In the coming weeks, I plan to post my experiences with our feeding schedules over the first year. This post is an introduction to that series to give you some background on my thoughts and style.
I have followed an eat-wake-sleep routine with my boys since birth. For this reason, I also started scheduling solid feeding times with liquid feedings. Liquids first since they are to be the primary source for infants, then solids. I think this timing helps establish good mealtime habits without snacking all day. This is not to say that healthy snacks aren’t good, as I believe we all function better with them in our day. But, I want to teach my children to slow down and focus on eating healthy food at the table. I believe food is important and shouldn’t be eaten on the run, while playing, or in any place in the house. We have always done bottles and still do milk some in laps, so that may occur in a chair or on the couch, but all food is consumed at the table.
We have consistent snack and meal times each day for multiple reasons.
- This helps develop a baby’s metabolism.
- My boys know what to expect and like this order in their day.
- I NEED A SCHEDULE. I’m very schedule-oriented and need to know what is coming next so that I can prepare and find the times in my day to get things done.
- This schedule helps when others take care of the boys and know what to do when.
The schedule posts to come will serve as a place for everyone to share their different thoughts and styles and when, how, and how much works when feeding babies the first year.
Here are the following schedule posts.
SAMPLE BABY FEEDING SCHEDULES: 10-12 Months
SAMPLE BABY FEEDING SCHEDULES: 7-9 Months
SAMPLE BABY FEEDING SCHEDULES: 4-6 Months
SAMPLE BABY FEEDING SCHEDULES: 0-3 Months