how much/how often/what are you feeding your 6 month old?

Jaimie - posted on 07/05/2010 ( 47 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 6 months old and has a 7 oz. bottle every 3 1/2 hours. I give her a jar of food once a day and started introducing her to solids at 4 months. I just don't know if i should be giving her solid foods more often? how much should i give her? do i give her a bottle right after? how do i know if she has enough food when she has solids? ugh, i feel clueless! what do you do?

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Kristi - posted on 07/18/2010

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my daughter just turned 7 months yesterday and this is her feeding schedule..
morning 6oz bottle
mid-morning 6 oz bottle and 2 TBS cereal
lunch 6 oz bottle and 1/2 or whole jar of fruit
mid afternoon 6oz bottle
dinner 6 oz bottle, 2 TBS cereal, and 1/2 -full jar of veggies

she eats every 3 hours!! hope this helps

Sarah - posted on 07/18/2010

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My girl is 7 months today. I still breastfeed her and she's having 3 meals a day. This is roughly what our day looks like:

6.30/7am - breastfeed
7.30am - breakfast (usually weetbix with fruit or yoghurt)
10am - breastfeed
10.30/11am - snack (rusk or piece of fruit in muslin)
1pm - breastfeed
1.30pm - lunch (vegetables followed by fruit or custard)
3/3.30pm - snack (rusk or gingernut)
4/4.30pm - breastfeed
5pm - dinner (vegetables followed by fruit or custard)
6.30/7pm - breastfeed
3/4am - breastfeed.

The snacks inbetween her meals are optional, I don't always give her food at those times. I basically just give her as much as she wants - so until she either starts to fuss or pokes her tongue out and won't eat anymore.

Hope that helps =)

Emma - posted on 07/18/2010

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my twins turned 7 mnths 2 days ago and they have a bottle at 6 in morning and 8oz, they have baby porridge at 9 am with some cooled boiled water then 8oz bottle about 12 ish, at 3pm they will have a jar or some of my food and 6pm 8oz bottle then bed! so 3 bottles a day and 2 meals u probably need to drop one of her bottles and give her 2 meals! its up to you, just an idea! hope this helps! another tip if you want a general idea how many bottles and oz of formula they are meant to be taking at certain ages, its on the back of formula tubs!

Misty - posted on 07/06/2010

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My 6mth old son drinks 6oz (most of the time) plus 1 1/2Tbsp of Oatmeal and 1/2 a container of Gerber 2nd foods fruit for breakfast. Lunch 6oz of formula plus 1/2 containter of Gerber 2nd foods fruit and a 1/2 or whole container of Gerber 2nd foods veggie. supper is 6oz of formula plus 1 1/2 Tbsp of Rice Cereal with 1/2 container of Gerber 2nd foods fruit and 1/2 container of Gerber 2nd foods veggie. then at bedtime he just gets 6oz of formula. he's not a big formula drinker b/c he's on soy formula and does not like it. so i do good to get 6 oz in him. he eats every 4 hours most days. my son will gag or start pushing the spoon away when he's had enough food. some days he eats all of that but some days he will only eat half of it.

Colleen - posted on 07/19/2010

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At 6 months I started giving my daughter two solid meals a day. She gets oatmeal and a fruit for breakfast and the rest of her 6 oz bottle--and then eats just a bottle 3 hours later or after her nap--whichever comes first--then for dinner she has a meat/veg combo and rice cereal and then the rest of her 6 oz bottle and a bottle before bedtime. My dr said I can give her table foods too but no honey, eggs, etc. She loves mashed potatoes and beans and cheese so far!

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Lai - posted on 09/18/2013

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My son im will be 6mths in two weeks.

B: 9am-3oz of fruit and 6oz bottle
L: 1pm-3oz of fruit and 6oz bottle
D: 6pm-3oz of fruit and 6oz bottle

Bed time: 8oz bottle
I offer an oz of water in between but he usually doesn't take it.
Hopes this helps. :)

Sara - posted on 01/13/2013

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My son is 6 months and i give him a baby cereal in the morning and a full jar of baby food at about 4 0 clock and twice a week i give him half a jar of baby pudding and he has his milk inbetween. The amount u give him/her depends on each babies individual needs

Marina - posted on 01/12/2013

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Is it bad to barley start feeding your child solid foods at 6 months. i have been putting ceral in his formula.

Brandi - posted on 07/19/2010

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my daughters pediatrition said as they get older the amount of milk they drink should get less and less, so i would suggest giving her more solids. and waiting longer to give her a bottle after you give her food. i give my daughter breakfast lunch and dinner jars. and she's 7 months. and then i wait at least an hour after to feed her a 5oz bottle. babies shouldn't eat more than 30oz of formula a day if they are eating solids. so that's a good thing to think about when feeding her. hope i helped!

