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Taryn - posted on 05/29/2012 ( 20 moms have responded )

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How much times a day should i give my 5 almost 6 month old daughter baby food????

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Jill - posted on 05/30/2012

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If your little one is receptive and liking solids, then feed her when you eat too. So breakfast-lunch-dinner. One type of food per day, so that you can notice any sensitivities. Then keep up with the nursing during the rest of the day, which at this age should still be her main source of nutrition.

Sarah - posted on 05/30/2012

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Please don't ever put cereal into a bottle. This is been proven to be a very unsafe practice and is highly discouraged these days. Nipples deposit the food too far back in their throat and poses a HUGE risk for choking and aspiration into their lungs (which leads to pneumonia). This used to be a common practice and many people will still do this, but it really isn't worth the risk. Many people will say, "my baby was fine." or "I was fine" but it doesn't mean every baby was. That's why there are recommendations not to do it. Also one should never increase the size of a hole in a nipple because it makes it flow too fast for them and can cause the same problems with aspiration. If you want to offer it to see if they sleep longer, please give it on a spoon.

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Is she grabbing food off your plate? Then give her some of what you are eating or some other finger food--Cheerios, raw carrot stick, banana, cooked peas, mashed potatoes or yams, Either it's big enough that she can't choke on it (carrot) or she can mash it and swallow (cooked peas, mashed potatoes) or she can pick up with a finger pinch (thumb and fore finger; Cheerios, cooked peas). If not, then nurse her more often, not longer nursing times but more times. Solid food, pureed or not, is a supplement to breast milk; not a replacement. She won't use food as her main source of nutrition until she's a year old and even then breast milk is important.

Wanda - posted on 05/30/2012

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My kids wouldn't eat baby food, so they managed with baby cereal with fruit stirred in and the softer adult food choices that i cut small enough for them to eat, but that wasn't until they were older than 7 months. You really have to go by your own instincts for your baby because every baby is different in their tastes and appetite.

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Dot - posted on 06/07/2012

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My son started on 1 teaspoon of mashed food a day at nearlly six months, and every 4 days I would introduce something new. Things like sweet potato, pumpkin, avocado and pears are great first foods. Be careful not to over do it because they can get colicky, I learned that the hard way. Things like overripe banana and cooked carrots can give them constipation too. By 8 months he was up to 3 meals a day and family foods, he was able to feed himself which he loves. I was worried about him not having enough formula but the only thing I achieved by backing off the solids was him waking in the night for food. At 10 months he has 3 bottles a day, 4 meals (which are massive, I might add, he eats half a cup of oat meal with a whole banana for breakfast :-) and snacks in between. No disrespect to mums who give there kids jarred food but I was always told it was 'junkfood' because it's 70% water and also taste nothing like real food.

Rosa - posted on 05/31/2012

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At that age I was giving my now 10 month old 1 jar I wanted to do like everyone else says don't start till 6 months and only a tiny bit. My mom was giving my daughter table food since she was 3 months of course sparingly but still ha! Now she eats 2-3 jars a day about 4 6-oz bottles of formula and to top it off at dinner she eats what I eat and suprisingly I serve her about half of what I serve my 8 yo that's a lot. She's always been bigger than the "average" child her age even in height. go with your gut the baby WILL turn or spit the food when they don't want anymore.

Jennine - posted on 05/30/2012

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Be very careful in not introducing baby food to soon and giving them to much as this can cause all sorts of problems including bowel (constipation) problems. At this age it should be very little, mainly for taste and allergic reactions. A very small teaspoon once a day is sufficient to start with.. When first introducing baby food watch your baby carefully for a little while after giving a sample to check for skin colour change, any swelling of the lips or change in breathing. I have found that many more children these days now have reactions to all sorts of food. Always be guided by your pediatrician/doctor or mother care nurse. They earn their living knowing about babies and children so they wont give you the wrong advise.

Ruth - posted on 05/30/2012

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When my babes were tiny I used to take their bottles and mix formula with baby cereal, enlarge the whole in the nipple of the bottle and let them fill their little tummies up. They started sleeping all night because food stays in the tummy longer thn milk.

Katy - posted on 05/30/2012

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I started my second on just cereal at about 4 months because between breastmilk and formula she was still not full enough. I gave her a tablespoon of cereal before bed. She started going to more meals at about 6 months. She was a different kid after we started her on solids.

Kerre - posted on 05/30/2012

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Honestly, it's an individual choice. All three of my kids didn't start baby food at the same time. My doctors said to start at 4 at the earliest but 6 at the latest. One child we started at 4 and it went great, another closer to a year and my youngest we did do baby food but we kinda went to table food before she was a year. My kids would eat 2 to 4 jars of no. 2 size jars at a sitting. It just depends on how hungry and if they like it or not.

Heather - posted on 05/30/2012

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2 times a day, but if she is just starting, then once a day should be fine.

Taryn - posted on 05/30/2012

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i knoe breastmilk is good for her, but my babys a little sav lol she loves her afternoon snack :D

Zoe - posted on 05/30/2012

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I would let her nurse more. She does not need baby food at that age - breastmilk is sufficient.

Sarah - posted on 05/30/2012

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At 6 months, once a day, and just a tablespoon. Around 8 month twice a day a tablespoon. 9 months, twice a day, start to increase to more than a tablespoon-1 once. 10 months, twice a day, to 1 ounce, start introducing more table foods. 11 months 3 times a day, 1 once, fading back as you're introducing more table foods. 12 months 3 times a day, table foods

Louise - posted on 05/30/2012

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It depends on how much you are giving and whe you started solids. If you started solids early then she could have three small meals a day with her milk. These meals only have to be a couple of spoonfuls. You increase the amount after she has finished her milk and a couple of spoonfuls and is still looking for food.

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I started with once a day when my kids were almost 6 months old. Usually at lunch time. This should be plenty for now.

Taryn - posted on 05/29/2012

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Maycie gets sooooo angry with just breastmilk its not really filling for her so i give her baby food to fill her up better

Dove - posted on 05/29/2012

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It kind of depends on the kid. Most babies don't even need ANY solids before 6 months (and some for quite a bit longer). Once a day or even once every couple of days 'should' be plenty.

My older kids started solids EARLY, so by that age were eating 2-3 times/day. My youngest didn't even eat a single bite before 6 months and not regularly until around a year.

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