How many times a day & how much does your 9 month old eat?

Christine - posted on 04/13/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old is eating baby/ finger foods at every meal, along with an 8oz bottle 4 times a day. Sometimes she finishes the bottle and sometimes she doesn't (especially the one around 3pm, she seems to be eating less and less of that one). Usually, it is breakfast, then Veggies around 10am, then Fruits around 3pm, then dinner that night, all meals follow with a bottle.
I was reading a few websites and blogs and saw that other babies were only having 3 meals a day of baby food. I was wondering if I should try to consolidate the Veggies at 10am with the Fruits at 3pm into 1 meal in the middle or so, with a bottle then. Since she really isn't eating much of her bottle at 3pm anyway. She is eating more and more baby/ finger foods now too.

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Bridget - posted on 04/13/2009

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3 meals a day here (7am, lunch, 5.30pm), plus unlimited milk, plus as much finger food she wants out of the family dinner. I think you just have to follow your child's lead as to much and how often she wants to eat. Some days my girl has an extra meal, others she'll only have a few spoons at breakfast. If you bottle feed, try to limit her milk intake to 440 -600ml over 3 bottles.

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Julie - posted on 04/22/2009

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My daughter eats breakfast at 6 am which consists of veggie, cereal, and fruit followed by 4 oz formula. Then at 9 am she gets 8 oz formula. Then lunch at 12 which consists of meat and veggie and then 4 oz formula. Snack at 3 of 6 oz formula. Then dinenr at 6 pm which is cereal, veggie, meat, and fruit, plus 4 oz formula. She always eats more for dinner

Devon - posted on 04/22/2009

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My child starts around 8am nursing, then 8:30 or 9 I give her a jar of fruit, sometimes mixed with cereal, and sometimes cheerios she eats with her fingers. She loves to eat with her fingers so for the past few weeks I've been cutting up tiny pieces of soft fruits or veggies for her to eat at meals. Now she sometimes gets frustrated when I spoon feed her because she loves to eat by herself so much.

I pretty much alternate between nursing and giving her solids. She eats solids pretty much 3x a day. I've also used that little hand grinder/food mill lately for grinding up stuff we're eating, that is if it doesn't have too much salt/spices for her.

User - posted on 04/22/2009

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Unfortunately or fortunately, I have no idea how much my kiddo eats. I nurse him at 6am, he has yogurt at 8am, I nurse again around 10.30-11am, he gets meat, starch and viggie around 1pm, I nurse again ~4pm, he gets a fruit around 6pm, oatmeal and nursing at bedtime, between 8 and 9pm.
Since I've never given him store bought food or formula, I really don't know what quantities he is getting of anything. Well, except yogurt and oatmeal. He just stops eating when he is full. He is not overweight and he looks healthy. We are going for 9mo check-up next week and I'll find out if his weight is appropriate for his age.
I've always been a firm believer in following their lead. I've always nursed on demand and let him do it as long as he wanted to.
Take a look at this website. They have suggested amounts.
http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/babymen...

Rachel - posted on 04/21/2009

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My daughter has 4 bottles a day,anywhere from 4-8 oz. She also have 2 jars, or about that in finger food, for breakfast lunch and dinner. Plus she does have snacks during the day. It is getting harder and harder to get her to drink her whole bottle. I think she is going to drop down to only 3 bottles a day soon.

Lauren - posted on 04/21/2009

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It's better and healthier if you eat all day long just small amounts as same goes for babies. It makes it easier to process and digest the food, but like Bridget Hurley said, "follow your child's lead..."

Stacey - posted on 04/21/2009

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right now my son has a breakfast 8am - 3tbps of baby oatmeal mixed with 1 container of baby fruit and a 4oz bottle, 12noon 8oz bottle, 4pm 8oz bottle, dinner 6:30 3 tbsp baby rice mixed with 1 container baby veggie, 4oz bottle (although he doesn't always drink this one).

after his 9mos check up next week i'm going to change the 12noon to another meal.

he has reflux so i try to give him mostly food for his last meal and not alot of liquid as that seems to come up more.

Kristi - posted on 04/21/2009

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We're on 3 jars a day as well. Changing between cereal or fruit for bfst, veggie mid day and a jarred dinner at night. We actually are 5 bottles a day!! :o( One 4 oz and 4 6oz's. On the process of cutting it down to more formula and less times a day. He still chokes on the smallest 'regular' food - so we're still on the baby food.

Jaime - posted on 04/20/2009

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my wee man has 3 meals a day with snacks in between as he always wants to eat i got a chart from my plunket nurse and was surprised what i could give him for example fish fingers cheese cooked pasta sandwiches pineapple rings mini meetballs and the list just goes on

Evamarie - posted on 04/18/2009

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i too have been wondering about how much my daughter should eat. normally she has 3 8 oz. bottles of formula at 6:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 7:00 pm, my doctor told me not to give her more then 24 oz. of formula a day. at 10 she has breakfast with cereal and stage 2 fruit or bits of banana, snack is whenever....those gerber puffs, and dinner is always a stage 2 veggie or meat jar and stage 2 fruit.

have you all tried table food yet? if so, how much and which ones?

Mindy - posted on 04/18/2009

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My 9 month son eats three meals a day. Each meal is around a "normal" breakfast, lunch and supper time. The gets a 7 oz glass of formula, which he doesn't always finish. Then he eats cereal & fruit for breakfast, lunch is usually veggies, cereal, meat, etc. He has a small snack of finger foods and/or fruit. Supper is usually veggies and meat. He often has a few bites of what I am eating also. Then a 4 oz bottle before bed. For the amount of food each meal, it is usually around the size of the number 3 food jars.

Bethany - posted on 04/15/2009

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I just recently went to three bottles...but my son is a really light eater/drinker and dropping a bottle was actually to try to get him to drink more by spacing it out better. It seems to have worked (at least some days! haha! But I'll take some over never!) Here's our schedule most days:
8oz at 8:30am (usually no breakfast as he doesn't eat it when I try)
8oz at 12-12:30ish and lunch (cereal and fruit or yogurt and cheerios) about 1/2 hour later (sometimes I reverse the order of the food and bottle)
8oz at 4:30 and supper (sometimes cereal, sometimes ham dinner (it's the only jarred meal he likes), sometimes pasta or other "big people food") about 5:30 and that's it until the morning bottle

I think it's really about what's working or not for you...I think if you'd find it easier to do three meals a day then she'll probably adjust fine to that...but if you find 10 and 3 more convenient then stick with that...but if she really isn't interested in the 3pm bottle you might as well save the formula and not bother...I know that I'm getting more into my son with 3 bottles than I was with 4...even on a bad day! Good luck! :~D

Candice - posted on 04/15/2009

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My son eats 3 meals a day (fruit and cereal at breakfast, veggies and meat for lunch and both veggies and fruit for supper) at the same times that my husband and I eat. He was drinks when he wakes up (about 7:30 am) at 10:00 am, 3:00 pm, and before bed at about 8:30 pm. He also some times has a small bottle (4 oz) before meals. However, lately he seems to not be as interested in eating and drinks less than usual. Teething??? I don't know - but it seams that the answer to any thing is that all babies are different! I should try to tranisition to table food too.

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