Need input on what you are feeding your 8month old.

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I gave birth to a 10lb 5oz baby gorilla 8 months ago and now he's got more teeth (5 or 6) than my daughter had at a year, will eat pretty much anything I give him (not big amounts but will try all we are eating). But I am getting concerned that I may be giving him too many things that may be too rich for him. If I take his sister to McDonald's I will share some of it with him but by NO MEANS are these his meals. They both have great appetites to try new things, they don't eat huge amounts of anything at meals but a consistent amount then milk, My daughter won't eat anything sweet and prefers salty foods (nuts, popcorn, chips etc) and will only ask for seconds on things like avocado, tossed salad or pizza.
But the boy will try anything and really seems to want what we are eating, but in all fairness will eat baby foods as well (which I will add fresh meat or veggies to for more substance or variety).
As you can see I'm all over the place, would just love to hear how children his age are eating. We just had a big move due to a relocation for my husband's work so eating has been less than structured (McDonald's etc) but ALWAYS good hot breakfast with eggs etc , good lunch and snacks and dinner tends to be hit and miss.
Like I said any feedback would be greatly appreciated, new to area, haven't been in to see new docs yet so I thought I'd try this in the meantime.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to any responses.

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Caitlin - posted on 11/03/2010

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My girl is eating pretty much any fruit or vegetable, she is also eating chicken, turkey, pork and beef. Nothing lumpy yet, it still makes her gag. I feed her jars, and also pureed versions of our dinner if it's all food that been properly introduced so far. She loves the foods I cook at home and purée up for her. If I do do the jars, I try to get the organic ones, but if I can't it's no added sugar or salt. She will gnaw on Farelys biscuits and she likes those, she makes a huge mess with them.

Since her older sister has allergies, we've avoided the big potential allergens, no nuts, peanuts, dairy or egg yet. I will wait until I have our pediatricians go ahead on that one before introducing those (peanuts probably never, there's no real need).

I would never feed fast food to my daughter, they can have it much later in their lives (well my younger one might be able to, my older one can't eat out ever - too many allergies).

Laura - posted on 10/26/2010

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I make nearly all of Kylie's food (boiled or baked fruits and veggies, ran through the food processor, frozen in ice cube trays, then stored in freezer safe Ziploc bags), save for the baby cereal, we use Gerber's rice or oatmeal. She breastfeeds 3-4 times a day, for breakfast she has one serving of fruit & 3 Tblsp of cereal, lunch is 2 fruits, 1 veggie, & 3 Tblsp of cereal, dinner is 2 veggies, 1 fruit & 3 Tblsp of cereal. I want to start giving her some eggs and ground up nuts for protein (I too have heard the no egg white, only egg yolk rule).

Kylie does occasionally get "treats" from mom and dad's plate such as a little bit of ice cream on my finger, some pasta, or a little bit of mashed potatoes with cheese. I think a little piece of a McDonald's french fry or whatever here and there won't hurt him, but try your best not to get him too used to artificially sweetened or salted items. It sounds like he has a wonderfully broad pallet. If you can just try to keep his meals well rounded, I'm sure he'll do just fine! :)

Sara - posted on 10/23/2010

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I cannot believe how many of you are giving babies the foods with possibilty of having severe allergic reactions. Seafood, and eggs?? They aren't supposed to have either until at least 2 years of age. My son has egg, walnut and peanut allegies and is 2 years old, if he would have had egg that young he most likely would have died (we wouldn't have had an epi-pen at the time). When he was a baby we found out he was allergic to wheat when he kept breaking out in hives and ezcema, so we had him allergy tested. There are no food allergies on either side of the family so we never expected it at all. But I would be very careful and wouldn't recommend starting any of those or peanuts for a long time.

Kristy - posted on 10/16/2010

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-steam/cooked tender veggies

---eggs - lightly scambled (perferably no yok.. but its ok

-mashed potatoes (a little cheese - it can induce a milk allergy b/c a humans body usually - not all the time- takes about a year to produce the correct micro-organisms to fight the bacteria in cows milk

---Rice Krispies - soggy from breastmilk or formula

-cooked pasta and veggies - really ittie bittie pasta pieces (usually they are the ABC's) cooked and then mixed with baby food veggies or the broth from veggie soup

