How much should my 10 month old be eating? Eliminating night time feeding?

Jaclyn - posted on 03/27/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )




She has been sick for about 7 weeks with various things. First RSV that then got worse. Finally over that and got a bad cold 4 days later, which was much worse within a week (goop coming out her eyes and double ear infection) finally better again and 6 days later double ear infection and some congestion. With all of this eating has been a struggle. Especially at the beginning. We had days where 10 oz of formula in 24 hours was all we could get. She's doing better, but now she's use to being fed in the middle of the night. From 4 months she slept 12 hours, but when she got so sick and woke in the night we fed her since she was eating so little. Now she wants to be fed at least once in the middle of the night, and her eating is sort of all over the place. I'm not sure what she should be eating at this point and how much? She also has not hit her 9 month growth spurt, and she has always hit them right on time, quick and efficiently. We figured it was because she's been sick, and the Dr. agreed and wasn't worried because she still put on a minimal amount of weight but good amount while sick. But now I'm at a loss and want to get her back to her old routine, but not sure what the food part of that should look like. Any help? also, any help with getting out that night time feeding?


Gwen - posted on 03/28/2011




If she's really hungry during the night, I'd give her the bottle. Since she was sick for so long, her little body may be using the extra feed to make up for lost time. My daughter was eating during the night at that age, so it's not unheard of.


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Karen - posted on 03/28/2011




My little guy eats 3 meals a day and about 28 ozs of formula.
5-6am 6oz bottle
8am rice cereal with fruit
10am 6oz bottle
12:30pm rice cereal with veggies
2:30 pm 6 oz bottle
4pm a snack (baby mum mum, cheerios)
6 pm oat/corn cereal with meat and veggies
8 pm bottle and bed
hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 03/27/2011




First, I'd like to say I'm sorry to hear she's been sick so much! As far as how much she should be eating, I would let her decide. She isn't going to let herself go hungry and babies are great at self-regulating food. Make sure she is staying hydrated, especially since she hasn't been feeling well, and leave the rest up to her. You could make sure to give her more veggies and fruits, but if you are worried about calories, formula is the best way to go. It is very calorie dense while fruits/veggies are fairly low-cal when compared.

As far as getting her to sleep longer/through the night again, you could try giving cereal right before bed. If you have started meats, feed her a really good dinner high in carbs and protien. Give her a baby cereal mixed with formula and some salmon, jarred meat, or meat sticks. Cheese might also work because it will sit in the stomach longer, but can also be constipating. Good luck!!

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