When is it time to give babies 3 meals a day?

Giverny - posted on 11/30/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My baby is nearly 6months old and is eating 2 meals a day and i have been thinking about putting him on 3 is it too early?

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You shouldnt feed your baby peanut butter and it has nothing to do with allergies ... it can be very dangerous becasue of a mold that grows on peanuts and if the jar you happen to buy has some in it your baby will be terribly sick and could die and honey is the same thing allergies have nothing to do with is they can get sick form the spores in it ! its more of a why take the chance why risk it ?

Ryan - posted on 11/30/2009

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I have my son on 3 to 4 meals a day. As Beth wrote every day varies. My 7 month old is now on stage 3 foods. So he gets fruit for breakfast and those strange meal combinations for lunch and dinner. But you have to make sure to give him enough formula/breastmilk. I make up 3- 8oz bottles everyday and if i dont go through all those bottles i wont give my son the fourth meal of fruit. instead ill give him the bottle. But they really do tell you when they want more or not. My son likes to lick his lips when he wants food and sucks on everything when he wants formula.

Good luck!

Beth - posted on 11/30/2009

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Hi Giverny,



That depends on how old the baby is. It was recommended to me that I start my now 8.5 mo old on rice at 4 mo. She started baby yogurt, pureed apple, pear, peach, pumpkin, sweet potato at about the same time and pureed meat at 5 mo. Since she has kept building her menu and eats nearly everything. I'm not a believer in "allergy avoidance feeding" because neither my husband or I have allergies. She has peanut butter and egg white now and cheese.



If your boy wants food three times, great! You can just give him basic things like a bit of water melon or banana or something at the 3rd time. As long as he's getting enough milk (formula) to be hydrated. They recommend at least 4-5 feeds of 120-180 mls per day. You can give some water, too. I gave about 60 mls of water with 5 120 ml bottles and rice cereal, fruit or yougut for breakfast something similar for lunch and veggies, etc. for dinner. I found if I gave milk first then food, she ate and drank everything (nearly) but never at the same time. It's all hit and miss. As long as they are growing, go with their desires. Some days they will eat/drink more or less than others just like us and depending on their sleep/activiity.



Hope this helps.

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indians did that with posin oak to make them immune *gave them little bits i mean* and i just watched a specail on peanut butter they still founf that mold or whatever in jars so its still contaversal so i personally wouldnt do it plus its a chocking hazrad and there are a million other things you can feed your babies

Beth - posted on 11/30/2009

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Melissa, peanut butter is processed at high temps so there's no mold to worry about. Honey is a worry before one year because of bacteria but it hasn't been until the last couple years peanut butter has been taboo. Everyone has freaked out about it and NOW the "experts" have come out saying they were wrong an not giving it to babies has not stopped allergies it's only increased them! Go figure. The new tack is to give babies/kids tiny bits of what they are allergic to (under dr supervision) to build immunity. Don't spread the hype, spread the peanut butter. :)

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if you worked in a daycare center you feed infants on there time and schelude when they are hungry.... talk to your dr. you dont want him/her getting to many calories, even though you would think it obesity can be a concern ... but if you are feeding healthy food and he/she is hungry and he/she has no weight or diet concerns i dont think its going to hurt anything... my daughter "ate" breafast lunch and dinner with her sister/family since she could sit in her high chair

Ginna - posted on 11/30/2009

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Everything I have read says that your baby will let you know. Every child is different.

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