Feeding Schedule?

Sashell - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 8 months soon and I am having trouble getting her on a good eating schedule incorporating baby food with formula. I found one at start healthy stay healthy .com... but it doesn't seem like enough formula to keep her full. What schedules are your sons/daughters on?

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Sashell - posted on 03/22/2010

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Thank you guys so much! I am not reducing formula at all, just curious when you added food into the schedule. :)

Jamie - posted on 03/20/2010

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my daughters 7 months- she wakes at around 7, at 7:30 has breakfast (rice cereal and 1/2 jar of food) 11:30 she was lunch (1 1/2 jar food) 4:30 dinner (1 1/2 jar food) 7:00 snack (rice cereal and 1/2 jar food. it seems like a lot, but unless she has it all she screams and is starving. I giver her finger foods with each meal and also juice just to ibtroduce the sippy cup, and a 4 oz bottle. usually, she won't drink the bottle until about 30 minutes after she eats.

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I really don't have too much of a schedule for formula. He eats that whenever he is hungry. Only thing that is scheduled are his solids. He eats breakfast at 8:30ish, lunch at 12:30ish, and dinner at 5:30ish

Marquita - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son is about 30 weeks, 7am my son eats cereal, fruit and 6-8 oz of formula. 10 am-veggie and milk, between 1230 and 130pm (depending on what time he wakes up) he'll eat cereal and drink milk. Around 4 -430pm he has whatever new food I'm trying to introduce and milk. 6pm is cereal, fruit/veggie, and nighttime formula. Around 9 or 10pm he eats one more time then he's out for the night. Start again in the morning.

Rebecca - posted on 03/19/2010

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My son was 7 months old yesterday and for his breakfast which is about 7:30am which is jus formula, second meal is about 11:30am which is formula, yoghuart & fruit, third meal is about 3:30pm which is formula & a rusk, and his final meal is about 7-7:30pm which is jus formula and that keeps him happy for the day, he wil av about a 20 min power nap between feeds and after his last feed of the day he goes to bed about 9pm and sleeps through til 7-7:30am. i started him with steamed and blended solids but he wasnt interested so i have just kept him how is it until hes wanting more then i will try him on the solids again

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My 7 month old has cereal and a 6oz bottle at 8ish when she wakes up. She then has lunch 1/2 savoury n 1/2 fruit or a yogurt at 12 then she likes a 6oz bottle at 2 usually sleeps for a while after this and then at 4 she has another 1/2 savoury and 1/2 fruit or a yogurt then a 8 or 9oz bottle around 7.30/ 8ish after her bath. She goes to bed straight after this bottle and never gets up during the night.

Stephanie - posted on 03/18/2010

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We don't keep an overly strict schedule either because neither my fiance or I live by strict schedules...and we found she was always the first one to destroy the schedule anyway lol. First meal (just formula) is usually between 8:30-10:00, second meal is around 12:30-2:00 (6oz. formula, cereal, & fruit), third meal is around 4:30-6:00 (6oz. formula, cereal, vegetable & protein), and final meal is around 9:30-10:30 (just formula) and that's it unless she happens to wake up in the night which is rare these days.

Emily - posted on 03/18/2010

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I wouldn't stress about a strict schedule. And I wouldn't reduce her formula either.. solids are supposed to be complementary to milk, not replacing it. I think the easiest thing to do is just feed your child when you have your regular family meals. Makes things a lot less stressful. Continue feeding the normal amount of formula and just add in whatever solids she wants at your own meal times.

Kelly - posted on 03/18/2010

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I feed my 7 month old breakfast (cereal and a fruit) w/ 5oz bottle, 11-2 lunch (1/2 veggies & 1/2 fruit- no cereal) w/ 5 oz bottle, depending on when he is hungry he either has a mid-morning bottle and late lunch or early lunch and mid-afternoon bottle of 5 oz and the dinner between 4:30 & 5:30 (cereal w/1/2 veggies followed by 1/2 fruit) and 5oz bottle. He is usually in bed some time between 7:30 & 8:30 where he has a 6 oz bottle. Hope this helps! I'm not always sure what I'm doing either (my 1st!) but it seems to work!!!

Melissa - posted on 03/18/2010

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My daughter just turned 7 mo, and she eats solids regularly for breakfast and dinner and sometimes for lunch. She nurses on demand every few hours around the clock, and or gets a bottle of breast milk about 4-5 oz instead of a nursing. I started with the solids spread out and am working on adding lunch in together daily. Good luck and take the cues from the baby as to how much they want / need.

Rebecca - posted on 03/17/2010

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Yeah my son is demand fed but solids at set times. Well kinda. Daeman feds (breast) around 5:30, eats cereal at 6:30am and then feds (breasts) from around 7 to 8:30. Then no idea about the feeding with breast but solids around 11:30 - 12 and dinner is 5:30-6. I always breastfed him around half to an hr before I fed him

Blackwood - posted on 03/17/2010

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I sort of have a schedule, but it changes from time too time, depending on many factors, sleep and most of all if my son has learned a new sound or finds something of interest. He does eat cereal between 11:30 and 1:00, but I have too feed it to him mid way between his bottle feeding and I have too fed him about 2 oz of formula (he doesn't recognize that cereal is food, just his bottle too him is), then between5:30-6:30 I give him a veggie (peas or carrots, and he doesn't like them AT ALL) then his cereal, but again I have too give him some formula first. He has bottles through out and still does 2 feeding (8 oz) in the middle of the nite. He is hungry at nite then during the day. Don't put a bunch of pressure on yourself. I've heard that for the first year, formula or breast milk should still be their main source of food and cereal is great for iron intake and the veggies, fruit and meat are to introduce them to taste and texture and not too make into a fuzzy eater, rather then for nutriance. Best of wishes

Amanda - posted on 03/17/2010

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My daughter, Alisah (7 1/2 months) is just now starting finger foods but doesn't eat enough to fulfill her so I just give her a few gerber puffs while we are eating our dinner just so she can be a part of meal time and also to teach her better about picking up food and actually getting it to her mouth. Her daily feeding schedule is...9:30am 2oz. fruit mixed with 2tbl. cereal ( I mix it between a thick milk shake and oatmeal) and a 4oz. bottle, 12-1pm 4-5oz bottle, 3ish 4-5oz. bottle (somedays 2oz. baby yogurt also, just depends on how well she ate breakfast), 6pm 2oz. veggie or meat mixed with 2tbl. cereal and 4oz. bottle, 8:30pm bedtime bottle 5oz., 11pm 7oz. bottle.

Becca - posted on 03/17/2010

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I have been doing baby led weaning with my son and so I give him milk feeds on demand but solids at set times. He seems to have settled into a fairly regular pattern of nursing at 4am, 7am, 9:30am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 8pm. Occasionally, he'll get up at 11pm for an extra feeding. He also joins us at meal times: breakfast at 8am, lunch at NOON and supper at 6pm. On days when he eats more solid food he tends to spread out his feeds longer and may only do five in a day but this is still rare.

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