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Food help!

Hey everyone! My daughter just turned 8 months. (She was born at the end of September) I went to her doctor's appointment yesterday and they said to start weaning her off of bottles and that she should only be having like 18 oz. a day and to give her more solid food. I had no clue I was already supposed to do this. (She's been having like 30 oz. a day probably, maybe 25.) She doesn't like the purees and we have been giving her solids which she LOVES. We mostly just whatever we are eating, but I don't usually eat all 3 meals so I am looking for things that I can give her for them. I'm wondering now what sort of food schedule and what sort of things that I should give her to make up for the bottles.

TLDR: So, what I am asking is, what is your child's food schedule, and what are they eating for meals? (It'd be even more of a plus if it's easy to make!)

Edit: Also, do you give your kids juice? I haven't really given her it but I've heard mixed things. If you do, what type?


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May. 25th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
We give him 3 meals a day plus snacks.
Breakfast is either cereal or yogurt and fruit. He gets this when he gets up.
For lunch and dinner he'll get what we are eating. But we also have things like yams, apples, avocados, squash, chicken and beef cut up so he can feed himself.
Lunch is between 12-2pm and dinner is between 6-8pm. Those times depend on if we are out or if he is taking a long nap at the time.
He also gets rice crackers, Zweiback and Cheerios throughout the day. Plus he gets breastfed on demand.
We haven't started juice yet. Everything I see says only about 4oz of juice a day. When we do I'll go with 100% natural juice like Martinelli's Apple Juice diluted with water.

Garrett didn't do purees for long. He likes chunks of things. We just make sure to steam, bake or boil them so they are soft enough for him to eat.
May. 25th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
What type of cereal do you give him for breakfast? Like, rice cereal, or real cereal? She won't eat rice cereal (or really almost anything on a spoon) and I've been wondering what kinds of real cereal I could give her.

Also, might be a dumb question, but when you steam/bake/boil the veggies, do you do that every day or can you do it every few days and like hold onto them for a few days? I've never steamed vegetables for myself because I don't like them that way, but I'm interested in doing it for her.
May. 25th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
He hates rice cereal. We put some Cheerios in a food processor and then combine that with some breast milk.
He's also started the Multi Grain and Apple Cinnamon Cheerios as finger foods.

We cook veggies and fruits and put them in tupperware/gladware and keep them labeled in the fridge. Some things last longer then others.
We like veggies raw as well. We make about 5-6 different things at once and then choose 2-3 for meals. We also take a small container with us if we go out just in case we are eating things he can't have.

Just make sure to check them. If they go bad then toss them. Start by making smaller amounts until you know how much she'll eat.

Also, my son eats his fill. He was never a puker and always stops himself when he doesn't want more. Some days he'll eat more then I do.

Edited at 2010-05-25 03:32 pm (UTC)
May. 25th, 2010 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :) I appreciate it.
May. 25th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
My kid has 24oz + of formula, four jars of baby food (a fruit, two vegetable, and a 3rd food meal) and a handful of crackers. (My handful, not his.)

He's nine months old now, was born a preemie, and is only fifteen pounds. He's been throwing up everything since birth so the doctor told us no way in heck on weaning and to just give him as much as he can stand.
May. 25th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
We have been really lackadaisical about solids and so my (almost) 9 month old son is still primarily breastfed and has a few bites of whatever we're eating at breakfast and dinner and occasionally lunch. If what we're having is just something he can't eat, we'll do steamed vegetables, goat milk yogurt, or offer a ripe pear for him to nom on while we eat. Mostly though the 'mmm food!' instinct hasn't kicked in for him yet. When it does, we'll give him more.
May. 25th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
First of all I must say that you were given some pretty crappy advice. Your infants nutritional needs first need to be met from either breast milk or formula for the first 12 months of their life. Then you should be switching to their main needs being met from solids and secondary breast milk or formula or milk.

My daughter is 8.5 months and here is her schedule (notice that breast milk is always given prior to any solids so her nutritional needs are met first by the bm, not the solids)

7:30 am- nursing session
8:00 am- offer solids

11:00 am- nursing session
11:30 or 12:00- offer solids

3:00 pm- nursing session
3:30- offer solids (typically some type of snack)
5:00 pm- offer solids

7:00 pm- nursing session

Also at every “offering of solids” I am also offering a sippy cup or regular cup with water. We do not give any juice unless she has been constipated and then it is ¼ juice ¾ water. I also will try whole fruit first such as water melon, musk melon, cantelopes, plums, etc before juice.

Also if your baby is into real solids (whole bananas, etc) you should look into Baby Led Weaning, awesome book and my little girl LOVES it! Skipped purees!
May. 25th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
I should also note that this is a tentative schedule as my daughter can nurse on demand whenever she likes, so we often have additional nursing sessions, especially now with the weather getting warmer in Michigan.

Also she drinks about 2-3oz of water per day which has really helped with her bowel movements since starting solids.
May. 25th, 2010 05:17 pm (UTC)
My daughter is a big eater, and will eat pretty much everything I put in front of her. She eats 3 meals a day.

She eats breakfast when she gets up and I usually give her a few things on her high chair to choose from. Today was avocado and cheerios.

She likes purees too, we make them and buy the Gerber ones. She will eat basically anything.

She only has 1-2 bottles a day and then she has diluted juice in a sippy cup as well.

for lunch she usually has a puree and some crackers or cereal and the same for dinner.

she's 8 months and 21 pounds. big girl.

May. 25th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Tiberius has around 24oz of formula a day, 2 snacks and 2 meals. Usually oatmeal with some fruit and for dinner he has a meat and mixed veggie (I make his food...he doesn't like baby jar food). He has been using his sippy cup since he was 6 months, but usually has water or sometimes a treat I put 4oz of water and 1 oz apple juice.

In the end it's up to you what you want to do with your own child and I think 8 months is a bit young to be weaning off of the main food source which is either breast milk or formula.
May. 25th, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
By the way we do baby led weaning and some puree too (chunky though, he doesn't like it sloppy). Tiber is nearly coming up to 9 months and he is 17.6 pounds. He has always been a tiny eater (drinks around 3oz/4oz in bottles) and rarely finishes them.

Go with your gut, you know your child better than anyone else.
May. 25th, 2010 06:27 pm (UTC)
I'm seconding the comment that you got crappy advice, this sort of thing is why I fired my ped. The basic rule regarding solids is "Under one, just for fun". That being said, my boy is breastfed on demand and always before he has anything else, with the exception of a few cheerios or puffs so I can have 10 mins of not being mauled or shrieked at. He also just eats some of whatever I'm eating most of the time, smaller bite of course.
May. 25th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
I forgot, I don't give him juice at all, just breastmilk and water, juice is just empty calories, not much but sugar water. I'd rather he just eat fresh fruit.
May. 25th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Nathan turns 8 months on the 26th he's 22 pounds now. He's a big eater, trys anything!

Currently he has 2 formula bottles a day and access to pure apple juice cut with water via sippy cup whenever he wants. He has two large meals along with snacks. Breakfast (7am -8am) which is usually rice cereal mixed with some fruit puree, Then around lunch(12-2pm) we offer multiple snacks. Yogurt, Apple sauce, cheerios, diced fruit - nathans favourites are watermelon and bananas. Tastes of whatever we may be eating. Dinner (6:30 - 7:30) Rice cereal again with a vegetable puree and sometimes fruit puree as well.
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