---pumpkin - steamed and cut in sections when cooled - my son hates it

-gerber puffs and Mum-Mum and earths best teething biscuts

---chicken tender with no seasoning - but just a little

-fruit mashed slightly

---applesauce - no sugar added

-bran flakes - plain w/no sugar and sogged with formula

--- well cooked rice - usually with BB veggies and a tiny bit of jared BB meat .. not too much of course, rice can cause constipation ... and even tho my son likes prunes, I cannot stand the smell of them



These are the table foods I feed... nothing with salt (b/c of health and I know they stop diapers from working it your child has a bit of salt - long long story) He is not strickly on table food - I would say 85-88% of what he eats is BB food the rest table food. Of course his feeding will change in another couple weeks :)



- as for the rich thing... if you think its to rich... then it is

As for McDonalds well - this should amuse some (sorry if it doesn't) - oh and do not eat prior to watching :)

http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2010/08/mc...

Kelly - posted on 10/13/2010

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My son is just over 8 months old, but is no where near eating what your baby is. He refuses to eat 8 month old chunky food, although he loves his cereal really lumpy...Make sure he is getting lots to drink, formula or breastmilk, but if he is eating the food why not...I don't know if McDonalds is a good choice however but to each there own. My son doesn't eat enough I don't think but he is 23lbs so he can't be that hard up..lol. He has 2 TBSP of cereal in the morning with a 6oz bottle, another 4 oz formula at naptime, then around 2ish another 6oz of formula, then at 5 he has meat/veg and another 6 oz formula and then before bed another 2tbsp of cereal and a 6oz bottle and thats it, He goes to bed at 10ish and sleeps till the next morning between 9 and 10. He has a sippy cup in between and if I have something like Potato, carrots, chicken or bread for dinner I try and give it to him whether he eats it is up to him. Don't know if this was helpful at all.

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Ashley - posted on 11/13/2010

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My little one will eat anything u put in frount of her. she has 3 240mls bottles a day depeding on the day she may have another half bottle, she will eather have cereal with fruit or vegemite toast for breky, lunch she will have a sandwhich or yohget and maybe some wheatpuffs to snack on, i normaly feed veggys for dinner, and mix in supergrains with it, some might she will have some spinch and riccota ravaolie and steamed veggies....she loves cheese sticks apple and pear tomato with out the seads she loves to try what we are eating as well, if its not spicy i will let her try it, she loves chicken and sausges ( i get good ones that arent full of crap) but i limit the amount of meat she has cuz im not sure how good there digestion at this age,

Catherine - posted on 11/12/2010

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My daughter is the same she eats lots of different things however i have given her tiny little pieces of a mc double about 3 little bites. she will also eat bananas in little chunks,cheese pieces of all meats tortillas with cheese on it, Ive given her lots of different things she will eat stage three baby food but i have to put alittle veggie then fruit for her to eat it. she doesnt like veggies. shes 8 mos and weighs 27 lbs

Andreina - posted on 11/02/2010

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i dont put down those who make food, or buy jars, i dont put down those who use organic and those who dont.. but an 8 month old eating mcds is crazy. again my opinion.

Laura - posted on 11/02/2010

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I understand your willingness to want to share your opinion but your choices aren't everyone elses. I dont think there's a need for organic but that doesnt stop me from making my baby's food with plain food that has been used for hundreds of years. I don't ever give my kids store bought jar baby food but would never critize a parent who does. I think there's opinion & putting down & I believe you were on the line. Just as maybe I'm on the line sending this, but as you said opinions. God bless your children & the choices you have made for them.

Andreina - posted on 11/01/2010

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The same way everyone writes their opinion, I had to share mine. I dont mean to make anyone feel bad, however its shocking to me to hear that an 8 month old baby is eating mcdonalds or any other fast food. I try sooo hard to be so careful with what my baby eats that its shocking to me. my 3 yr old eats everything, and i dont restrict her from anything that we eat! however my 8 month old... I am very very careful with her food, and in my mind wouldve never thought a parent would be ok with feeding that to their child.. much less a ped being ok with an 8/9 month old eating that... maybe ur ped thought it was for you and ur other child.. and not the baby. even if its not of habit... its really bad stuff for them. you should rethink your choices... or maybe look up what their stuff is made of and then see if u are ok with giving that to a baby.
like i said sorry if i am harsh... but i am stating my opinion of what i think of this.. the same way everyone else has done.