Emily - posted on 07/17/2010

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my son is 6 months old and he eats 4-5 4 oz bottles a day. he eats cereal in the morning (about 2 oz) and a thing of fruit. in the afternoon for lunch he has some ceral and a thing of veggies and a thing of fruit.

Vicki - posted on 07/17/2010

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It's hard to tell if they're getting enough nourishment, isn't it? I asked my ped about it and she said she'd rather Parker have more breast milk or formula than solid food. She said at this age (6-7 months), the food isn't serving as much of a purpose as the milk/formla. So she didn't want him filling up on the solid food. So, Parker has breakfast in the morning and dinner at night. We skip the mid day solid food. He drinks bottled breast milk while at "school." About 3-4 oz every 3 hours and then he breast feeds while at home. He's become more of a night feeder (ugh!) and seems to get the majority of the b mlk during the night. I'm a working mom, so I pump during the day and cant' seem to produce enough during the day to change Parker to a day feeder! We make our own solid foods too. Just doing veggies and fruit now. Our ped said to wait until 9 months before introducing meats.

Kristin - posted on 07/16/2010

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I am following what my GP suggested: Emma is 6 months, 3 weeks, 18lbs. She started rice cereal at 5.5 months. Prior to that she was breastfed only.
Around 6 am she nurses and around 9am she has breakfast (5 tbsp baby cereal currently Oat) she has a mid afternoon lunch ( 5tbsp baby cereal, 1/2 jar fruit or more if she wants) she then has a later dinner 6:30/7ish (5tbsp baby cereal, 1/2 jar fruit). She will have one last cereal meal around 10pm and that keeps her satisfied until 6am. I breast feed about half an hour after her meals and usually half way between lunch and dinner and before bed.

Basically the doc told me to do all the cereals (rice, barley, oat, mixed) while giving her fruit. Then after I make it through all the fruits to move on to veggies. After all her cereal types, fruits and veggies are done then I can move on to meat.

Hope this helps.

Peta - posted on 07/16/2010

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Sorry, just wanted to clarify...when I said that most bubs are able to go 3.5 hrs between bottles, I was referring to bubs who are also being fed solids. Don't know if this makes sense, but anyway!

Peta - posted on 07/16/2010

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Hi Jaimie, I started my little girl also at 4 months as she was a reflux baby. Here in Australia, we have a baby cereal called Farex. I used to mix this with a bit of her formula as she was used to the taste of that and then gave it to her. She loved it. Then I slowly started introducing more - pumpkin, zucchini, carrot, etc. I gave her a bit each time and only introduced each different food slowly. If she is having solids, she probably won't need a bottle straight after. Mine used to let me know if she was still hungry. I would also feed my little girl only 1 meal of solids when I first started her then slowly built them up to twice a day and then 3 times a day, while at the same time cut her bottles down. You are the best person to know how much your little girl needs - please try not to worry about what others tell you what you SHOULD be doing. Trust your instincts, she'll let you know if she's had enough of if she's still hungry. I would say if she's wanting a bottle every 3.5 hours then she needs some solids as by 6 months most babies are able to go longer than 3.5 hrs between bottles. Does this make sense? Hope this is helpful :-) And just remember, you are her mum and you know her best. I'd say you are doing a great job too!

Marlene - posted on 07/15/2010

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My daughter just turned 7mths last week and she drinks 6oz every 4hrs with the exception of her second feeding which is solids and her last feeding which I give her 8oz because she sleeps through the night and her last bottle is given bwtn 8:30 and 10pm

Stephanie - posted on 07/15/2010

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well my daughter just turned 7 months yesterday. What I do is give her a 7 oz. bottle of formula in the morning as her first feeding then I give her a 4oz. gerber fruit or vegi. with 2oz. of apple juice and 2oz. of water so the juice isnt too sweet occationally I will give her just water. but as long as you dont substitute her feedings with only water its okay. the thrid feeding I give her 4oz. of formula and cerial and spoon feed it to her; with a 2 or 3 oz. of juice or water. After that I start it over again. She also eats every 3-4 hours.

Sara - posted on 07/15/2010

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I feed my baby 2 a day. If he cries when I'm feeding him @ night then I stop feeding him. Sometimes this happens when he's only eaten half a bottle of solid food. I will try to feed him the rest of that bottle that night or save half of it for him to eat at lunch. I think 2 bottles of solid food a day are good. Also if your baby still wants a bottle after eating solid food I would give it to her.

