Confused about snack time and self-feeding...HELP!

Frances - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Ok, so my LO (Little One) is 9 months old now and my pediatrician told me I could start offering her the veggie puffs (Gerber Graduates or similar). Needless to say my LO does NOT like them. She spits them out and makes a face (funny face to me, but you can tell she dislikes them).



But, I think that I've been offering it to her too soon after a full feeding, so that may be the reason why she's uninterested in them. But I just DON'T KNOW when I should offer them! I have a very good feeding schedule with her and she doesn't seem to be hungry until her next feeding time rounds on.



So, how did you veteran mommies out there (or ones that are in my same dilemma) did the snack thing? I really do not want to over-feed her so I'm really clueless as to when, how and how much snacks should be at this point.



THANKS IN ADVANCE!

Frances

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Sarah - posted on 05/18/2009

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we dont really do much on the snack thing, he eats 4 times a day thou..

8ish- wakes up and bottle

830ish- breakfast

Noonish-lunch

1230-bottle and nap just after

4-5(between) bottle

530-supper

915 cereal before bed

930 bottle

for finger foods he loves toast, heinz baby cereal bars, cheese, chicken, cookies... but i cant get him to eat fruit ov vegetables yet! is that like trial and error??? he actually loves sweet potato fries thou!!

Christianne - posted on 05/12/2009

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Good snack idea: 7 grain bread with avocado on top. Caio loves it. And he also loves his yogurt. :)

Michelle - posted on 05/08/2009

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Our little girl is 10 months and her feeding schedule varies from day to day but goes something like this:
6-7am she has a 6 oz bottle and something like cheerios and some bites of bananas
11-12 she eats what I'm having or a gerber graduates meal with a 6 oz bottle
2-3 she snacks on crackers, cookies, yogurt, fruit, cheese (stuff like that) and 4oz juice
6-7 pm she eats the same thing as lunch and a 8 oz bottle.

When I started our little one on finger foods she really didn't like them either. I think it's a texture thing. But she came around. Our pedi said as long as she is drinking enough not to worry if she doesn't want to eat finger foods.Hope that helps.

Christianne - posted on 05/06/2009

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Lainie Rusco

I don't know. I should've asked. :(

(my "reply with quote" is not working...)

Ldoo - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Christianne:

My 9 1/2 mo old has been eating the "puffs" for almost 2 months now and he loves it. He also eat any baby "junk" that I give him (all the Gerber graduate stuff). The puffs were the first "finger food" that he tried. The are really easy because they melt fast in the mouth. The yogurt melts are a good option too, he likes those.
Other than that, he eats small pieces of cheese or bread on his own. Also baby yogurt (whole milk), and gold fish. Self-feed veggies and fruits? No way. Not really interested. :^(
So my routine is:
6am: 6-8 oz bottle when he wakes up - although the doctor recommended that I don't give him the bottle when he wakes up.
8:30: 3-4oz baby cereal
10am: yogurt and baby cookies/puffs
12:30: Lunch and fruit
3:30: 8oz bottle
5:30: more snacks (gold fish or cheese)
6:30: Dinner and fruit
8:30: 8oz bottle

Is it a lot???


Why did your doc say no bottle in the morning?

Ldoo - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Christianne:

My 9 1/2 mo old has been eating the "puffs" for almost 2 months now and he loves it. He also eat any baby "junk" that I give him (all the Gerber graduate stuff). The puffs were the first "finger food" that he tried. The are really easy because they melt fast in the mouth. The yogurt melts are a good option too, he likes those.
Other than that, he eats small pieces of cheese or bread on his own. Also baby yogurt (whole milk), and gold fish. Self-feed veggies and fruits? No way. Not really interested. :^(
So my routine is:
6am: 6-8 oz bottle when he wakes up - although the doctor recommended that I don't give him the bottle when he wakes up.
8:30: 3-4oz baby cereal
10am: yogurt and baby cookies/puffs
12:30: Lunch and fruit
3:30: 8oz bottle
5:30: more snacks (gold fish or cheese)
6:30: Dinner and fruit
8:30: 8oz bottle

Is it a lot???


Why did your doc say no bottle in the morning?