Laura - posted on 11/01/2010

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I make my daughters food for her, although now she eats whatever we have for dinner with very few exceptions. She'll be 9months in 2 weeks. Occasionally I'll give some chicken nuggets from mcdonalds (with the breading cut scrapped off) to go along with her fruits & veggies I bring with me. SHe eats a ton. I freeze fresh stuff & she'll down 3-4 ice cubes at a time. Just tonight she ate wagon wheel pasta with meat sauce all homemade.
Sometimes you do what you have to do.It may not always be your 1st choice but you have to do it. Andreina- shame on you for making Laurie feel bad about the choices she's made. I have walked into my peds office with a bag of McDonalds for my 2 kids & myself & he asked where was his. He knows we don't make it a habit, but can be an ok alternative in a jam.
My daughter is as healthy as can be. She nursing 3-4 times a day eats 3 really good meals a day & 2 snacks. We have no food allergies in our family so went right for a whole egg, white included & will start whole milk at 9 months bc pumping is starting to become an issue.
Good luck Laurie! and continue to love you baby the best way you can.

Andreina - posted on 11/01/2010

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Maybe the "nuts" comment was harsh... but i look at mcdonalds and just shriek as to why u would give a baby that food. i am sorry for the nuts comment, but i would think i would be nuts to even think of doing that. as per books and my pediatrician she doesnt need meats til around 9 months, i did the same with my 3 yr old, I make most of my childs foods.. and buy as much "organic" as i can...
I will be introducing meats in about 2 weeks. I try each vegetable and each fruit for a week to make sure there are no allergies before trying something and we have gone through most of the fruits and vegs that are allowed at this time.
Christina- you are right u arent supposed to put a large amount of cereal for chocking hazards.. the amount i place is less that a small spoon full and i make sure it is very well shaken into it and nothing lumpy in her bottle, i also use the right size nipple to prevent choking. the schedule given has 12 oz of milk.. those are her meals, i also breastfeed around the clock so most of her "snacks" are milk.. she is def. getting more than just the 12oz of her schedule.

- I also understand that before parents used to give whatever to kids.. i also know that the obesity stats in this country have gone up immensily, i also know that peds are trying to lock down what kids eat to prevent anxiety eaters, and such to have a healthier generation. I hope this lady goes to her doctor and is as honest with them as she is with us, and really sees her drs reaction when she mentions mcdonalds in the kids diet.

Christina - posted on 10/31/2010

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Geesh! i was just reading and some people were rude I really hope that I didn't come off to be! You deff. aren't nuts! Every dr is differant and mine says that my daughter should get most of her nutrients from breastmilk or formula and she should be getting 24-32 oz everyday at 8 months. granted I sure some dr say differant things but the crazy lady up there that called you nuts is only giving her baby 12oz a day! Not to mention all the dr. in our ped. office say do not put rice ceral in the bottle because of choking hazard. Which I know most people have but....she's not perfect! You're doing great! You have already raised an older child and they seem to be doing great! You're the mommy and only you know your situation and what is best for you children at that time!

Christina - posted on 10/31/2010

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My daughter is almost 9months and only weighs 17lbs (almost8 and birth) and she eats a lot! She is on both breastmilk and formula. She has 4-5 6oz bottles a day and 2jars of fruits in the am and a jar of meat/veggie plus another veggie for dinner. she also gets lots of snacks or will occasionally sub. with solids throughout the day but I always make sure she gets lots of milk and her fruits and veggies. sometimes I give her things like eggs which my dr. said that you are suppose to give them the yolk because it is where all the nutrients are that they need. gerber puffs, mum mum biscuts (which mind you are awsome because they are practually mess free!), gerber teething biscuts, gerber fruit bars or little entrees, steamed veggies chopped fruit, etc. I personally try to stay with plain things like dry cereal but (i may be silly but honestly never thought to mike it with breatmilk or formula), plain noodles with beech nut baby food mixed in with it, or things targeted to babies. Her dr. said try to stay away from seasoning and anything high in sodium. Which one of the only things I crave is salt! so I especially try to stear from that I worry about starting bad habits at such a young age, because I wonder what it would be like later. Our mom wouldn't really let us have much with great amounts of sodium and look at me now. I'm sure every dr. is differant but hers sad at her 6month check up that she is not allowed to have water because of again the sodium levels in it they can become hypernatremia which can lead to seizures and death. I found a website that tells you about it

http://www.faqs.org/health/topics/4/Sodi...

