How often does your baby eat?

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Kay, so Aurora has been eating at different times for the last few days and we've had some trouble giving her her 'big girl baby food'. So, I was wondering, how often does your child eat? Is it every 2 hours? Or what exactly? I'm trying to get her on a better more consistent eating schedule.

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How is it bad to give them juice? How is water any better? It's chalked full of chemicals...and the apple juice we buy is organic 100% pure apple juice with nothing added, not even sugar. Aurora loves her apple juice, she gets it after every meal. Which thank you mommies!!! Aurora has gotten a lot better about eating. She doesn't exactly eat when we do, except breakfast, but she does eat three meals a day and then formula as a snack in between. It's going really great! Thank you for your advice!

Kay - posted on 04/22/2010

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Nerissa gives me cues, or I just figure she should be hungry base on when last I feed her. How old is your baby, Nerissa is 9 months and I notice she doesn't eat has often as before,

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Instead of a bottle for breakfast give her 1/2 the bottle, then some rice or oatmeal cereal mixed with water or some applesauce. Then give her the other 1/2 of the bottle. Eventually she will probably only take the first 1/2 then you can also start giving the formula to her in cups. Acoupole hours after breakfast give her a snack (cheerios, puffs, crackers, fruit, whatever she'll eat) when you give her snacks give her a sippy cup of formula or milk(or until your ready give her a bottle) . If she naps before the snack then just skip the snack and give her lunch when she gets up. Maybe a snack between lunch and dinner or if you have dinner early give her a snack an hour or 2 before bed time. Give her water/juice with meals. As far as what, I still use the stage 2 and some 3 jar food. My daughter eats 1 -2 containers, I let her give me cues that she is done. I've been trying to give her more table food, she's eating mac and cheese now so if she eats that I just give her 1 container of vegetables with it. As far as a 9 month getting apple juice, that's your call juice isn't necessary, it has no real nutritional value and has lots of sugar. If you do give it make sure you cut it with water. really water and milk/formula are the best drink choices. My oldest daughter is 2 now and she didn't get juice till she was 18months old. Now she's hooked and we have to make her drink water. Hope this helps. I know that Earth's Best website has a good feeding chart on it. Hope this helps.

Sherrie - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hi Michele, my lil boy wakes up at 630am and has a bottle, then I dont feed him again until after his nap at 1030am so he eats at about 1130 (solids) then he has a bottle again at about 3pm and another nap then when he wakes up i give something sweet at about 5pm and he has another bottle when he goes to bed at 7pm... but every baby is DEF different! So just do whatever works for you!

Gia - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son gets up at 9am. I breastfeed him and a half an hour later he has breakfast(1/4 cup cereal and 4 oz. of fruit). 12pm he lays down for a nap. 2pm I breastfeed him and a half an hour later lunch(2oz. meat and 4 oz. veggie).5pm he naps again. 6pm I breastfeed and half an hour later dinner(1/4 cup cereal and whatever veggie we are having for dinner cut up small.. about 4 oz and a sippy cup of water or juice). 9pm breastfeeding time and off to get a bath book and bed... He also snacks on cheerios and gerber puffs throughout the day.

Heidi - posted on 04/19/2010

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At 9 months: She sits and eats in her high chair for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Real food - skip the spoon feeding, especially if they are resisting. It is definitely a good time to get her eating meals with the rest of you. Give her bits of food: fruit, cereal, cheese, vegetables - just make sure they are soft enough for her to gum (you can steam hard food items to soften them) and small enough not to create a choking hazard. Give her a sippy cup with WATER in it. No juice. Babies do not need juice. It has too much sugar and virtually no nutritional value. And it is just a bad habit. No need to start it so soon. Google "Baby Led Weaning" for more info on getting your baby onto real solid food.

And then she nurses on demand between meals and at night.

Lyndie - posted on 04/19/2010

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When i started my daughter on solids i started giving her it at dinner time, always at the sametime as us, now she is on her 3meals a day, and what i do with her is, she has her breakfast in the morning with her sister along with a sippy cup of juice or water(took a few weeks to get her used to the cups) then she has a milk about 9:30-10am and after her breastfeed she goes down for a nap, we have the odd time where she sleeps threw lunch but when she does we still give her a lunch along with another cup of juice/water then a snack maybe about 2ish and milk about 3ish, she normally naps again for 30mins to 1hr around 3:30-3:45 and back up again at 4ish plays for a littlebit then dinner at 5pm with the family with a juice/water, bath around 6:15-6:30 with her sister then story with her sister milk then bed. if she doesnt have her regular solids on time shes not a happy baby and she wont take anything else at all

Chelsie - posted on 04/19/2010

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Oh I get what you mean! I started giving my daughter solids as soon as she started trying to "chew" her baby food. At first we started out with really really small pieces until she got use to it. A couple of times she would start to gag a little but it was only the first couple of times and then she got the idea down. Now she eats everything..except meats that are hard to chew like steak.

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Wow...that would be awesome, but she's asleep during lunch and she gets a bottle of formula for breakfast in the morning. I just really need some advice on feeding her. How often and what. I just read another post that 9mon. olds should be taking a sippy cup of apple juice! I didn't know that!!! There's a lot of information about how to keep baby safe and what to do when such and such happens but there's virtually no information on eating and feeding other than breastfeeding, which she's no longer doing. *sigh* :(

Chelsie - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter eats when we do. She is in her high chair for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Then she gets a bottle in between meals and before bed. I hope that helps!

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