Maggie - posted on 07/14/2010

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My son started solids at 3 and a half months, he is now BF 3-4 times a day usually half an hour after meals and 1 before bed. He has 3 decent sized meals consisting of oats and fruit for breaky, avocado, cucumber for lunch and rice and veggies with some home made custard for dinner. Hes a lil piggy, he also has fruit snacks and biscuits in between meals.

Jennifer - posted on 07/14/2010

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my son will be 7 months old on the 16th of july. He still won't eat solid foods such as Puffs or Teething Biscuits. I'm not sure what to bout that. When i put them in his mouth he spits it out and makes a weird face, like he don't know how to eat or chew on them.

Katie - posted on 07/14/2010

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You should feed her whatever you feel comfortable with..."food before 1 is just for fun" or however that saying goes. My son (seven months and one week) is breastfed and HATES the bottle, so as far as how much he drinks in a "meal" I couldn't tell you (but I would bet between 6-7oz.) He eats solid food once or twice a day usually half a jar at a time with a few tsp of oatmeal cereal mixed in. He gets the occasional finger food snack (avacado slices, cooked carrot slice etc...) and usually once a day he gets one of the mum-mum rice crack/cookie things. As long as your little one is getting the practice taking a spoon and eating like "a big kid" and gaining weight at a reasonable rate I don't think you have anything to worry about. Good luck!

Elsie - posted on 07/14/2010

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my baby girl has porrige 4 brekkie with a 5oz bottle jar ov food 4 dinna with 5oz bottle then 4 tea she has half a jar ov food with 5 oz bottle then a 5oz bottle b4 bed

Tori - posted on 07/14/2010

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Hi Jaimie, I have a 6 month old as well (almost 7). She eats cereal for breakfast, 1/2 jar meat mixed with veggies and fruit for lunch and dinner. I make her veggies and fruit and freeze them in ice trays. I give her three cubes of veggies and 2 cubes of fruit per feeding. She gets 4 6oz bottles throughout the day and breasfeeds in the morning. At daycare they give her a bottle and then solids...at home we do solids and then a bottle before bed. I really don't think it matters as long as they are getting 20 to 30 oz of formula/breastmilk a day. I hope this helps!!

Jillian - posted on 07/14/2010

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My daughter is 7 months old. For breakfast, she will eat a few tablespoons of oatmeal with half of a container of Gerber 2nd Foods fruit and 4-6 ounces of formula. At noon, she'll eat 1/2 container of veggies and 1/2 of a 2nd foods meat (turkey or chicken) and 4-6 ounces of formula again. Dinner is fruits, veggies, and meat (all 1/2 containers) and a bottle again. Before bed, she'll have a tablespoon of fruit, some oatmeal, and 4-6 ounces of formula and she is ready for bed! She usually sleeps 10-11 hours!

Anali - posted on 07/13/2010

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At her 6 months appointment Doctor told me to give her 2 jars of baby food. one vegetable and one fruit. I give her one at noon and one at 5pm but now that she is 8 months she wants more so I give her 1 1/2 at noon and 1 1/2 at 5pm. one is a vegetable and half is a fruit. She used to cry after just one so I decided to increase that a little. Now that she is crawling she needs more food.
As far as the bottle she has 6oz 4 times a day

Nichole - posted on 07/12/2010

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My daughter is just now 7 months and after she wakes up she has a 4-6 oz bottle every 3-4 hours. I feed bottle first and then wait an hour or so to give solids. Breakfast: usually cereal or fruit (1/2 of 2nd foods or whole 1st foods) Lunch:same amount of a veggie Dinner: same amount of a meat and veggie. This is what I offer...this is not always what she eats...occasionally she will eat a little more...but mostly she doesnt eat that much. I think she is trying to become a picky eater!

Aimee - posted on 07/12/2010

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My daughter Mikayla will be 7 months old on the 19th. She eats 3 times a day. Breakfast she has cereal, lunch vegetables, dinner is cereal. She also has 4-6 oz bottles in between.

Jennifer - posted on 07/12/2010

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My son will nurse or have a bottle in the morning. Then about 2-3 hours later he takes a bowl of cereal made with about 3 oz formula/breastmilk and 2 1/2 tbsp cereal- and 1/2 Gerber 2nd foods fruits. Then he will have 2 more milk or formula feeding about 3 hours apart. Then in the evening he eats a container of Gerber 2nd food veggies and the other half of the fruit from the morning. And another milk/formula right before bed. He is 7 months now but has been doing this since about 6 months.