Our ped. is very firm on that whole thing. But that being said I do on occasion give her small amounts of distilled water 4-6oz a day. But since they are so small of cousre it wouldn't take near as much to become hypernatremia. She reccomended that she can have a couple oz of 100% juice made for babies (but that somtimes tends to give her diaper rash). So, I also give her pedialyte (small amounts). Which she got double pneumonia and the dr. said give her whatever she'd drink even though she didn't have tummy troubles. So I gave her lots of milk but topped it off with PL just make she stayed hydrated with such a high temp. Maybe 2 times a week a few oz. Just an idea.

Sarah - posted on 10/31/2010

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My son started solids at around seven months. Although Im trying to keep breastmilk as his main nutritional source, he's tried tons of foods. No baby foods. I think they're prob fine, I just don't like them! I usually buy him organic stuff- my husband says gabe eats better than we do. ;) As far as ideas here's what we've fed him. He usually eats about two or three small amounts of solids a day, with a small amount of plain water. And if he doesn't nurse right before, he'll want to right after.
Avocado, sweet potatoes, bananas, butternut squash, acorn squash, pumpkin, baked apples, purred blueberries, chicken, turkey, beef (I buy the freshest I can find then grill it on the George foreman a tiny bit at a time), tomatoes, green beans, peas, homemade oatmeal, plums, kiwi, peas (he absolutely loves peas- we'll put a handful in a ziploc bag, microwave it, and bring them when we eat out and we let him feed himself the peas while we eat. He loves it.). Corn, brocolli. When he turned eight months we added shredded and string cheese and whole milk organic yogurt and we add fruit purée or some cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice to it. He will eat ANYTHING except some fruits if they're cold. Sometimes I wonder if I'm giving him enough or too much. :). I'm really just trying to let him lead.

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Hello! Wow can I relate! My 8 month old was born a healthy 11 lbs 2 oz...and has 8 teeth. He is also quite an eater, and formula drinker! He watches us (mom, dad and big brother) eat with much interest, and sometimes mirrors our chewing. We haven't yet moved onto traditional table food. He only eats stage 2 and 3 baby food and still really enjoys his bottles. We have many food allergies (big brothers are severe) in the family, so we have no plans on moving to table food until he refuses baby food. He still takes at least 24 oz of formula a day, also. He still eats like a baby!

Tracy - posted on 10/26/2010

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Andreina - Where's the meat in your daughters diet? My pediatrician said to feed my daughter whatever we are eating. NO baby food. It lacks fiber. My son who is almost 3yrs has been eating all foods since he was 8 months.

Carol - posted on 10/26/2010

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Hi my 8.5 month old girl eats vita brits with stewed apples for breakfast followed by vegemite toast. She has vegies with pasta for lunch followed by some fruit; usually small pieces of watermelon or rockmelon. For an afternoon snack I give her some fingerfood like bread with avacado and fruit, or steamed vegies that she can hold and eat. For dinner she has vegies and chicken or some sort of meat. She is a great eater and I still breastfeed her as well. She won't eat bought baby food from the supermarket shelf so I have to cook everything she eats! She eats all her meals with us as a family and it gets VERY messy!!! There are so many things to feed bub ... I google it from time to time to get more ideas!

Jackie - posted on 10/26/2010

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My 8 month old DeAndra has NO teeth but has been teething since she hit 4 months.. She eats on average 2 gerber 2nd stage plastic containers a day (mixed with 2 scoops of cereal and 1 oz of formula) .. and she'll have about 3 formula feedings of 4oz each.

She also snacks on the gerber finger foods, I break up the little stars into 5 pieces, just so she can't choke on it.. and we occasionally feed her the gerber yogurt ... she weighs 17 lbs and is very healthy!

Pam - posted on 10/26/2010

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Andreina, I think it's great what you're feeding your child, however that is your choice. I don't agree with feeding a child mcdonalds either, but I think it's the choice of the parent as an individual to feed their child whatever they like and they shouldn't be called 'nuts' for giving the child something like that every once in awhile. She didn't say she feeds the child mcdonalds breakfast, lunch and supper.

I look at what some of the dr.'s say what and what not to feed your child and each dr. has a COMPLETELY different opinion. When I was young, my mom fed me pretty much whatever. Of course you keep it healthy, but it's not going to kill the child to have a treat every once in awhile. I feed my daughter baby mum mums and those have a little bit of added salt and sugar and I honestly don't have any concern whatsoever. She's completely healthy and it's not going to ruin her. I was talking to a dr. about my child's diet and when she was first born they said no eggs, no peanut butter, no honey until after a year, etc. Now apparently that is all beginning to change as well. Now that same dr. is saying the only thing that you shouldn't be giving your child before a year is honey.

