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Infant Calendar

Read through the month-by-month calendar to learn more about feeding your baby during the first year.

Birth - 4 Months

  • Feed breast milk or iron-fortified formula.
  • Plain boiled water (after cooling), as needed.
  • Hold your baby when you feed him or her.
  • Look at your baby and say loving things as he or she eats.
  • A happy feeding time makes your baby feel safe and secure.
  • Use a fresh bottle for each feeding.

4 - 6 Months

  • Feed breast milk or iron-fortified formula.
  • Infant cereals - rice, barley, oats.
  • Hold your baby when you feed him or her. Feed your baby cereal from a spoon.
  • Start with one teaspoon of cereal twice a day.
  • Add a little more cereal at each meal, up to three tablespoons at a time.
  • Add new foods, one at a time. Wait a week before trying the next kind of cereal.

6 - 7 Months

  • Feed breast milk or iron-fortified formula.
  • Infant vegetables - plain, strained or blended.
  • Infant fruit - plain, strained or blended.
  • Fruit juice or water - from a cup, with your help.
  • Start with one teaspoon twice a day. Slowly add more food, up to four tablespoons of each food at a time.
  • Your baby is ready to drink from a cup when he or she begins to sit with support, grab for the spoon and reach for the cup.

7 - 8 Months

  • Feed breast milk or iron-fortified formula.
  • Introduce other infant cereals.
  • Lean meat - plain, strained or mashed.
  • Fruit juice or water - from a cup, with your help.
  • Start with one teaspoon twice a day. Slowly add more food, up to four tablespoons of each food at a time.
  • Your baby is ready for more iron-rich foods and is learning new flavors and textures.

8 - 9 Months

  • Feed breast milk or iron-fortified formula.
  • Vegetables - mashed.
  • Fruit - soft.
  • Fruit juice or water - from a cup, with your help.
  • Do not add salt, fat or sugar to your baby's food.
  • Your baby can choke on small, hard foods. Never give your baby popcorn, chips, raisins, grapes, nuts, seeds or hot dogs that have been cut into round slices.

9 Months

  • Feed breast milk or iron-fortified formula.
  • Finger foods - cut foods into bite-sized pieces.
  • Toast and crackers - plain, dry.
  • Vegetables - lightly cooked.
  • Fruit - peeled and soft.
  • Meat - soft, lean and tender.
  • Fruit juice or water - from a cup, with your help.

10 - 12 Months

  • Feed breast milk or iron-fortified formula.
  • Foods from the family table.
  • Cut foods into bite-sized pieces.
  • Vegetables.
  • Fruit.
  • Cereal and bread.
  • Lean meat, chicken or fish.
  • Dry beans and peas.
  • Mild cheese.
  • Fruit juice or water - from a cup, with your help.

1 Year

  • Whole milk - from a cup.
  • Whole egg - cooked, yolk and white.
  • Wean from bottle.
  • One-year-olds are messy eaters. Be patient. Offer simple foods to eat with fingers, spoon or fork.
  • The amount of food eaten is different from day to day.
  • The amount of milk your baby drinks from a cup will be less than the amount of breast milk or formula from a bottle.

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