How much cereal and food for an almost 5month old?

Rebel - posted on 04/24/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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okay, my little boy is HUGE!! 19 pounds and he is still 2 weeks shy of being 5 months and he has eaten a lot since day one! So we had to start feeding him rice cereal (a tiny bit when he was 6 weeks even! not all the time but every once in awhile) to tide him over... now he is eating what seems to be like a lot of cereal and some different foods just at night. he sleeps through the night wonderfully, but is constantly hungry through the day! so of course jump to dinner and he can put down probably about 4 tablespoons of rice cereal with breast milk and maybe 1 tablespoon of food... is that too much?? i'm just worried i'm overfeeding him since he has been getting really fussy at night!! does any of this make any sense??

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Kirsty - posted on 04/26/2009

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my son was 10 pound 11 born and he was always hungry... they say not to feed cereal before 6 months but your his mum and you know best... put some cereal in his bottles, and just give him pureed fruit..... babies will usually only eat when they are hungry so its cruel to not feed them. they all level out eventually my son is two now and he is in the high percentile but isnt over weight.

Kel - posted on 04/25/2009

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HI I have 5 month old and he is 21 lbs. hes just a big boy. I have been feeding him first stage foods now for about a month. I give him 4 to 6 ounces of formula and one of the baby foods for 3 meals a day and for dinner he get 2 baby foods one fruit and one veggie with 2 ounces of formula. this was doctor recommended. She said some babies are just bigger and need more calories. I was concerned i was feeding him to much because of his weight so i tried to feed him a little less and he was very upset, thats when she told be to actually step up the feedings. she made a good point she said you have a baby the size of a nine month old and your feeding him the amount for a 4 month old so he is not getting the amount of calories he needs for his size. But now he is very happy and rarely fusses cause hes hungry. Also very healthy

Alex - posted on 04/25/2009

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Hi my son is 5 months now and has farex for breakfat puree fruit for lunch and puree veg for dinner aswel as 4 7ounce bottles during the day and 1 or 2 during the night night. he is a big boy too 17 pound he has been eating a little rice cereal since he was 2months and i started friut and veg when he was 3 months

Jenniffer - posted on 04/25/2009

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I know where you're coming from. My son is 7 months and is almost 22lbs. My pediatrician has no problem with his weight(he's long too, at about 24"). When my son was 2-3 months old he would cry after a bottle because he was still hungry. My pediatrician suggested putting 1-2tbsp. cereal in his bottle to help fill him. My pediatrician understands that the kids will let you know when they're hungry and when they're full. He gave us the green light to start solid foods when my son was only 4 months old, a few tbsp. at breakfast,lunch, and dinner. My son loved food so much he was eating a whole container of baby food per feeding in no time. At his 6mo. checkup the pediatrican said it would be ok to move him to table food if i used a food processor. I just make it to the consistency that he like. He likes it chunky because he likes to have something to chew, eventhough he doesn't have teeth yet. He's now 7mo.and loves to eat. He'll eat just about anything. He could easily eat two containers of baby food at a feeding. My pediatrician said just to feed him until he's full. Although, I try not to feed him too much. I try to limit him a little just to make sure he doesn't throw up. It sounds like you're doing just fine. If the baby needs a little more food at night to help him sleep, give it to him. My son used to need a bottle with cereal in it before bed, just so his stomach was full.

Samantha - posted on 04/25/2009

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As long as your doctor isn't complaining about him being too heavy, I wouldn't worry about it. You can always see if he will drink water to substitute for anything else. Is he vomitting at all? He could also just want something in is mouth like a pacifier. If he is always hungry, substituting formula every now and then might keep him full longer. I thought my son ate a lot when he was that small also, but it will slow down when he is not growing.

Sarah - posted on 04/25/2009

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my 5 month old gets 6 ounce bottles 4 times a day and a whole jar of 1st foods fruit or veggies with cereal at lunch and dinner times. i definitely dont think you are giving him too much! my daughter is only about 14 pounds and 26 1/2 inches.

Lee-Anne - posted on 04/25/2009

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have u ever thought that some times he might want attention my 2-4 and 6th children did that to me and half the time it was just because they wanted a cuddle

Rebel - posted on 04/24/2009

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oh good, i'm glad that i've done a few of the suggestions!! i've been trying to give him a little more food, about half and half sometimes of stuff like squash, applesauce, bananas, peas, etc, and i mix a couple together .... its just crazy to see him eat soo much!!

Emily - posted on 04/24/2009

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Don't forget to skip egg yolk, citrus and nuts, as well as milk and honey until after a year, honey and nuts should be two years if you can make it!

Kristy-Lynn - posted on 04/24/2009

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I would just make sure that it is hunger and not a sign of some other problem for sure first. Talking to a pediatrician would be best. They are all worried about food alergies these days and your baby not being able to sense when its full (which I don't believe in that) so they tell you not to feed before 6 months old but all my kids were on pablum by 4 months old and my son was so hungry too and had such a high metabolism that my pediatrician said go ahead and feed him. Meat, potatoes, the works just don't give him cow's milk and honey yet. If he wants it give it to him. His appetite will slow down eventually. It changes as they grow. With growth spurts they get more hungry and then there are times when you worry because they won't eat much at all. His body knows what it needs and when.

Rebecca - posted on 04/24/2009

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i don't think you should be worried too much, some babies just grow faster and therefore need more food. He will tell you when he has had enough. My only suggestion is that seeing as he is eating so much solid food, that you should vary his diet more. Give him a little less rice cereal and more mashed/puree'd fruit and vegetables (e.g. mash potato and pumkin mixed together), either buy it like that or make it yourself. You may find that food like that may fill him up more and keep him satisfied for longer. Who knows it may also help with his fussiness. Just make sure that is you are mixing it yourself that you avoid things like full dairy, nuts, etc.

Emily - posted on 04/24/2009

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That's great Rebel! You seem like you have everything under control, so just let your maternal instinct take control! You know what's right, even if you don't know you know!

Rebel - posted on 04/24/2009

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Thank you Emily! well i've talked to my doc a lot about constipation because i thought he was pretty plugged up but the doc says until he is poopin little rocks that im okay! but i give him a little pear juice cut with water to kinda help things come out! :)

Emily - posted on 04/24/2009

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Is he ever constipated? He knows when his tummy is full, so he will let you know when or if he is getting too much. Just look out for constipation because it can get REALLY bad with rice cereal! Keep up the good work, and keep breastfeeding!

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