A baby’s nutrition will evolve in their first year of life. A newborn only requires breastmilk or formula for the first four to six months of their life.
Despite what grandma tells you, babies do not need any extra water in those early months, as it can mess up their electrolyte balance.
Even though breastmilk is best for babies, it can be deficient in Vitamin D and iron. Moms should continue taking their prenatal vitamins if they are breastfeeding. However, the pediatrician may also recommend that breastfeeding babies take a vitamin supplement as well – either a vitamin D supplement or a multivitamin with iron supplement.
Most babies are not developmentally ready to spoon feed until they are four months old. So, you can expect your pediatrician to discuss starting solid foods off a spoon at four to six months of age.
Table foods are not usually introduced until eight to nine months of age to prevent choking and aspiration.
Breastmilk or formula is encouraged to continue until 12 months of age, at which time you can transition to whole milk. However, you may continue to breastfeed beyond 12 months old if you choose.