When Do I Add a Third Meal of Solids?

Kaitlyn - posted on 11/04/2013 ( 39 moms have responded )

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my son is 22 weeks old, he already eats a whole jar of baby food in the morning and a whole jar at night. he's been acting like he could eat at least half a jar around lunch time. i know he's hungry because he starts drinking a bottle but acts like he needs more than just milk, but I'm not sure if it's too early to start feeding him 3 meals a day on top of bottles, which he eats 4oz at a time every couple hours or so. any feedback?

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Tammy - posted on 11/11/2013

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Do what YOU feel is best-seeking all of this advice from these other moms is really a waste of time-every mom is different-you will get a million different responses-every baby is different-food intake or no food intake and at what age will differ greatly from child to child-as would any and everything-walking, talking etc... Bottom line is you are his mom and you will make the decision that is best for him by observing his needs-Just like you are doing at this time-Feel confident in your decision making for your child-all advice seeking should be done for fun only

Jodi - posted on 11/05/2013

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If he is not finishing his bottles, you shouldn't be feeding him that much in solids. Solids are really only for practice before they are 1, and aren't recommended before 6 months. Your son is still not even 6 months old. At this point, he shouldn't even be really eating solids.

You need to make sure he finishes his milk before you offer the solids, not the other way around.

Anonymous - posted on 01/07/2014

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It's been 8 years for us but from what I can remember, babies will let you know when they are ready for solid foods. My older daughter developed a little faster than my younger daughter and threw her bottle at me when she was 11 months old. She was using a sippy cup at 6 months and loved rice cereal in her formula by the time she was 2 months old. At 4 months she was eating baby food such as carrots, meats, fruits, etc. She still had her bottle as snacks so to speak but she was eating 3 square meals a day of baby food. She is now 11 years old and is very healthy. She's rarely sick. She's a little above average for her height and she's a perfectly normal weight. The point I'm trying to make is that she didn't suffer allergies, terrible sicknesses, and she's neither under or overweight. Please don't let these specialists who prescribe a cookie cutter approach to child development tell you what's best for your child. If your child is hungry, he will let you know. Every child is developmentally different and will have his own timeline for you to tune into.

Dove - posted on 11/04/2013

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That is already quite a bit of solids at his age. I'd probably put another ounce or two in a bottle vs. giving him more solids.

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Ziriacales - posted on 01/13/2014

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if your child is hungry feed him...your the mom you and as mom we have an instinct that not even our pediatricians have.....i have a 14 year old and 8 year old and i started feeding them at 5 months....they are beautiful and perfectly healthy....and all babies are different....some only need to 2 meals a day and others need less or more...

Tara - posted on 01/03/2014

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The babies in my husband's family are big babies and all ready for solids much earlier than many other babies. I was shocked at how early our own were ready but it made them much, much happier, more comfortable babies and they began sleeping better, too. You know what? Not ONE person in his family of eight children has allergies and none of my three do either. All of my five grandchildren began eating early and not one of them have any allergies at all.

When pediatricians find that they're being fed early they gasp and give all the warnings and I always say very cheerfully, "Great! Give me your home number please. I'll cut out the solids and then I'll call you when I get too wrung out from dealing with a hungry baby and you can come help me." I get the deer-in-the-headlights look and then a swift, "Well, whatever works for your baby..."

My experience of over fifty years of history tells me that there is way too much import placed on the whole food/allergies thing. Not only that but many, and I mean MANY, of the children I have known through the years who are kept off of solids til the 'prescribed' time have terrible allergies.

That's my story and I'm stickin' to it! Have a wonderful day.

Becky - posted on 12/20/2013

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I agree with more in the bottle. My son who was 12 weeks early was drinking more milk than that and less often at 22 weeks. Bottle first then food for breakfast and maybe dinner. Solids at this age is more for "fun" and to learn how to eat. They are still gaining weight and nutrients from milk/formula.

Lilla - posted on 12/14/2013

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I started my dd on solids at 5 months. Made her potato and veggie purée and she would eat 10oz every day for lunch. She was breast feeding so I have no idea of her milk intake, but all babies are different. Best to discuss with health professional and maybe up milk intake.

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22 weeks is 5 months plus some. If your baby is taking 4 oz every two hours or so plus the baby food and has no tummy/bowel problems it is probably ok to try a half jar.

Mila - posted on 11/17/2013

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Hi i had the same problem with my daugther and i start giving her solid since she was 5 month i was given her fruts mashed and she love it now she is 10 month and eats well and healthy as a horse you should give him 4 oz of milk first them some serials they sell serial for biginers at lunch the same try to give first the milk and after the food and try to give a bit the water just have a once per day .i dont think that you need to give more than 2 meal he is very small and the stomak is not big just give him milk the rest of the day my bb was takig 6 oz at this time maybe 4 is not enough but if you have questions contact his doctor they are the best to ask remember avery child ia different good luck .

