What is a good feeding routine for a 9 month old?

April - posted on 05/18/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I feel like everyday is different when it comes to feeding my 9 month old baby food and bottles, so just looking for some ideas on what kind of routine I can get her into and how much of each I should give her?? Any advice would be great thanks~April

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Tiffiny - posted on 05/18/2010

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I guess it sounds like we are on an ok schedule...but does anyone know how to tackle a baby that just doesnt want to eat jar food. Because feeding the jar food is taking half an hour, she fights me, drinks some of her bottle, fights me some more. I know she would love to eat the snack foods, but I don't want to give in, I want her to want to eat jar food. She is fighting me right now as we speak! Is that from teething?!?!?

Tiffiny - posted on 05/18/2010

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I wish she would sleep for two hours! She does always get up at the same time everyday and she does have a bottle as soon as she gets up (7:30) but she is usually not hungry for anything more than a couple bites of cereal or bananas. She has an hour nap at 11:00 then we try to eat jar food and then have a few puffs after we have ate pretty good, then another bottle. She takes another hour nap at 3 or 4. Then she is hungry for dinner around 5, she is pretty good about eating jar food then and then its a bottle or two until bedtime at around 8-9.

Jonna - posted on 05/18/2010

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My baby is on a great schedule. First you must have a set wake up time within 30 of the same time every morning. Mine is 7:30 -8:00am. As soon as baby wakes he gets an 8oz bottle and some cereal (sometimes only a bottle) then plays on the floor a bit and goes back to bed at 9ish or 9:30 and sleeps till 11:30 or noon. When he wakes for lunch he gets a 5oz bottle and food (cheerios and a banana or some other kind of fruit). He has wake time till 3ish and then goes back down for a nap and sleeps till 5. Wakes up for another 5oz bottle and dinner (i feed him table food now so whatever we are eating as long as he can mash it). He is then awake till bed time at 8pm and I give him a 6 oz bottle at bedtime. He sleeps till morning and we start over the next day. I think about a 4 hour rotating schedule works pretty well with 9 mo olds ( always eat-awake-sleep-eat-awake-sleep) he should be having 2-3 naps a day each about 2 hours long (the third night be only an hour or less cat nap) I have used this routine with all 3 of my babies and it has worked beautifully. I recommend the book Babywise. Good Luck

Tiffiny - posted on 05/18/2010

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Yeah I would like to know as well! I've been trying to do jar food three times a day, but sometimes she wants it and sometimes she doesn't. But she always wants the bottle (4 oz every 2-3 hours) She loves finger foods ( I cut cheese up real small and give her gerber puffs or yogurt melts) But I'm having trouble with getting her to eat all her meals with jar food. I don't want her to only snack or always want her bottle! I looked into a couple books that gave some good hints like giving some water instead of the bottle at one meal and maybe they will eat more. Or just give bottle for another meal and maybe they will want the jar food later. But it would be nice to hear from some other moms for around this age. I would like to get on some type of schedule that I know works!

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