Need some sample meal plans! Help!

Amanda - posted on 05/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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Hey if anyone could give me a quick rundown of their baby's meal schedule when starting beginner foods to get an idea of what to do it would be great!!!!

My lil guy is 5 months old and at his 4 months doctor's appt. she told me to start cereal and by 6 months be on three meals a day and bottles in between and night time.... So I started rice cereal the next morning and was very unsure of how many times a day or how much or when to start beginner veggies/fruits. Anyway he had just once a day at breakfast with a 6 oz bottle for a cpl weeks then a bit suppertime with a 6 oz bottle. Now yesterday I gave him just a little taste of the beginner carrots at suppertime and he ate it all up and made quite the mess (too cute) I am gonna do that again today. My question for anyone who wants to help is what kind of schedule's are/were your 5/6 month babies on for meals and bottles??? Do I give the bottle with the meal or a little while later? I know I should wait another while for juice or water so what does he wash his meal down with? I went on heinz baby website and the sample plan seems like a lot of food for a lil guy. Can anyone help a very confused first time single mommy!!

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Amanda - posted on 06/09/2009

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Thanks everyone for all the comments and meal schedules of your lil ones! :) Love knowing other people are willing to spare a min to give others advice!! Liam is 5.5 months and I have sorta figured out a schedule now where he has 2/3 tbsp of Stage 1 cereal in the morning (rice/oatmeal sometimes barley) with a bottle. I do find he doesn't want to drink a lot of milk with his meals so I might do the breakfast an hour after a bottle like others have done. That is what I have to do with the rest of the day. Then he has a late morning bottle. For lunch around 1/1:30 he has 1/2 jar veggie and 1/2 fruit. Littlest bit of water after that. Bottle in between lunch and supper. Then at around 6/6:30 he has same as lunch. Full bottle again before bed around 8:30. Hope I am doing ok! He still going through all the beginner veg/fruit. Another month and can start some meats and Stage 2 foods. Fun! Again Thanks Everyone

Sara - posted on 06/09/2009

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when Gavin (my son) was 5 months old, I was feeding him 1tbsp oatmeal with about 2 tbsp veggie and about 2 tbsp fruit. He didnt always eat it all, bt most of the time it was gone. As far as bottles, he had one when he woke up. Then a coplr for a 'snack' inbetween meals and a full one at nite. He is now 7 months old and gets 3 meals a day. I usually feed him a 'breakfast' type fruit (half a container) with about 2 tbsp oatmeal and hour after his morning bottle. For lunch, depending on what he's eating, he gets half a jar of each (veggie and fruit, or a chicken and rice and fruit, mac n cheese, the 2nd foods) if he is just eating a fruit and veggie I put a lil oatmeal with it., Same for dinner too. He has just started in the last week eating 'real food' sometimes too. Mashed potatoes, nopodles, bananas, but I mash them up pretty good, and just give him a few bites of whatever Im eating. Good luck! You'll figure it out pretty quickly, and baby will let you know it ots too much ot not enough!!

Lauren - posted on 06/04/2009

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We started with cereal too. Once a day (at night). Each night I would make it a little thicker. After about a week of that we moved to twice a day (morning and night). I was only giving about 1 tbsp of cereal each time.



After about 2 weeks of that we started with veggies at lunchtime. I gave her 1/2 of a stage 1 jar. Sweet potatoes first, then squash, green beans, peas, and then carrots. I gave her the same thing for 4 days in a row at first.



Next we started with the fruits. Introducing one at a time.

By 6 months we were up to 3 meals a day. Breakfast - 2tbsp cereal mixed with a little fruit. Lunch - veggie and a Baby Mum Mum cracker. Dinner - same as breakfast. And nursed in between meals.



I did not give a bottle with her meal. I am nursing. I did always offer water from a sippy cup if she needed to wash something down. She would only take a couple sips from it and it was good practice for the sippy cup. Breakfast - I would nurse when she woke up, so before she ate. For lunch and dinner, I would nurse afterwards.



She is 9 months now and the routine is still the same but more. Breakfast 1/4 cup cereal and 1 jar stage 2 fruit. Lunch 1 jar stage 2 veggie and 2 crackers. Dinner same as breakfast. She is also trying finger foods. So at dinner she might have small bits of chicken, biscuit, noodles, etc. I always have cheerios on hand if she still wants more.



I was always afraid about giving too much food. I think they will eat until they don't want to eat anymore. If you think she can handle more, offer a little more.



Juice - at 4 months my doctor said we could have up to 4oz of diluted juice a day (half water - half juice). I give her juice along with her afternoon snack.



Hope this helps.

Gillian - posted on 05/31/2009

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In AUstralia they highly recommed waiting to feed solids till 6 months, 4 months is pretty early to start but taking it slowly like you have is the best way I wouln't start much more for a little bit and defo not 3 meals yet!
What your doing is great, I wouldn't intro anymore just yet as forumla or BM is suppose to be the main source till 12 months:)
My son started on rice cereal at 5 months once a day till 6 months, then he went to twice aday and I started introducing veg and fruites then at 8 months he went to 3 meals aday and table foods without salt and pretty much has what we have unless it real junk

Heather - posted on 05/29/2009

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I used to give my Daughter the 1st baby foods 3 times a day, which was about every 4-5 hours. I usually gave her Cereal in ther morning, then veggies or fruit for the Lunch and Dinner. She had a Bottle 2 hrs after each feeding, so she was eating every 2 hours ish. I think you'll find the 1st baby foods are runny enough that he doesn't have to wash it down.

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