I think a child should have a schedule and it's great that you have one, but you still have to let a kid be a kid. That might work for your child, but I know that with my child that just wouldn't work and that doesn't make it right or wrong it just means that i choose to do things differently than you're doing with your child. Just because your dr. says to have a specific schedule/food for your child doesn't make that dr. right. They are dr.'s but they don't know everything. I wouldn't base the child's whole life on what your dr. says is the right way to do things.

I don't mean any disrespect to you all, and I think it's great what you have going on with your child, but I've been told some pretty bad things by dr.'s that I didn't agree with at all. You need to follow things for yourself and do what works for your child. I just think people need to respect other people as parent's and not judge them so much.

Andreina - posted on 10/26/2010

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i think its nuts u are willing to give an 8 month old some of the food u are giving him. i freak out at the thought of anything with salt/added sugar or things not oked by my pediatrician to give to my daughter, she is also 8 months and i also have a 3 year old daughter. my 3 year old doesnt have a clue what mcdonalds is.. she eats everything i make for her and she is already eating all types of food i would never ever take her to mcdonals with all the grease, sodium, sugar, hormones, and processed crap they serve... dont get me wrong i am not an organic freak.. but how can u not care what goes in ur childs mouth.
my 8 month old eating schedule is:

7 amcereal in the morning (sometimes the banana oatmeal or the rice and apple cereal by gerber) along with 2 ounces of fruit.
11:30-12:00pm - 4 ounces of vegetables and 4 ounces of fruit.
she naps.
a bottle around 2:30pm -3:00pm (6oz.)
at 5pm dinner another 4oz of veg and 4 oz of fruit
at 8pm 6oz bottle with some cereal in it and
and shes off to sleep.

this is not a schedule set up by me.. it was set up by my pediatrician. with hours, amounts, and also the types of fruits and vegs she is allowed to have. you should go to ur babies dr. and tell them what u are feeding ur child.

Tracy - posted on 10/25/2010

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Kelly - How do you get your little one to sleep thru the night? My little one is still getting up every couple hours.

Tracy - posted on 10/25/2010

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My little girl eats whatever we happen to be eating as well as breastmilk. She doesn't eat much at each feeding but she does eat. She's trying to feed herself which is hit and miss but she's trying.

Lori - posted on 10/25/2010

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I also gave birth to a little gorilla 8 months ago... my "little" man was 10 lbs, 10 oz at birth, and has always been a good eater. He is healthy and happy now with no teeth yet, and he has approx 4-6oz of formula when he gets up, in mid afternoon, and at bedtime. He also gets cereal 2-3x per day with gerber stage 2 fruits, veggies, meats mixed in... essentially those are his breakfast, lunch, and supper. Typically he has just fruit in the am, veggies at lunch with fruit after, and a meat/veggie at supper with fruit or baby yogurt after. We have tried Gerber puffs, and the yogurt bites, but he just doesn't have the chewing thing down yet and can't just swallow them without gagging, so we will just keep trying them a little here and there. My in-laws love letting him taste adult foods, so he gets to try a lot of flavors. He LOVES sucking on whole strawberries, watermelon, and other fruits, and will just gum at whatever he can get his hands on that is big enough to hold and suck on at the same time. I too am surprised about all the babies already eating regular table foods...i'm not saying its wrong, I also believed there are several things he should not eat until certain ages, and that until he has teeth he probably shouldn't even try.

Pam - posted on 10/25/2010

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My daughter is 8 1/2 months old and she eats cereal and also pureed baby food. I tried making my own and making it with more texture but she would just gag and then refuse to eat. I ended up skipping the texture stage and went straight to giving her soft chunks of food. Pretty much whatever i'm eating. I'll give her about 2 tablespoons of cereal and then I'll give her anything from fruit, to pieces of meat, veggies, cheerios, etc.

Georgia - posted on 10/23/2010

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My daughter is 8 1/2 months old. Right now she is drinking 3-4 8oz. bottles a day and eating 3 jars of stage 3 gerber foods. Not many table foods other than her gerber puffs. We are trying to introduce more into her diet now, sometimes giving her toast for breakfast or potatoes for dinner. A little more difficult for me because she is lactose sensitive. Sometimes we will cut up fruit bits for her. I would say she is right where she needs to be with her eating habits.

