Best Tips for Adding More Calories to 9-Month Old Superactive Baby's Diet

Cathy - posted on 11/21/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Just went for my son's 9-months check up and I was dismayed to find out that he has fallen below the 3rd percentile for weight and is plateauing for height. I racked my brain for all the possible things I could have done better to find an explanation for it and I believe it's because he's not getting enough calories from the organic fruit, vegetable, and even meat packs (Happy Organics brand, I think) that I feed him. The packets average around 70 calories per packet and he eats about 2.5 - 3 a day with about a total of 4-6 bottles of 4 oz. Enfamil formula, which is at 20 calories per fluid oz.) He should ideally be intaking about 800-1,000 calories a day and he's just a bit below that. Oh, did I mention he is a /super/ active baby? Absolutely all over the place!

I'm looking for suggestions and tips on how to increase calories intake for a 9-month old baby. Also any stories, words of comfort, recommendation, advice are all highly appreciated.

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Sarah - posted on 11/21/2014

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If he has always been on the tiny side this plateau may be brief and not indicative of a problem. Was the doctor concerned?
Why is your son only getting fruit and formula? I think the fruit is not providing enough calories but is filling him up. Baby on formula alone should get 2 to 2.5 ounces of formula per pound. If he is getting the full 24 oz (6 bottles of 4 oz) that is only 24 ounces and enough for a ten pound baby. Since your son is not a formula alone, he should be drinking less but his table food diet should expand to include grains and protein. Fruit is just not nutrient dense enough. Try adding scramble egg, tofu, cooked pasta and start offering finger foods like cheerios or whole grain toast. The calories may add up but the variety is not. If you are not a vegetarian, start adding meat as well. Also, if he only gets 4 bottles of 4 oz in a day instead of 6, that is 8 oz (160 calories less) per day. Good Luck!

Sarah - posted on 11/21/2014

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If the doctor was not worried and he hasn't suddenly dropped way down on the growth curve, don't get too upset about it. Kids do have ups and downs. If he is alert and reaching milestones, relax and enjoy him!

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Cathy - posted on 11/21/2014

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That's great advice. I need to edit my original comment. I've been feeding him fruit, vegetable, and even meat packets. Some of which claim to have grains like salba and chia and other cereals. He's always been on the skinnier side, that's true. I think I need to be a lot stricter when it comes to counting calories for him to make sure it adds up.

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