Paulo Bandeira Pinho, MD, FAAP

Text Box: GENERAL feeding schedule

DISCLAIMER—The information on this page is to be used as a guideline in the management of the well and sick babies.  Some of the information as presented may not apply to your child in the face of their medical conditions, age and weight.  Medications listed in subsequently linked pages may have adverse reactions that are unique to certain individuals and may in fact be contraindicated depending on the presentation of your child.  Vaccines schedules and feeding guidelines may vary depending on concurrent medical illness, previous reactions, physician decision and parental concern about composition.  Baby product recommendations should be tailored to the special needs of your baby and should be taken as one of multiple opinions a parent should obtain.  Finally, all medical conditions reviewed should not be diagnosed without the trained eye of a pediatrician.  Ultimately, ALL medical decisions should ultimately be run by a physician to ensure your child’s safety and complete medical care.

NOTE—all feeding schedules should be tailored to the needs of your child and should be discussed at well care visits with your pediatrician



                 - Must be fortified with iron after 6 months of age

                 - Must always be at least 20 oz in a day (bottle or mixed with cereal)

                 - Must be maintained until one year of age


                 - If you plan on breast feeding for more than 4-6 months speak to your                                   doctor about supplemental vitamins


                 - Not to be used until 11-12 months

                 - Use only WHOLE milk it is essential for brain development

4.              CEREAL

                 - Start at 4 months of age

                 - Begin with Baby Rice Cereal and then if tolerated go onto Barley,

                                  the Oatmeal

                 - Start with 1-3 teaspoons a day for 5-7 days.  If tolerated may

                                  increase to 1/4 to 1/2 cup/day

                 - Begin to develop good habits by splitting 1/2 for lunch meal and 1/2

                                  for dinner

                 - Watch for rash or constipation

5.              VEGETABLES

                 - Begin at 5 months

                 - Begin with yellow vegetables FIRST (carrots, yellow squash, yams)

                 - Begin with 1-3 teaspoons a day for 5-7 days.  If no rash or diarrhea                                   slowly advance to a full jar a day

                 - After you’ve tried all the yellow vegetables, begin green (peas,                                   green beans, etc.)

                 - Remember to only try ONE NEW item every 5 days to see if there is                                   an allergic reaction

6.              FRUITS

                 - Begin at 5-6 months (after vegetables otherwise they’ll have a sweet                                   tooth)

                 - Begin with banana or applesauce jar fruits and then advance to                                   others as tolerated

                 - 1-3 teaspoons a day for 5 days

                 - Advance to 1/2 to 1 jar per day

                 - Remember only ONE NEW FRUIT every 5-7 days, to monitor for                                   allergies

                 - AVOID CITRUS, PEACHES and BERRIES

7.              JUICE

                 - Begin at 5-6 months

                 - Begin with apple juice 4-8 oz/day

                 - Remember only ONE NEW FRUIT JUICE every 5-7 days to see if                                   there is an allergic reaction

8.              MEATS

                 - Begin at 8-10 months

                 - Usually not well liked

                 - Advance slowly as in other foods above

                 - NO HOME COOKED RED MEAT during the 1st year

9.              FINGER FOODS

                 - Between 6-12 months

                 - Cheerios, Zwieback crackers and baby pretzels

                 - VERY IMPORTANT—watch to ensure that baby doesn’t choke on                                   these


                 - Start between 6-12 months

                 - Try baby yogurt, cottage cheese, slices of cheese

                 - Monitor for diarrhea


                 - Start between 6-12 months

                 - Pastina, mashed pasta, farina

                 - Begin 1/4-1/2 cup/day

                 - This will take the place of cereal

                 - Mix these with small amounts of butter, margarine, even mix in                                   vegetables





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