Connie - posted on 10/23/2010

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also....... i he is willing to eat it, I would giv it to him, but watch for those foods on the no-no list for causing allergies in babies.

Connie - posted on 10/23/2010

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My twins are 8 1/2 months old and they love it when we go out to eat because we get biscuits and share with them and sneak them sweet tea. I see nothig wrong with sharing McD's - you obviously have a handle on beig careful of size and texture of his bites,. McD's is a treat and nothing wrong with treating them once in a while!

Tiffany - posted on 10/23/2010

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i agree i wouldnt give maccas but yeah i give my daughter like soft chuckny potato and stuff like that off my plate and them arrot bikkies ..... but yeah mabe talk to a doc they will have better info for u :)

Karen - posted on 10/22/2010

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My son eats three solid meals a day...we make veggies or fruits but they are still pureed. He's still toothless! We steam all veggies....carrots, peas, greanbeans, squach, eggplant, peach, apple. Rehydrated prunes, mashed bananas, mangos, avocado. We haven't introduced meat yet. We just started with come cottage cheese today (he wasn't a fan...yet!) He nurses 5 or 6 times and drinks water or watered down juice inbetween.

Ashley - posted on 10/22/2010

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My daughter won't eat any table food or the chunky stage 3 baby foods. I keep trying and she just gags or makes this face and spits it out every time.. But as of right now she gets
7:15 wake up 5 oz bottle of breastmilk
8:30 stage 2 jar fruit
11:00 5 oz
12:30 stage 2 jar veggie
2:00 6 oz
5:00 6 oz
6:30 2 stage 2 jars fruit & veggie
8:00 5-6oz bottle before bed
So I keep trying to get her on more stuff but apparently she just isn't ready.. But she's happy and healthy so I do what I can and keep trying...

Krista - posted on 10/22/2010

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My 8 month old eats whatever we give him. He has hat hamburger, spaghetti, rice, chicken, etc.....and only has ONE tooth. We make it real small, and he loves it. He will eat baby food too, but he is MUCH more interested in eating what we are. Loves puffs, cheerios, etc....Count your blessings that your baby is so easy and a good eater!

Diana - posted on 10/22/2010

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My almost 8 month old has baby cereal 3-4 tbsp and feeds himself a whole banana for breakfast. We do meat (or alternatives) and a fruit and a veg for lunch (75g each, pureed) and then steamed veg, bits of cheese, and a pureed meat for dinner. Snacks can be bits of ripe fruit, cheerios, gerber puffs, arrowroot. mum-mums... We also BF 5-6 times a day. He's about 22lbs now, but started out at 10!

Vanessa - posted on 10/22/2010

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Hi My 8 month old daughter Grace eats about everything, She has lots of finger foods ( carrots, toast, biscuits, potatoes etc...) she has curry, beans on toast, roast dinner etc... everything that we eat. We stay away from nuts, honey etc.. But she has cows milk in her cerial and a drink sometimes too. Dont be afraid to try knew foods with ur baby, try adding abit of spice or herbs they will love it. x

Kayla - posted on 10/21/2010

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My daughter is just over 8 months old and she eats pretty average from what I've been told by the doctor. She typically eats a 4oz bottle and a 1/4 to a 1/2 jar of baby food every 4 hours. Some babies do have larger appetites. My daughter's cousin has grown huge, she looks like she's almost 2, and she eats a lot more, always has. She's not fat or anything, she's really long, she's just bigger overall.

Kelly - posted on 10/21/2010

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Be brave with what you feed your little ones is the best advice I can give! Keep it healthy but get them to try a great variety to lessen the risk of a picky eater. My little man is 8 months now and started eating baby food at 4 months. Almost immediately he was very interested in what we were eating so we gradually started letting him try stuff. He still gets ample amounts of breastmilk. So far there isn't anything he won't eat, and let me tell you, we have tried A LOT! He loves salsa (homemade) mixed with a little sour cream, pesto (homemade), fish, chicken, beef, pork, I have yet to encounter a fruit or vegetable that he won't eat, we occasionally do diluted fruit juice (only 100% juice), and he also even really likes just plain water. Anything that we eat he wants so we let him try! Have fun with feeding. One of the things I keep in mind is the flavors I like. Also know that other babies around the world eat things like curries all the time!

