not always good and should be kept to about 16 to 24 ounces per day if your baby is able to tolerate lactose.

FAQs at a Glance

  • Q : How often do you feed a baby stage 1 food?
  • Q : How often do you feed a 3-month-old baby?
  • Q : How many times should you feed your baby?
  • Q : What apps and tools are available to help me keep track of my baby’s feedings and sleep routine?

As your baby grows and develops, his feeding needs will change. Instead of wondering what he needs at any given moment, with a baby feeding schedule in place, you can better track your baby’s mealtimes so that you’re more likely to know when he’ll be hungry next.

This is just one of the ways you can help keep your little one happy and developing well. Having a feeding schedule in place also gives you some extra freedom to spend more time enjoying his many milestones.

Of course, if at any time you have questions or concerns, reach out to your baby’s healthcare provider for personalized guidance and advice.

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