Eating and Feeding

Sara - posted on 11/07/2008 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hi, everyone! I'm looking for advice on what my daughter, Mia, is eating. Currently, she is getting a total of 20-24 oz of formula (4 times a day), along with a total of about 10 T of oatmeal or rice and 10 T of baby food (2 times a day). I'm thinking that she needs some more "solids" in her diet, as opposed to this "easy to eat" food. I've started her with eating those Gerber puffs, which she can chew and swallow, but she won't feed herself. I'm worried that I'm not doing this right. Thoughts?

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Jessica - posted on 11/14/2008

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My son eats the same as your daughter in terms of formula but he also gets about 1 to 1-1/2 cups of cereal a day 3-4 Gerber Stage 2 foods and then some table foods - puffs, cheerios, cheese, yogurt, green beans, pancakes, spaghetti, etc... He's a very big eater, but always has been. He was 11 lbs at birth and is 25 lbs now so I think that might have something to do with him eating so much.

Tiffany - posted on 11/09/2008

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my daughter is 10 months old now and she started eating the rice cereal quite a while ago, but all of a sudden about 2 months ago or more she wouldn't eat anything. not even fruit or vegetables or anything. everytime i gave her veggies she would literally gag and almost throw up. so i ended up just giving her formula again for the most part cause that was all she would take. then my health nurse told me about Farley biscuits, they are just like a cookie that they can eat themselves of you can add formula to them and they turn into rice cereal. she loves them now and it is good that she gets her iron from them. she hasnt choked on them at all either which surprised me cause she even choked on those puffs that everyone in talking out.

Celina - posted on 11/09/2008

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My 9 month old baby seems to really like small pieces of bannas rolled in the rice cereal, so that she can pick them up and get them into her mouth. It seems to work great.

Faith - posted on 11/08/2008

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Oh, and a thought on the eating herself thing, don't stress too much about it. My oldest finally started eating herself at 11 months old. That was the first time she picked up anything like a cheerio. They will learn when they are ready.

Faith - posted on 11/08/2008

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Those Baby Mum Mum's are the best invention for babies ever. Both my girls have loved them, as well as those puffs. My daughter is 9 months and just recently started eating table food. I've always made my own baby food as well, so it's easier to adjust the texture and to teach them to chew. But any table food easily blends too, so even if something is too chunky, blend up and your good to go. I've always been told, don't worry how much your baby is getting if they are growing and developing normally. If they are hungry, they'll let you know.

Gail - posted on 11/08/2008

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My son had a tough time with the puffs at first - then my dr. recommended Gerber's wagon wheels - they disolve just like the puffs. They are much easier for him to handle and feed himself!! Also try 1/4 of a graham cracker. Good Luck!!

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We are trying new foods everyday, but our ped. said that she should have at least 20 ounces of formula per day, and should eat five times per day! Some of the foods we have tried so far are cut up bananas (but they have to be almost brown for her to eat them), mixed veggies (carrots, corn, green peas, green beans), potatoes (boiled and cut up to tiny pieces), diced apples and peaches (the ones in the cup; I wash off the syrup), scrambled egg yolks, and of course Cheerios and Gerber Puffs. Everything has taken a couple of tries before she will eat it, but she is starting to get the hang of it!

Meagan - posted on 11/07/2008

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Jill- your profile wouldn't let me respond on your wall, so I'm responding here. Yes, Charlie has teeth- 4 on top and two on bottom. But he's been doing cheerios with only two teeth on bottom for a while. They can do a lot more with their gums than you think! To test a food I stick it in my mouth and swish it around (to get it wet like they do) and then barely move my mouth in a gnawing motion. You'd be surprised what they can accomplish if it tastes good and feels good in their mouths. As far as getting her to feed herself- she'll rake it to her for a while until she figures out her pincer grasp. Then you'll have to watch her cause she'll find anything and everything you've got on the floor!

Amber - posted on 11/07/2008

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My daughter has 6 teeth already, four on the top and two on the bottom. She eats all solid food as long as it is soft. She still eats some baby food, but would rather have table food. Im a nurse and have talked to our doctor and she said its fine as long as she can easily chew her food. The Gerber puffs are great for little ones, since they're so easily absorbed. You could start out with mashed potatoes, pastas, cottage cheese just so she can get use to the different textures and see how she likes them!

Meagan - posted on 11/07/2008

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I have a boy, so he eats a ton compared to these girls you've all mentioned! But I nurse him 4 or 5 times a day (depending on our schedule) and he eats table food- just like the rest of us. Just put the food in front of her and she'll figure it out. Cheerios are also easy to eat, and much cheaper than the puffs. You can bake some apples in the oven- they are easy to chew if you cut them up into smaller pieces. Ripe bananas are easy for them to feed themselves as well. Carrots, green beans, peas, lima beans, and pasta are all good for them at this age. Just make sure you overcook it all so it's nice and mushy. Good luck!

Jill - posted on 11/07/2008

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My 9.5 month old breastfeeds 4 times a day, and does a 1/2 jar fruit, and usually a whole jar of veggies 2 times a day. We have been working on puffs for almost 2 months now and she is just starting to try grasping them herself and putting them near her mouth. They kind of get stuck on the hands so I think that may be part of the problem. She also loves zwieback toast (sp?) and gerber biter biscuits which she will grab and gnaw on herself.

Corry - posted on 11/07/2008

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My little girl eats around the same amount, and she loves those gerber puffs. The way I got her to start feeding herself was by giving her Baby Mum Mum Rice Rusks! They worked like a charm. You can get them at any grocery store or walmart and they come in original, vegetable flavour or organic!

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