Kateri - posted on 11/15/2013

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22 weeks? Did your dr say to feed him baby foods this early. Usually 4-6 months is usually the earliest they start. Give him bottles with more then 4 oz

Rebecca - posted on 11/15/2013

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My daughter is 6m old, crawling, cruising, sitting up on her own and Everytime she sees anyone in the house eat she makes it known that she wants some too. She will eat a whole jar at each meal and bottles in between but nothing fills her up. And with as much as she eats community health and my doctor have all told me that she is underweight for her age. I say go with the Appetite. If your baby is hungry, then feed it more. My baby girl works off every ounce that I feed her and I just keep giving her more at her demand

Nicole - posted on 11/12/2013

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My kids were on cereal bottles by the time they were 2 weeks old and fed from a spoon soon after. I let my kid's appetite guide me. Lol..well that and their grandmother's. I started making meal bottles with stage 1 veggies, rice cereal and formula (mixed together in an 8oz bottle). Those helped out BIG time. I hope everything works out well for you. Best wishes.

Amanda - posted on 11/12/2013

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Feed him!! He's hungry and kids eat differently. I had 2 big boys who ate alot. Doctor said feed them when they're hungry and let them sleep as long as they need.

Brandy - posted on 11/11/2013

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Did you ever ask your doctor if he could drink more than 4 ounes at a feeding? Because with all the food allergies I am very surprised your pediatrician is giving the ok for fruits and veggies.

Sonia - posted on 11/10/2013

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How soon did you start him on solids? My pediatrician has always said no solids until at least 6 months. I'd give him more milk instead of starting too soon on solid and not giving enough milk. I am also not sure about your Dr. saying the baby doesn't really need milk. up until they are a year old milk is the most important part of their diet. solids are not really necessary except for practice.

Laura - posted on 11/09/2013

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Jodi sorry didn't read that properly but still if he seems hungrier than usual give him the extra bit at lunch it won't do any harm or just give him half a jar in the morning then the rest at lunch don't worry about giving too much or too little it will all balance out in the end

Laura - posted on 11/09/2013

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It's up to you what you feed your child if you feel he needs a bit extra then give him some. He's nearly 2 years old he's probably getting bored of drinking milk!

Jordan - posted on 11/05/2013

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My pediatrician told me at 6 months my baby should have 3 meals a day and double their weight for the amount of formula your baby should drink. Not to exceed 32 ounces in 24 hours. Also when your baby starts crawling you can introduce finger foods or snacks such as puffs, mum mums, yogurt melts etc.

Kaitlyn - posted on 11/05/2013

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also, he was drinking 6oz at a time until i started him on cereal once a day at 4 months but because he didn't like it i started him on fruits around 5 months and just recently started giving him more than one meal of it a day and adding veggies. the problem wasn't that he needed more milk in his bottle, he would start drinking (almost rapidly) but sit up like he wanted something more than just milk but again thank you for the feedback everyone

Kaitlyn - posted on 11/05/2013

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he doesn't like any cereal, i think its because of the texture. i've tried making it soupier and making it thicker but he just doesn't like it. he had an appointment today and is now 17 lbs 9.5 oz and 26.5 inches tall so the doctor said since he doesn't like cereal it's fine to give him more fruits and vegetables especially since when he eats his 4oz bottle it's every couple hours and babies his age shouldn't need to drink that often, especially when he's on enfamil a.r. (with added rice starch) already but thank you all for the feedback :)

Dove - posted on 11/05/2013

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Rice cereal is never needed and you are always supposed to give them breast or bottle before solids under a year. The milk is what is important. The rest is just for fun.

Aimee - posted on 11/05/2013

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You should start giving rice cereal in the morning at around 6 months. Then give him his bottle. You may need to up the oz of the bottles if he is still hungry. Then every 7 days or so you could introduce a new vegetable for lunch or dinner. You space it out to make sure they don't have an allergy. With dinner you could add a fruit if he's very hungry, but you may want to wait til he's a little bigger.

Brandi - posted on 11/05/2013

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And just so you are aware of the correct way to feed - give him the bottle before food. Babies stomachs are not really able to digest and obtain nutrients from food yet. He still needs his milk for proper dietary balance. Remember: Food before 1 (year of age) is just for fun.

Christie - posted on 11/05/2013

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I think its a little early for baby to be having even that much solids, or solids at all ! Add more milk to his bottles, 4oz is not a lot of milk most babies by that age drink 6 to 8 oz! What About adding a bit of rice cereal to the warmed milk to thicken it a bit to make it more substantial? I would also speak to a health nurse about his eating or the pediatrician!

Kayla - posted on 11/05/2013

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You're supposed to start out on one grain on cereal, usually rice, when they are about 4 months old. It should be on the thin side cause they aren't used to thick stuff in their mouths. About 6 months is when you start introducing stage 1 baby food. It's better if you try the cereal before offering milk just because that is when they are hungrier and more likely to give it a try. But don't wait too late or they'll be too frustrated to work with you.

Dove - posted on 11/04/2013

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I don't really know. My youngest wasn't ready for any solids at that age and my next youngest... was that age well over a decade ago. ;)

Kaitlyn - posted on 11/04/2013

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i was giving him 6oz at a time but he would never finish the bottle. he's big for his age but isn't even a chunky baby, he's still pretty slim just really tall..... how long should i wait before adding another meal to his day?

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