Am I feeding my baby enough??

Natasha - posted on 08/08/2010 ( 31 moms have responded )

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my son is 7 months old and wighs about 18 to 19lbs. he's still in size 3 diapers. his schedule is: 7am - 7 oz bottle

10am - 6 oz bottle with 3 tablespoons of cereal and 1/4 jar of fruit

by 2pm - 8 oz bottle

between a 4 oz bottle of juice and a rice cookie

6pm - 6oz bottle with 1/2 jar veggie and 1/2 jar of fruit.

10:30pm - another 6oz bottle with 3 tablespoons of cereal and 1/4 jar of fruit.

i know every baby is different, but most babies i've been around were much bigger than he is. i'm probably worrying for nothing but still bothers me. he doesn't cry or fuss anytime in between his feedings. just wondering if i'm feeding him enough. thanks

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Michelle - posted on 08/19/2010

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Fizza, there is a great website for baby foods http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ . They give you a menu for each age. I started my baby on solids at 6 months and did sweet potatoes first (which he did not like at all), then we tried apples, peaches, blueberries, oatmeal cereal, peas and carrots. He didn't actually like it much at first so we stuck to fruits. He fell in LOVE with blueberries (but they are messy so we do them at night before his bath). He just started accepting veggies at 7.5 months and actually liking his cereal a bit more (although I always prepare the cereal with fruit).

Angela - posted on 08/09/2010

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Hi there :)

Sounds like he's doing fine! Be glad you've still got your lovely little bundle - my boy is 10 kg (I think 22 lbs) and 74cm (I think 29 inches) and is rapidly growing out of all his clothes ha ha

Key indicators of being hungry would be grizzly and night waking so if he's not doing either of these things your okay :)

The other more immediate indicator is to hold the spoon up to his mouth after he has finished the solids - if he opens looking for more then he is hungry.

Iron is the most essential nutrient needed at the moment as babies brain is growing so make sure the cereal is iron fortified and add some meat or iron rich veges.

My son eats when we eat so the schedule is kind of like this

7am - breastfeed

7.30 - breakfast (2 tablespoons cereal and 2 tablespoons of fruit and toast fingers)

11.30ish - breast feed

12 - lunch - up to 1/2 cup of one of these - veges, scrambled eggs or baked beans, pasta, fish etc (or whatever I feel like making ha ha)

3ish after his sleep - breast feed,

6.30 - dinner - up to half a cup of meat and veges (usually just what we are having for dinner too)

7.30 breast feed and bed

The only extra drink he gets is water whenever he wants some.

I think as long as he is not hungry then worry only about optimum nutrition not quantity.

I hope this helps
All the best xx

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Maggie - posted on 08/23/2010

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My son is 8.5 months. He is still in smalls, he is 16 lb and a bit over 29 inch. Had his metabolism checked and found he had a VERY active one. from 7am He eats 2 fingers of toast each morning, plus some oats. BF an hour later, fruit pieces snack about 10, lunch being whatever I am eating, a BF then a biscuit snack, dinner usually a good size meal of wholemeal rice, or pasta with veggies and meats again whatever we have he has, and again a BF at 7 before bed. That usually gets him through till 4.30 for another BF then sleep till brakfast

Kellie - posted on 08/22/2010

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Well, we still wear size one diapers. She just hit 12 pounds 12 ounces last week and she is 8 1/2 months old. They are all wonderfully made and so very different. Keep up the good wrok.

Monika - posted on 08/22/2010

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As far as diaper sizes...the weights on the packages are really just a loose guide and they overlap size 4 starts at 22lbs.However, I starting using them at night only a while back. So if you have any leak issues time to move up a size. Hope this helps!

Jessica - posted on 08/22/2010

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sounds like you are doing a fine job, my son just turned 8 months and is 20lbs. we stll use size 3 sometimes and have moved up to a size 4 also.(depends on the brand on what size fits better) I give ceral in morning, then 4oz bottle for snack, lunch(fruit) with more formula, snack, bottle before supper then after a bit he gets his dinner and bottle before bed. it all depends on your child they will let u know if they are hungry.