Stephanie - posted on 07/11/2010

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my son gets gets 4oz of cereal when he gets up and goes to bed plus a 4oz bottle of formula during the day he eats 8oz of formula and he gets a jar of baby food 3 times a day

Kaitlyn - posted on 07/11/2010

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my son turned 7 months on saturday and he was a real fussy eater with having mashed baby food so now he gets what we eat and he eats like a champion. when he doesnt want anymore he spits it out or doesnt open his mouth anymore believe me this will happen! this is our day:
6am 120ml plus 1 tblspn cereal with fruit
10am 210ml formula
noon half a banana or something
2:30pm 210ml formula
5pm dinner whatever we eat just put in the food processor!!
7pm 210ml formula then bed! works like a charm just try it!!

Tia - posted on 07/11/2010

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my daughter now 7 months eat such a small amount, she'll have about 4oz in the morning then about 3hrs later 1 1/2 to 2 tbsp of cereal and 1/3 of a 2nd fruits jar and maybe 3oz of milk, then another 4oz about 3hrs later, and for lunch a few tbsp of baby yogert and a few tbsp of fruit with about 4-6 oz in between and for dinner maybe 2tbsp of cereal, 2nd food veggies and we'll try for 3-4oz of milk, then bottle before bed. shes yet to drink more than 4oz at one time!

Sasha - posted on 07/11/2010

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My son is 7 months old and he's on solids 3 times a day. He has baby rice for breakfast then either pumpkin, apple or pear for lunch then dinner. I mash him up pumpkin and freeze it as ice cubes and he usually averages 4 icecubes a sitting. If he's eating apple or pear he may want more. He still drinks a lot of milk too. I feed him until he's no longer interested: he opens his mouth expectantly when he's hungry and sitting in his chair with food in front of him..he's almost 10kg so he's a big boy who loves his food (thankfully).

Simone - posted on 07/11/2010

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Hannah has 4 6oz bottles a day, with a rusk or cereal for breakfast and 1/2 a jar of food for dinner gonna try some solid food lunchtime and drop 1 bottle in the next few weeks

Courtney - posted on 07/11/2010

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My pediatrician told us that with solids, you should try for 3 "meals" per day, plus 2 snacks. Here's what we do for my 7 month old
Meal 1- bf and infant oatmeal right when she wakes up (about 8am)
Meal 2- bf about 3 hours later, then about 1/4 cup fruit (around 11)
Snack 1: bf before her nap 3 hours later (2:00)
Meal 3: after her nap, bf and 1/4 cup veggies and/or potatoes. (5:00)
Snack 2: bf before bed (7:30)
What's most important is to follow your babys lead. You'll know when your babys had enough when they seem fussy or uninterested in eating. Getting used to how much your bab eats will take a couple trial runs, but you'll get it, and when you notice your baby still seems hungry after solids, you'll know its time to up the amount!

Also, we had a little trouble with constipation and it turned out to be the rice cereal. Try switching to oatmeal for a bit, see if that helps. Also, in addition to pears, blueberries help move things along too!!!! We have no allergies in our families so we introduced them at 5 1/2 or 6 months, sonewhere around there. I think it's the high fiber.
Anyway, I hope this helps!! Good luck!

Deborah - posted on 07/11/2010

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my son is 6 months and he is going be 7 months tomorrow but he drinks about 9 to 8 oz every 3 hours or 4 hours.he started on solid food at 5 months and he eats the whole thing of cereal or oatmeal and sometimes his whole 4 oz baby food jar.and thats all in one feeding.and he only weighs 17 lbs and 9 ounces.

Belinda - posted on 07/08/2010

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Also she is only eating pears at the moment after we ran into a huge constipation problem and are slowley reintroducing everything again to work out what it was I think it was carrot. I hear pear, apple, avocado and sweetpotatoe are best to start with other than rice cereal

Belinda - posted on 07/08/2010

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My little girl is 7 months next week and has 150-170 mls when she wakes up around 6:30am and the same at 10:30 and 2:30 and then 200mls at 6:30pm before bed lately she has been waking about 9:30pm and having another 100mls. I offer her 3 meals a day sometimes she eats them sometimes she doesnt but theyre always offered if shes going to have breakfast shell only have it after her first morning nap (she can only stay awake for an hour when she first wakes) today that was bout 8ish then lunch at 1pmish and tea 5-5:30ish. They say bottle half and hour to an hour before solids but that doesnt work for her and she still manages both. Dont try to follow the book too much every baby is different try that method to start with but if it doesnt work offer her meals at different times of the day my baby wont eat at any other times shes set that routine herself. Her naps are all over the place too she just sleeps when shes tired. If she wants something to chomp on we do fruit in muslin or rusk

