If you’re a new parent, chances are that you’ve been asking yourself one very important question: how often does my little cherub need to eat? Well, the answer is not as straightforward as you may think. Babies’ feeding schedules can vary greatly based on their age and stage of development. In this article, we’ll be focusing specifically on four-month-olds.
How Much Should Your Baby Be Eating?
Before we dive into how often your baby should be eating at four months old, let’s first take a look at how much they should be consuming in total over the course of a day.
On average, babies at four months old should consume around 24-32 ounces (or 710-950 mL) of breast milk or formula each day. However, this number can fluctuate depending on several factors such as your baby’s weight, activity level and appetite.
Signs That Your Baby Might Not Be Eating Enough
It’s always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to feeding your baby. Some signs that indicate your little one might not be getting enough nutrients include:
- A decrease in wet diapers
- Fussiness or irritability after feedings
- Weight loss or failure to gain weight
If you notice any of these symptoms in your baby, make sure to contact their pediatrician right away.
So How Often Should You Feed Your Four-Month-Old Baby?
Ok so now for the big question – just how often do we need to feed our tiny humans? According to experts:
- At 4 months old most babies need about 5 hours between feeds during daytime.
Up until 2 months old night time feedings every two-three hours optimal.
- By three-four month bedtime last till morning but some babies will still wake up one/two times for night feed. You can try to stretch the time between these feeds gradually.
The average 4-month-old will experience about 5 – 6 feedings per day with each feeding session lasting about 10 – 15 minutes.
Staying On Schedule
Just like adults, babies thrive when they’re on a set schedule. Try to feed your little one at regular intervals throughout the day, aiming for the same amount of time in between each feeding session.
Recognizing Hunger Cues
It’s essential to recognize hunger cues early as it may prevent some frustration or irritability of baby:
Gnawing on fingers/thumb.
Sudden waking/ decreased sleep periods
If you pay attention and notice these signs early enough so that you avoid letting your little one become overly hungry / fussy.
So What Can You Do If Your Baby Is Still Hungry?
You’ve just finished feeding your lil’ rascal but they still seem pretty crabby – what gives? There are a few things that could be going on:
Increase Feed Amount
As we mentioned earlier, every baby is unique! It is entirely possible that instead of their usual small portions (how very toddler-like) this particular meal requires an extra ounce or three (tip: check with healthcare provider first!).
Change Feeding Timing
Perhaps you were running around all day and missed out in their usual feeding interwarls; consider bringing thee timeline up by increasing frequency of bottle-feed – this also works well during outings longer than normal (never get caught unprepared again!).
Introduce Solids into Diet (But Be Careful!)
Experts recommend waiting until six months before introducing new food items however talk more in depth prior to giving suitable healthy options. Remember always consult a trusted Healthcare professional before introducing solids!
Feeding time for parents involves trial-and-error and patience galore. Remember to pay close attention for hunger cues while following schedules having open communication with pediatricians, in addition an understanding of your lil’ one’s unique dietary needs –rests all that’s needed. With a solid feeding plan in place, most parents should be able to handle their baby’s meal times like champs!
Having Trouble Figuring out the Basics?
Remember every baby is beautiful on the inside & outside – but sometimes they can be big old trouble makers! For assistance dealing with unruly infants subscribe now or contact us directly; we’d love to help you learn more about this delicate art of meal-times (or check out our next article where we explain why babies insist on pulling hair).
(And always remember: sleep when you have time not sure sleeping will ever happen!)
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