Monika - posted on 08/21/2010

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18-19 lbs is not small by any means. My son is 8 months at 22 lbs...but is in 90%....so I'm sure your little guy really isn't so little. He'd let you know if he was hungry!

Simone - posted on 08/21/2010

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No worries. Some babies are just smaller than others. My daughter is 8 months, still only 14lbs... in the 5th percentile. She's also short. But as long as he's happy and not crying for more food you're good.

Angel - posted on 08/20/2010

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My son is 8 months and weighs 18.5 pounds and wears a size 4 in pampers. His doctor says he's doing just fine. Stop worrying, every baby is different. You should be concerned when the baby doesn't eat. On top of all that my son is also teething. 4 teeth now.

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As most everyone said I think he is doing fine. He'd let you know. I think my LO is about the same weight as yours at 7.5 months. I'm not worried. He is bigger than some babies, but usually he is smaller than most of my friends babies are bigger than he is, including girls! lol

Sara - posted on 08/20/2010

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i'm sure if he was hungry you would know. and just as long as he is gaining weight there is nothing to worry about. Some babies are hungry babies others don't care so much. If you are really worried offer him a little more you must know if he is satisfied or not. I know a 4 year old who weighs less than my 8 month old... everybody is different

Lisa - posted on 08/20/2010

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Actually, I found another place that says the average is a much wider range babies 6-9 months 13.6 pounds to 24.0 pounds, 24.4 inches to 29.9 inches.

Again your baby is perfect!

Lisa - posted on 08/19/2010

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Sounds like u are feeding him plenty! My baby girl eats about the same amount as your baby boy. She has 6 or 7, 5 oz bottles per day, sometimes one or 2 of those are plain water if it's really hot that day. Plus I feed her a half jar of food 3 times a day, one fruit (sometimes with cereal) one veg, and one meat.

Isabella will be 8 months at the end of this month. She weighs 18 pounds and is 28 inches long. She is also in size 3 diapers. Do people have babies the same age and in bigger diapers??? I only ask because size 3 diapers go up to 28 pounds and that is rather large for a 7 or 8 month old baby! The basic average for babies aged 6-9 months is 17-20 pounds and 26-28 inches. I think I would flip if she was already in size 4 diapers LOL

Your baby is PERFECT!!!

Angela - posted on 08/19/2010

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My baby is almost 8 months, is approx 20 lbs, wears sz 4 diapers, and sz 9-12 mos in clothes.
He is breastfed on demand, maybe 6 times a day, 10 -15 mins each time. He gets 2 TBSP of whole wheat cereal w/ 1/2 jar of stage 1 veg & 1/2 jar stage 1 fruit once a day.

Audra - posted on 08/19/2010

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my lil guy, also 8 mos, also still wears size 3 diapers. He is the happiest lil guy ever - he is still on breastmilk only but is totally satisfied after drinking milk. His Dr. said that as long as he's satisfied, he's getting as much as he needs. Just follow your instincts - he'll let you know if he's still hungry or if he's not getting enough! Your Dr. can also be a big help. My guy is towards the lower end of the weight scale, but every baby is different!:)

Fizza - posted on 08/19/2010

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hi, my daughter is 7 months and 3 weeks old. She is not cutting even a single tooth. She is of 9 kg and sits unattended. She does not accept bottle feed even after my untiring effort. I dont have enough flow of milk...She is on wheat cereal and rice only and sometimes banana. Which food should i start using except all these?

Kim - posted on 08/18/2010

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definately every baby is different. K is barely 16 lbs, 8 months old, and still too small for a size 3 diaper. If he is not fussing then he must be satisfied, go with your instinct!!