Sian - posted on 07/07/2010

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My daughter brooke is 6months and eats 4 times a day for her breakfast i gave her a bowl of rice and a 6 ounce bottle and for dinner i give her a jar and another 6ounce bottle and the same for her tea and for bed she just has a 8 ounce bottle

Jennifer - posted on 07/07/2010

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My son is 7 months old and he is still only eating a 4oz. bottle at one time, usually every 2-3 hours. He will not eat oatmeal or rice cereal for some reason, but for breakfast he will eat one full container of GERBER 2nd Foods Fruits (Usually bananas) Lunch same thing but veggies, and bedtime i alternate between fruits and veggies. Hope this helps. OH!, he also snacks 3 times a day usually on a GERBER Biter Biscuit or Baby MUM-MUMS.

Jenny - posted on 07/07/2010

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My daughter is 6 months old and eats food three times a day and a 6 oz bottle in between each meal. I give her oatmeal in morning then fruit for lunch and vegetable for dinner. I use the gerber 2nd foods and she eats the whole jar.

Nicole - posted on 07/07/2010

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My daughter is 6 months and we start the day with a 6oz bottle when she wakes up ( usually 7-8am). She eats about every 3 hours, for breakfast she has 2 tsps of oatmeal mixed w/formula and 1/2 container of Gerber Supported Sitter Fruit, and then a 4oz bottle. For lunch I usually give her a whole container of Veggies and a 4oz bottle. Then for dinner we have the other half of the fruit from breakfast and some rice cereal mixed w/formula and a 4oz bottle. After the bath it's a 6oz bottle and she's out for the night. We've been on this routine for about 2 weeks and it seems to be working well. I was only feeling her solids 2 times a day and much more formula. But when I had my 6 month check up my doctor said she should have 3 meals a day and about 24 oz of formula a day so I added the lunch feeding and cut back on that bottle. But you should always check with your doctor to see what she/he recommends for your baby. Good luck!

Felicia - posted on 07/07/2010

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My son who is 6 months eats soilds 3 times a day. For breakfast he has YoBaby yogurt (its suggested for babies 6 months and older), has a stage 2 veggie with rice cereal and before bed has a fruit and oatmeal mix. He still only wants 4oz bottles which he has between meals and at bedtime.

Sara - posted on 07/06/2010

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My boy started eating solids right around 4 mos. He now will BF every 4 hrs (6 oz when getting a bottle of breastmilk). I do make all of his solid food. For breakfast, he eats about 1 oz of oatmeal and 1-2 oz of fruit. He will occasionally get a snack (puffs, yogurt, etc) during the middle of the day if he acts hungry. For dinner he eats 1 oz of rice cereal, 1.5 oz of veggie, 1.5 oz of fruit. I am thinking about adding a third meal and/or meats soon...but probably will wait until he is 7 mo and after our trip later this month. He will nurse right before bed (7:30ish) and sleep for about 11-12 hrs.

Jasmine - posted on 07/06/2010

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My daughter just made 7mos last Sat. I feed her every 4 hours a bottle of 4-5oz of formula, in between then in the morning I give her 4tbsp of cereal mixed w/a 1tbsp of formula or so depending how the consistency is and some flavor like banana gerber food mixed in as well, then midday between her bottles, some rice crackers or pudding or applesauce (fruits) then later in the afternoon some babyfood like veggies eg peas or carrots ect. then she has a feeding in the evening, naps and a last one before she sleeps all night :)

User - posted on 07/06/2010

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My son drinks 6-7oz every 4-41/2 hours. He eats 3 meals a day of 2 tbls of oatmeal and a jar of baby food. He also has some puffs, a wagon wheel or Mum-mum at each meal. My doctor told me to keep feeding until he turns away from the spoon. I try to give the bottle about an hour before feeding, because I think the formula is more important than the food. Good luck!

Kellie - posted on 07/06/2010

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I am no help. My daughter hates the spoon and refuses to eat solids. We have tried cereal, veggies, and fruits. She sputters and gags, I think she is being a pill. She is only developmentally at the 5 month age though being 8 weeks early. Most babies will tell you when they are done. Mine just won't eat alot. She averages 15 ounces a day and is 7 months old.

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My son Mason is 6 month and he eats three times a day. Morning I give him fruit 1/2 and then if he wants more I give him more. Lunch 1/2 fruit and 1/2 veg. Dinner I finish the 1/2 fruit and 1/2 veg. Bottles he normally eats 7oz every 4-5 hrs.

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