Your child should continue to take breast milk or infant formula. Most babies now take between 6 and 7 ounces every 4-5 hours. You can start juice at the age of 4 to 6 months, but you should limit it to a few ounces each day.
If you give your baby breast milk, it is a good idea to sometimes feed the baby with pumped milk that you put in a bottle. Then, your child will learn another way to drink milk and other people may enjoy feeding your child.
Some babies are now ready to start cereal. A child is ready for cereal when he is able to hold his head high enough to eat from a spoon. Use a spoon to feed your baby with cereal, not a bottle or baby feeder. Sitting while eating helps the child learn good eating habits.
When you start cereals, start with rice cereals mixed with breast milk or formula. You may want to start with a thin mixture of cereals and then gradually thicken it.
Purified fruits and vegetables can also be started between 4 and 6 months. Start a new food or juice no more often than every 5 days to make sure your baby is not allergic to the new food.
Babies will respond carefully when they see a bottle, but do not give the baby a bottle just to calm him down when he is not hungry. Babies who spend too much time with a bottle in their mouth are starting to use glass as a security object, which makes it difficult to get pregnant. They are also more likely to have ear infections and headaches. Find another security item such as a stuffed animal or blanket.
Babies begin to roll from stomach to back. Your child's voice can become louder. He can whine when he's happy or he can cry when he wants to eat or be held. In both cases, gentle and soothing voices are the best way to calm your baby. Babies at this age enjoy toys that make noise when they are agitated.
It is normal for babies to cry. At this age you cannot spoil a child. Rapidly meeting your child's needs is still a good idea.
Many babies sleep through the night up to the age of 4 months and will also sleep between 4 and 6 hours during the day. If your baby's sleep mode is different, you may want to ask your doctor for ideas on how to keep your baby alert and wake up during the day and fall asleep at night. Remember to put the baby in bed on the back.
As the child gets older, read it every day. Choose books that are durable (canvas or board books). Choose books with bright colors and simple large images.
Your baby can start to make his teeth. While you are getting teeth, your child may become very addicted and chewy. A tooth ring can be useful.