Corinna - posted on 08/17/2010

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I am nursing my baby girl when I am with her and I don't have a heavy milk flow so I don't know how much she gets from me but in daycare she gets 2 bottles and drinks 3-4 ounces and maybe another 3 ounces before bed plus 2 tablespoons rice cereal and 3 ounces veggies and about 1 ounce fruit if she still wants it. She is pretty chubby so I am not worried about her. Your baby really seems to drink and eat enough. Every baby is different and as they start teething they might now like to drink or eat that much. So don't worry. Babies know when they have had enough just like we do. Unless they are sick and don't want to drink you gotta try harder to make them drink. My baby girl is 8 months, 19 pounds and also in diaper size 3. People say she is big and chunky. lol

Krystal - posted on 08/17/2010

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My son is eight months and 26 lbs. My child is massive lol In my opinion just feed him when he is hungry. Maybe he's not gaining weight because of his metabolism. That is something completely out of your hands! Don't beat yourself up over it! Just because he's not a chunky monkey doesn't mean he's not healthy! I'm sure you are doing the right thing!

Jordon - posted on 08/17/2010

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My 8 month old baby was 19 lbs at 7 months and and he is still in size 3 diapers so don't worry although my little guy decided he isn't gonna eat baby food anymore... It sounds like your schedule is about the same as my little guys and yes every baby is different.... If you are really worried I would ask his Dr. They will tell you...

Sara - posted on 08/17/2010

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I'm feeding my baby 1 jar of fruit in the morning. 1 jar of veggies @ night and 1 jar of meat for lunch.

Michelle - posted on 08/16/2010

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Sounds to me like your baby is eating lots and he seems to be a pretty good weight as well. My son is 7 months and 3 weeks and he just started enjoying his solids about a week ago. I've since increased what he eats and started feeding him solids three times a day. He breastfeeds about every 3 to 4 hours (most often every 3). I normally breastfeed him when he wakes up and then I feed him solids 30 mins later. He will eat 1 oz. of fruit with 1 tbsp. of cereal in the morning, 1 to 2 oz. of fruit or veggie for lunch and 1 oz. of veggie and 2 oz. of fruit for dinner. He still wakes up twice at night to feed (between 7pm and 7 am). He is 21 pds right now and was at the 95 percentile at his 6 month check-up.

Heidi - posted on 08/16/2010

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If he is hungry he will let you know. My son is just under 16lbs. (he was 7 at birth). When he was 6 mo I got an add with a newborn diaper, and he could fit in it. He can fit in 2 now. I know that for my older 2 boys size 3 was the biggest that I bought ( they were toilet trained). He is eating about 10 jars of food (3 or more at a time), or the equivelent of table food, plus breast milk each day. We are not unusually small people. They will catch up in their own time.

Jessica - posted on 08/16/2010

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My daughter is 7 1/2 months old and she weighs 13-14 pounds. She is in the less than 3 % and is just now in a size 3 diaper (I actually bought them today!) She is very healthy and eats like a teenage boy! (Most babies that are 3 months younger than her are way bigger)I think as long as your pediatrician is okay with his weight and you feel okay about it then chances are he is healthy and maybe just on the small side :)

Layla - posted on 08/10/2010

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thanx alot i will try meat and will mash the food from this weekend,actually i work and the babysitter take care of cooking the food with following my instructions. this weekend im gona do that thanxx

Angela - posted on 08/10/2010

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Hi Layla,

Blend or mash it is up to you :) Your baby and your confidence will guide you.

You do need to start offering a variety of textures as your baby gets older to encourage the chewing action.
Your baby may gag a little at first - but this is totally normal and they don't get upset unless we do so as long as your watching, baby will be fine to work through the reflex on their own.

To start with I mashed (well mashed) the same foods my son had pureed so he knew the flavour and now I still mash just not as fine.

With the meat I started with a little bit of any red meat or chicken -just a teaspoon - well cooked with no salt etc then pureed and mixed with veges I knew he liked.
(I cook our meat together then just put some aside before I season ours)

Now that Cohen is used to the flavor I don't puree it anymore just cut it up finely.
He know has a full serve (babies palm size is a serve) mixed in with veges.

I always use freshly cooked meat and chicken and make sure it is well cooked.

The redder the meat the higher the iron content but also means the stronger the flavor so it may take a bit of getting used to so just add a tiny bit at a time.

If your not up to adding meat just make sure you use a iron fortified cereal or formula and add fruits and veges that are high in vitamin C to aide in the absorption of the iron - such as broccoli, apricot, peach, pawpaw, rockmelon etc (leave citrus until after 8 months)

Mostly Cohen now eats what we eat - minus the salt.

