How to Start a 6 Month Baby Feeding Schedule

How to Start a 6 Month Baby Feeding Schedule

When the baby is 6 months old, complementary feeding can be started. Well, before that, you need to know the feeding schedule for your 6-month baby so that complementary feeding for your baby can run smoothly.

Entering the age of 6 months, babies can be given complementary foods to breast milk. Apart from having the digestive tract ready for solid food, the reflexes of a 6 month old baby have also developed quite well.

Babies aged 6 months generally have good tongue reflexes, can hold their heads up well, and can also sit up straight. Some of these characteristics indicate that the baby is ready to be introduced to complementary foods.

Setting a 6 Month Baby Feeding Schedule

Complementary feeding starting at 6 months of age should be given gradually. Therefore, you need to prepare your little one's eating schedule, so that he can adapt to changes in the type and texture of his food.

The following is a 6 month baby feeding schedule recommended by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Indonesia:
  • 06.00-07.00: Breast milk, as much as the baby wants.
  • 09.00-10.00: Puree fruit, as much as 2-3 tablespoons.
  • 12.00-12.30: Breast milk, as much as the baby wants.
  • 14.00-15.00: Puree fruit, as much as 2-3 tablespoons.
  • 5:30-18:00: Breast milk, as much as the baby wants.
  • 20.00-21.00: Breast milk, as much as the baby wants.
It should be noted, the feeding schedule for 6 months baby may be different for each baby, but the time interval for giving it is approximately the same, which is 6-8 times a day. Mothers can experiment to find the most suitable time for the little one.

Tips for starting complementary feeding

Here are some tips for complementary feeding to breast milk that are included in a 6 month baby's feeding schedule:
  • If your little one refuses the complementary food that you give them, try waiting a few minutes or a few days. If your little one is still not interested, you don't need to worry, because during this period, complementary foods are still complementary foods and not the main intake for babies.
  • If your little one wants to eat one type of complementary food, wait up to 3 days before introducing another type of complementary food. This time span is needed to see if the baby has an allergy to the food.
  • When introducing complementary foods to breast milk, you can mix crushed fruit and vegetables with breast milk. This mixing aims to make the texture of the complementary food softer so that it is easily digested by the baby.
  • To make complementary foods richer in taste, you can add a little salt and sugar to it.
  • When giving complementary foods to breast milk, the mother may feed water as a distraction, to help the little one swallow.
  • Avoid giving honey or cow's milk to your little one. Both can only be given when he is 1 year old.
  • Research the menu guides for complementary foods that are widely circulated, such as 4-star complementary foods. Consult with a doctor first to ensure the safety of this guide.
In addition to doing the tips above, you can also consult a doctor to plan a 6 month baby's feeding schedule and what types of food are good to give when introducing complementary foods. In addition, remember to keep an eye on your little one while eating, so he doesn't choke.