The Nutrition Rules
Parents often want detailed rules for how much to feed their baby. How many ounces does he need each day or during each feeding? How often should he eat? What should he be eating?
Unfortunately, there aren't any formal “rules” that specify what each and every child should be eating. Just as kids come in different shapes and sizes, they also have different appetites and nutritional needs. One baby might only drink twenty-four ounces of formula, while another needs thirty-two or even forty ounces a day. Or one six-month-old might be eating two meals a day, with cereal, vegetables, and fruits, while another is just barely starting cereal. And all of these kids, with their very different diets, could be growing and developing just fine. So instead of looking for strict rules, parents should follow more general guidelines, and simply make sure that their baby is satisfied and growing well.
Among the foods that you should avoid during your baby's first year include honey, because of the risk of botulism; egg whites and peanut butter, because of the risk of food allergies; and any foods that your baby might choke on. Many parents also avoid citrus juices, but that is usually because they aren't well tolerated and not because they are dangerous.