solids at 1?

Shontelle - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Ok my daughter is 1 in 2weeks my question is is she ment to be on 3 solid meals a day once she turns 1? As she usally only has 1-2 meals a day usally lunch but if she is awake when we have dinner she has some too but there are days when she just wants milk and no solids should i be making her eat solids 3times a day?

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Aleks - posted on 03/16/2011

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Not necessarily, a lot of toddler actually are not 3 meals kinda people..lol A lot of them actually like to snack through out the whole day. Little by little. Others, may only want to eat 2 or 1 main meal and the rest of the time want to snack.
If you are unsure of what your baby is doing or should be doing kellymom.com is a great site for breastfeeding mums, as it also explains what is normal for toddlers as well. Good luck and don't stress about it too much. I know it is easier said than done. A baby won't let itself starve to death. Some toddlers may want to or need to have 50% of their diet (until around 18-20mths of age) still in the form of breastmilk and that is normal. Btw, I found this info on the aforementioned website.
What I would do, is let her dictate as much as possible regarding her food intake. Unless she has some big food allergies or intollerances I am sure you will have nothing to worry about. :-)

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/17/2011

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This is a sample menu for one day that I copied and pasted from the canada food guide for children ages 9-12 months old:

Early morning
Breast milk
Morning
Breast milk
Iron-fortified infant cereal mixed
with breast milk or water
Soft fruit

Snack
Unsweetened dry cereal
Breast milk or homogenized milk
from a cup

Noon
Iron-fortified infant cereal mixed
with breast milk or water
Chopped meat or meat alternatives*
Cooked pasta or cooked rice,
chopped vegetables
Soft fruit
Breast milk or homogenized milk
from a cup

Snack
Plain muffin
Cubes of soft cheese

Evening
Chopped meat or meat alternatives*
Cooked pasta or cooked rice,
chopped vegetables
Soft fruit and/or plain yogurt
Breast milk

Snack

Breast milk
Small pieces of toast, bread, crackers

With that said, your child's delicate stomach tells her/him how much she or he needs to eat. No need to force anymore food than they seem to want. I followed the guide pretty much to get into a food routine with both of my children when they were 0 to 12 months and then it was easy sailing after because they let you know when they
want something..and what they want.

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