It is a learning curve thats for sure but as long as you have safe eating practices you should be fine.

Just do things when you are ready - try a different texture of just a couple of mouthfuls and if it doesn't go well blend the rest and try again the next meal :)

I hope this helps
All the best xx

Layla - posted on 08/09/2010

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at the age of 7 months i blend my baby's food is that ok, or i should just smash it with fork i feel that still its too early to smash it with fork, and regarding meat still i havent started giving my baby, has anyone started giving meat, how u add it to the food and which which food u mix it and do u use mince meat and blend it and do u boil the meat first with food (HELP)

Layla - posted on 08/09/2010

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and this is for your next step

Age: 10 to 12 months
Signs of readiness for additional solid food
• Same as 8 to 10 months, PLUS
• Swallows food more easily
• Has more teeth
• No longer pushes food out with tongue
• Is trying to use a spoon
What to feed
• Breast milk or formula PLUS
• Soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese (but no cows' milk until age 1)
• Iron-fortified cereals (rice, barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)
• Fruit cut into cubes or strips, or mashed
• Bite-size, soft-cooked vegetables (peas, carrots)
• Combo foods (macaroni and cheese, casseroles)
• Protein (egg; pureed or finely ground meats, poultry, and boneless fish; tofu; well-cooked and mashed beans)
• Finger foods (lightly toasted bread or bagels, small pieces of ripe banana, spiral pasta, teething crackers, low-sugar O-shaped cereal)
• Non-citrus juice How much per day
• 1/3 cup dairy (or ½ oz. cheese)
• ¼ to ½ cup iron-fortified cereal
• ¼ to ½ cup fruit
• ¼ to ½ cup vegetables
• 1/8 to ¼ cup combo foods
• 1/8 to ¼ cup protein foods
• 3 to 4 oz. non-citrus juices
Feeding tip
• Introduce new foods one at a time, with at least three days in between to make sure your baby's not allergic.

Layla - posted on 08/09/2010

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this is my own schedule

Age: 8 to 10 months
Fruits veg cereal Dairy Protein
bananas, Carrots Cerelak Milk Chicken
peaches Potato farlees yogurt Blended mince meat (boil for 20 min then blend)
Apple Sweet potato Quaker oats Cheese (cream) 4 pieces of lentil put in the cooking pot
pear Spinach Rice
avocado Pumpkin pasta
Orange juice Zucchini
Dates (take out the seed and the skin and blend with other fruits) Broccoli
cauliflower
Onions
asparagus

Layla - posted on 08/09/2010

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Age: 8 to 10 months
Signs of readiness for solid and finger foods
• Same as 6 to 8 months, PLUS
• Picks up objects with thumb and forefinger (pincer grasp)
• Can transfer items from one hand to the other
• Puts everything in his mouth
• Moves jaw in a chewing motion
What to feed
• Breast milk or formula, PLUS
• Small amounts of soft pasteurized cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese (but no cows' milk until age 1)
• Iron-fortified cereals (rice, barley, wheat, oats, mixed cereals)
• Mashed fruits and vegetables (bananas, peaches, pears, avocados, cooked carrots, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes)
• Finger foods (lightly toasted bagels, cut up; small pieces of ripe banana; well-cooked spiral pasta; teething crackers; low-sugar O-shaped cereal)
• Small amounts of protein (egg, pureed meats, poultry, and boneless fish; tofu; well-cooked and mashed beans with soft skins like lentils, split peas, pintos, black beans)
• Non-citrus juice (apple or pear) How much per day
• ¼ - 1/3 cup dairy (or ½ oz. cheese)
• ¼ - ½ cup iron-fortified cereal
• ¼ - ½ cup fruit
• ¼ - ½ cup vegetables
• 1/8 - ¼ cup protein foods
• 3 - 4 oz. non-citrus juices
Feeding tip
• Introduce new foods one at a time, with at least three days in between to make sure your baby's not allergic.

Brandi - posted on 08/08/2010

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if he isnt fussing or crying between feedings then its a safe bet that ur little guy is fed enough and he's satisfied...if he was still hungry at anytime, he'll let u know. :):)...

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