Mary - posted on 05/06/2009

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well this is our routine in our house :-)

8am - cereal and a 6oz bottle

12pm - he eats some of what ever we are having and has a 6oz bottle

3pm - He has a 4oz bottle of water, juice, or whole milk and a handfull of gerber puffs (banna or strawberry&apple) or a baby cookie or some yougert, or those gerber yougert drops, or cheerios, or a few peices of cheese.

5pm - he has what we are having for supper and a 6oz bottle

8pm - he has cereal and a 6oz bottle.



for his snack time There are so many different things I give him, lol but what I listed are what he gets most often. If I don't want him to have what we are having for dinner or supper I give him 4 tablespoons of baby food (like chicken and veggies, or spaghetti and beef dinner) and 4 tablespoons of a desert (like blueberry or strawberry)Hope this helps! I know all babies are different and this is just what works for us and might not work for others!

Bethany - posted on 05/06/2009

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My son loves all that stuff but I tend to stick to cheerios because at least those have some nutritional value! :) I usually try to offer whatever meal I had planned first and then a few cheerios or puffs when it is gone...but sometimes he won't eat the baby food and his whole meal will be cheerios!!! The puffs I tend to use like a dessert or treat- offering a few at the end of a meal or to distract him if we are out somewhere and he is restless. I will also use cheerios or MumMum rice crackers as a snack to tide him over if he's hungry but can't eat just yet...but we don't have a "snack time" as part of our routine- somedays he has one...some days he doesn't.

You could try offering them throughout the feeding- a couple at the beginning and one after every few bites of baby food? Try putting one on the end of the spoon with just a tiny bit of the food? But if she doesn't like them I wouldn't stress...I think they are good to teach finger grasps and eye-hand coordination but there are certainly lots of other things that will work just as well (as others have suggested).

Best wishes ~>

Christianne - posted on 05/05/2009

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My 9 1/2 mo old has been eating the "puffs" for almost 2 months now and he loves it. He also eat any baby "junk" that I give him (all the Gerber graduate stuff). The puffs were the first "finger food" that he tried. The are really easy because they melt fast in the mouth. The yogurt melts are a good option too, he likes those.

Other than that, he eats small pieces of cheese or bread on his own. Also baby yogurt (whole milk), and gold fish. Self-feed veggies and fruits? No way. Not really interested. :^(

So my routine is:

6am: 6-8 oz bottle when he wakes up - although the doctor recommended that I don't give him the bottle when he wakes up.

8:30: 3-4oz baby cereal

10am: yogurt and baby cookies/puffs

12:30: Lunch and fruit

3:30: 8oz bottle

5:30: more snacks (gold fish or cheese)

6:30: Dinner and fruit

8:30: 8oz bottle



Is it a lot???

Jessie - posted on 05/05/2009

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My 9 month old loves cheerios he wasn't very fond of the puffs. I have also given him things like strawberries cut up small and also the gerber yogurt drops which he loves! he doesn't have any teeth yet but refuses to let me feed him so he eats just about anything i can cut up for him as long as it is small. He really likes cut up chicken and a little bit of cheese grated. It is also great for his fine motor skill picking up the small pieces with his finger and thumb! good luck!

Ldoo - posted on 05/04/2009

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So did the doctor just say it's OK for her to eat them? I started my daughter on them at 6 months, along with Cheerios and other basic foods.

I wonder if your daughter doesn't like them because she hasn't been exposed to them before.

Either way, I wouldn't worry about it. Puff really don't have much nutrition in them. They're more for the experience of hand feeding and chewing. If she doesn't like them, try something else.

Jessica - posted on 05/04/2009

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My son just turned 10 mths yesterday. He loves snacks! I give him 4 oz of juice mixed with Gerber Oatmeal in the morning, then a handful of puffs (loves banana flavor) after. Lunch is a 10 oz bottle of formula about 3-4 hours later. Then a few Gerber cookies about an hour later. Dinner is Stage 3 baby food around 6pm. Then he gets another bottle just before bed. He loves his snacks and still eats well. I would try giving her different flavors of the puffs, also try the apple wagon wheels. I know they say they're for toddlers...but my son eats them all the time and LOVES them!! Hope this helps!

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