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Babies: A Nutrition and Development Guide

From newborns to 1-year-olds, learn what babies should be eating and what milestones they should be reaching in the first year of life.

By
Sanaz Majd, MD
July 19, 2013
Episode #128

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6-Month-Olds

You start to notice that life is becoming a tad easier for you as a parent at this stage (okay, I did say, a tad).  The baby’s feeds are starting to space out more, as they take in about 7-8 oz about 4 times a day.  You can now start introducing solid foods – yay!  Some doctors say to go through all the veggies first, before introducing those yummy, sweet fruits.  And it is recommended that you introduce a new food every 2-5 days, to make it more apparent if there are any allergies.  Don’t forget to introduce the sippy cup!

By this time, most babies have at least doubled their weight.

6-month-olds can reach and grasp objects, and are able to transfer objects from one hand into the other.  They can roll over and back, and sit with minimal support briefly.  They can see objects across the room and babble.  It’s a great age for photographs, because they are really starting to become more interactive at this point.

9-Month-Olds

At 9 months, your little munchkin will be drinking on average 8 ounces of milk, 3 times a day, while increasing the amount of solids gradually.  You can start to introduce finger food, such as soft fruits and veggies at this point. 

They are crawling, perhaps starting to creep, and may be able to pull to stand.  They may be able to stand alone, and cruise along furniture.   They orient to their spoken name, and even respond to “no.”

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