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As far as how much baby food to expect your LO to consume…it is really dependent on the child. By the time Brayden was 7 months old, he consumed a stage three Gerber jar of a fruit, a veggie, and at dinner sometimes I would do Blueberry Buckle for dessert if he was still hungry. He also would have cereal at two meals a day–and sometimes that would be 12 Tablespoons! The kid was a monster eater, and a skinny little thing. When I would go to the grocery store and buy baby food, the checkers would always comment on how much baby food I was buying. I don’t think he was normal.
At 8.5 months, Kaitlyn eats stage two of everything, has 4 T of cereal at breakfast and dinner, 1 veggie at lunch and 1 at dinner, 1/2 fruit at breakfast, 3/4-1 fruit at lunch, and about 1 fruit at dinner. Feed your baby what your baby wants (within reason). Babies are much better than adults at stopping when they are full!
- Mom2Cohen said…
I was wondering if you could give me your opinion on how much I have been feeding my little guy. I started him on cereal last Monday (2/18) and have been giving him about 3T of rice or oatmeal cereal everyday at 4:30 (after BFing). I am planning to start feeding him twice a day this coming Monday (3/3) but I am unsure about how much he is actually supposed to get at each feeding. I saw on one website that he should only have 3-9 T a day but that didn’t seem right! Anyhow, I hope that all makes sense. Basically I am just wondering how much I can feed him at each feeding because trust me when I say that he will eat pretty much ANYTHING I put in his mouth…he always acts like he wants more. Also, just FYI I plan on doing two feedings of cereal a day for two weeks and then I will do three feedings a day of cereal for a week and then I will start adding veggies (at least this is “My” plan…we will see how things go)I look forward to hearing what you think as far as the amount I can feed him!
February 28, 2008 8:10 PM
BW II says to work up to 6 T per meal if they want it. I would start slowly with your second meal and continue to offer more at the other meal until you reach 6 T. If your son is hard to read for solids, you might like the book Super Baby Food. I haven’t ever read it, but heard great things about it. It covers birth to three years.
February 28, 2008 9:48 PM
- Mom2Cohen said…
Okay…now for a really stupid question…when people say 4T, 5T, etc are they meaning just 4T of cereal plus the formula or 4T when the cereal and formula are mixed?
February 29, 2008 12:09 PM
Not to sound like a teacher, but there is no such thing as a stupid question :). To not ask a question and/or just assume something to be true is far “stupider” than asking and making sure you get it.When I say 5T, I mean 5T dry. Then you add the liquid. Please let me know if that doesn’t make sense (by the way, I think that is a really good question 🙂 ).
February 29, 2008 2:05 PM
- Jonathan and Meredith Harvey said…
Hi, this is my first comment, but I love your blog. I use it almost every day and have recommended it to several other mom friends. My 6 1/2 month old is eating 5x a day, cereal at 3 feedings. He only eats 2-3 tablespoons and I am wondering if this is ok. The most he has ever eaten is probably four. We have not started veggies or anything yet, just cereal so far and some juice to help with BMs. Is it ok that he only eats that much? Thanks
March 11, 2008 10:50 AM
That sounds fine to me. My daughter has never consistently eaten more than 4 T of cereal at once, and she is 11 months old. It is always a good idea to follow your child’s lead on the amount of food.But there is a book called Super Baby Food. I haven’t read it, but I have heard many many good things about it. It covers birth to 3 years old. It could be a great resource.
March 11, 2008 11:14 AM
- Gabby said…
My 6 month old has been eating solids for about 3 weeks. We did 2 weeks of cereal and started veggies this last week. He was eating well (about 3-4T of cereal each time), until the last couple of days. All of a sudden he just holds it on his tongue and will not swallow. I tried feeding solids before and after BF rather than in the middle, but it did not seem to help. I’m concerned that he needs the nutrition at his age. Last night he drank 2 oz of formula after nursing and refusing the solids because he still seemed hungry. Any suggestions??? Thanks!-Gabby
April 5, 2008 6:52 AM
Gabby, I was just going through posts organizing comments and saw your comment here. I never was notified of it (sometimes that happens for some reason). If you still have problems, let me know. Hopefully things are better a month later. If not, see this post: How to Get Picky Eaters to Eat
May 8, 2008 2:20 PM
- Jessica said…
I need help! I am having feeding/eating issues with my 5 month old little girl. I am having trouble getting both formula and solids in her at the same feeding. I think she is also starting to prefer solids over her formula and is refusing to drink it. When I try to feed her at 10 a.m. she may take 2 oz. of formula but no where near a full feeding. I feel like I need to split up her milk and solid feedings so that she will eat well.She has started waking early in the a.m. and I am not sure if it is food related or what. The waking isn’t that big of an issue since I needed to play with her schedule anyway but it is still frustrating.
September 6, 2008 12:48 PM
Jessica, how often do you feed solids? Also, is she teething? Often they will not eat well while teething–especially nursing/bottles.
September 10, 2008 2:52 PM