How to Get a Baby on a Feeding Schedule

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Young babies often make their own feeding schedules, but older babies can be put on a feeding schedule that includes several small meals throughout the day. Always feed a hungry baby to keep it from overeating at scheduled feeding times. Find out more about feeding babies with information from the mother of three young children in this free video on parenting.

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Hi, I'm Erica. We're in Salt Lake City, Utah, and I'm going to talk to you about how to get a baby on a feeding schedule. Usually when a baby is just born, they make the feeding schedule. They eat when they're hungry, and when they're not hungry they don't eat. But, as they get older, you can kind of put them into a schedule so that in the morning, you feed them a bottle, or you give them some jar food, and then you give them a snack and then you give them lunch, and then a snack, and then dinner, and stuff like that. But if your baby is hungry, and you know the baby's hungry, and they've had a lot of food, try to feed them anyway. Usually, when the baby is small, they will tell you when they're hungry. It's very important that when they are hungry, that you do feed them so that they don't overeat when they do get food, because that can make them sick. Another way to get the baby on the feeding schedule is by holding them and laying them down to bed, so if you feed them before a nap, be sure to feed them and then burp them and lay them down to bed. Never lay them in the bed with the bottle, and do not give your baby any juice until they are older in months, don't give them when they're an infant because the sugar will hurt their gums and hurt the teeth that are coming in. Just be sure to not give them juice, and when they are hungry, to feed them, and then just watch their body language and just know when the baby's full and when they are hungry.

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