Avyarima - posted on 10/21/2010

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Waw! i read everything you guys wrote. WELL DONE MOMS!
For my Alec, I don't really have any food schedule for him. Not because i don't want to, but because he always goes with what ever he wants no matter how i try to enforce my rules.
I mean, he changes his time of eating...no matter how i try. even the food he may like it today and will not even open his mouth for that same food tomorrow or next, but after 2 days he will happily eat it up. i try to put him on the Gerber food schedule but it does not work. i would like to make him home made as often as possible, but after all my work he may not even look at the food and will close up his mouth....lol
So now what i do is just trying small amount if he like it. then i make the whole thing quickly.
I need to STOP this but its hard since he is a small baby and doesn't really like to eat. if i force him he throws help. i think i need HELP too. Oh may i add he will not take formula either, but i mix his cereal with it.

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we are also slowly getting into liking food, but still definantly prefers his milk! my doc recommended that i start on simple finger foods, as our lil man is constantly trying to feed himself, so he mungs on a peice ot toast with vegemite or cheese after his morning milk, then he wont have any more solids until dinner time, when he will eat between 60-120g of baby food mind you most of it ends up everywhere else except for in his mouth! lol, or we give him a few spoon fulls of boiled rice with a few peas and small peices of carrot...like a baby fried rice sort of, he loves it! trying to pick the little peices of everything helps keep him occupied while we eat, and he does manage to get alot of it in his mouth, he seems much happier being aloud to ''feed himself" rather than us fedding him, which is fine, he weights have always been great, so im not worried about him not eating enough, dont feel bad or anything like that about the macdonalds thing, you can only do what you can do when you have the hassels and strains of moving and resettling everyone, keep up the great work with your hungry lil man!!! :)

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Loghyn is mostly breastfed but as far as table foods that she eats its avocado's, plain baked potato's, sweet potato's, butternut and acorn squash, carrots. I don't do infant cereal/oatmeal or baby foods. She only eats solids maybe once a day though. good luck!

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we do baby led weaning with my son, and so he only eats what we eat -- no baby food/purees/infant cereal at all.

today for breakfast he had multigrain cheerios and kix. for lunch he had some cucumber and a cheese quesadilla. dinner was steamed carrots and PB&J. he had frozen blueberries as a snack, and nursed 4 or 5 times.

if you aren't able to get your steamer out of the boxes yet, and your friend has a microwave, you can use that. simply cut veggies to their desired size, place in a microwavable bowl with a small amount of water, cover, and nuke for five minutes. quick and easy.

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Great list Kristy, thank you.
Yeah I know about the McDonald's thing and I am almost sorry I put it in there but I wanted to be honest on what he is eating. (very seldom)
For example this morning he had his baby oatmeal made with formula and some baby fruit then he ate some of the breakfast burritos that I make for myself and my daughter (which is refried beans, eggs, tortilla, small amount of cheese somedays and maybe some sour cream and always avocado- my daughter loves it!) Now granted he didn't eat a lot but he definetly was still hungry and not liking the oatmeal/fruit thing so much.
Both of my kids are like me in liking hot food for breakfast and not doing cereal much at all. Also i heard the opposite about the eggs and they said no whites but yoke ok till first year.??
I am concerned about the salt and your mention about diapers?? I don't add salt to hardly anything that I eat much less the kids but I am worried about the amount already included in some things.
I think I mentioned that we are in the middle of a relocation and staying with friends until our new place ready so I am not on my usual setting or schedule.
I don't think that if this continues for a couple more weeks (of just different/not bad or fattening) it will do great harm. He does a good amount of formula, he also is drinking more and more water which I am glad he likes and doesn't really turn his nose up to any meat or veggie. But he may be ending up like his sister and not being a big sweet liker as fruit is hit and miss somedays.
Well, again I thank you for your input and I am going to get the steamer back out of the boxes and get back on the veggies more often.

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Kelly,

Yes as I said "any" suggestions would be appreciated. With all the moving and changes (hotels during travel etc) that's mostly where the McDonald's came in. It is usually a once a month thing for my daughter when she really is having trouble with her stools so I get desperate for some substance beside the milk (which is ALL she'll do when she can't poop). A bad circle when that happens because the milk makes the poop worse and so on...
Anyway... I thank you for your input. Congrats on your little man and I am sure we'll all get the hang of this real soon. The hard part is over in my book. I'd way rather deal with a picky toddler than the every few hour feedings.
Thanks again and have a great day.

Laurie

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