Stage 1 baby food...Help!

Giselle - posted on 05/03/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter has been eating stage 1 baby food for about 3/4 weeks now. I've been giving her only half the container...when should I start to give her the whole container of baby food?

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One thing to remember is NOT to feed her directly from the jar. In order to keep the bacteria in her mouth from getting into the unused portion in the jar, put it in a bowl. When that's gone, if she's hungry still, put more in the bowl with a clean spoon. I agree with everyone else though, about feeding her until she's not hungry. She'll let you know when she's finished. Just like with the bottle or breast, they stop eating when they are full. Also remember that sometimes she will eat more than others because of growth spurts. One day she'll eat less than normal because of teething, the next day she may eat normally, then next week she may seem to eat a lot more because of a growth spurt. Just when you think you have it figured out, they change! Keeps you on your toes for sure lol!

Lindsey - posted on 05/03/2009

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feed her until shes full or stops being interested she will tell you when shes done :)

Kerri - posted on 05/03/2009

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Offer her more food.If she's full,she will lose interest or turn her head. Babies are brilliant.She won't keep eating.

Mika - posted on 05/03/2009

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I fed my little one until he didnt open his mouth anymore. Which let me know he wasnt hungry. Let her lead she will let you know when shes full. Good Luck : )

Mel - posted on 05/03/2009

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Quoting Giselle:

My daughter is 5 months...she will be 6 months on the 22 of May. She always continues to open her mouth though. She eats half the container and then about 5 ounces of milk afterwards. And I've been feeding her 3 times a day. That's good enough right? I tried once before feeding her the whole container and she finished it plus about 4 oz of milk. I just wasn't sure if I should be giving her the whole container. The more you feed, the bigger their stomach stretches and they could fit more..so I didn't want to expand the size of her stomach.


 



if she is still opening her mouth she is usually still hunrgy. mine has only had 3 quarters of a small jar about twice in her life and i was so proud and so happy when she did so now i rarely bother with spoon feeding it wastes our food and time i just give her crackers, toast, bananas, chips, fish fingers etc. things that she willm put to her mouth by herself.



 



i think its fine for her to have the whole container shes about 5 and a half months now right that is just fine.

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I have four children their diets were all different- only my youngest sees a pead as he has Down Syndrome. To be honest with you I fed my children as much as they wanted. If they ate the whole tub of yogurt Great! If they ate the whole bowl of mashed vegies Great!. Keep it all in balance as you do for yourself/ My youngest also has a heart condition he eats twice the amount a normal child would. I keep feeding him until he turns away from me... I know he is full then.

Krystle - posted on 05/03/2009

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Babies usually stop easting when thet're full, at least mine did so if she'll eat the whole thing let her. It depends to on how long she goes between feedings. My son in on 2nd stage foods and he eats the whole thing and some times half of another but he's a big boy. It just depends on your child.

Heather - posted on 05/03/2009

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Honestly, you should ask your pediatrician. They have the PhD. If you have a good pediatrician they will not have a problem discussing any issue with you. Feeding issues can be a major problem, for the present and the future of your child. Researchers have been linking diet issues as children with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer in adulthood. This is why we shouldn't start cereals until 4 months and solids until 6 months. Always rely on your pediatrician. what our moms and their moms did is not the way anymore. We have become more educated. Healthier and safer!

Jenniffer - posted on 05/03/2009

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My little guy at that age was eating almost 2 jars of food and drinking 6oz of formula. He was happy and content. Like all the others were saying feed the little one until she is refusing it. If what you are worried she is eating to much just wait until she starts to crawl, she will be eating even more. All that takes energy and she is going to need that for sure. Don't worry if she gains to much weight, as my mother always said "When they starts walking, they will lose all that extra." Feed her she is going to need it.

Giselle - posted on 05/03/2009

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My daughter is 5 months...she will be 6 months on the 22 of May. She always continues to open her mouth though. She eats half the container and then about 5 ounces of milk afterwards. And I've been feeding her 3 times a day. That's good enough right? I tried once before feeding her the whole container and she finished it plus about 4 oz of milk. I just wasn't sure if I should be giving her the whole container. The more you feed, the bigger their stomach stretches and they could fit more..so I didn't want to expand the size of her stomach.

Heather - posted on 05/03/2009

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We have fed ours until they are not hungry. I found with mine that unless they have a stomach ache, they will generally turn their head or clinch their lips when they are no longer interested. The youngest is our healthy eater (to say the least) but still came in at in the 33rd percentile when it came to weight. If she is digesting well, I would say to feed her. She will let you know when she's done.

Mel - posted on 05/03/2009

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any amount that she wants. if she wants more give it to her. the stage one tins here in australia are made smaller so im assuming most babies take the whole lot. mine is 13 months and still takes 1-2 spoons of food and spits it so if your is hungry id definately keep feeding her

Amanda - posted on 05/03/2009

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The doc's say to only give a certian amount, but i was seeing that mine were hungry still... so i just fed until they were full! If shes still hungry, i used to use the banana baby food and put a baby spoon full in thier bottle, mix it up and give it to them. They would be full and happy!

Chloe - posted on 05/03/2009

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When i started solids i did it baby led to a point, if he was finished he wouldnt open his mouth for more, he went through on some occasion and and a half containers. I would offer her a bit more if she takes it then continue with the rest of the container.

Good luck

Carol - posted on 05/03/2009

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How old is your daughter? after 6 months I would let her eat however much she was interested in eating.

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