How much should my baby eat?

Will G
September 20, 2023
5 min read

How much should my baby eat?

This is a normal question that you might be wondering when starting to wean your baby.

Fun fact: did you know that a baby’s tummy is about the same size as their fist?

When thinking about how much food they should be eating, it is important to remember that every child is different and may have different feeding needs.

When starting your weaning journey, your baby will probably only eat a teaspoon’s worth of food and only need one offering of food a day but with time and practice they will start to increase the amount eaten and look forward to their new routine. Once you have introduced one meal a day and are established with this you can start to offer a second meal in the day if baby is interested.

By 7 months, you can start to move them to 3 meals a day (if they’re ready) and continue with their usual milk. Even if your baby isn’t eating all three of meals to start with, having three sittings a day is a good habit to get them into early on!It’s important to try to pay attention to your baby's hunger and fullness cues and offer them appropriate amounts of food, you will start to recognise these better the more your practice.

Why isn’t my baby hungry?

There are lots of reasons why your baby might not be eating.

One reason might be related to milk intake:

  • One thing you could try is to leave at least 1-1.5 hour gap between milk (or any snacks) and meal. Lay out one or two pieces of cooked broccoli and pre-load a spoon of puree for your baby to pick up and self feed. Meanwhile, try to sit down and eat with them so you are not focused solely on feeding. By giving your little one a chance to be hungry and not giving any pressure to eat, they may just surprise you! (it will get messy but the mess usually help them get used to various textures and, in general, feeding).
  • Another reason might be that your baby is feeling under the weather.
    • It is very normal that they'd loose appetite when they are about to be sick, are sick or just recovered so, during these periods, try not worry too much about their appetite changing.

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About the author
Will G
September 20, 2023
Will is our very own in-house baby food expert! He is the go-to for anything baby, weaning, or product related. Working directly with experts, professors and paediatric dietitians, our content aims to keep you up to date on the latest tips, advice and opinions, giving you and your little one the best start for developing healthy eating habits.
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