E.M. asks from Louisville, KY on January 23, 2008
How Many Bottles vs How Many Meals?
I was just wondering what you feed your 10 month old.... my little one wakes up takes a bottle... sometimes she will have some fruit puffs and juice if shes still hungry.... then around 1 i give her her lunch (toddler foods) then around 5 another bottle and sometimes if shes up late she will take another bottle. is she having too many bottles and not enough meals?
M.D. answers from Louisville on January 24, 2008
She needs more food. Give her a good breakfast and her toddler food for lunch and dinner. You could try introducing a sippy cup at her meals. Or give her a bottle after each meal and at bedtime. She might not need all those bottles if she has more solid food. I think you will find that she will illiminate a couple of bottles herself.Also all the bottles don't have to be milk. The flavored water is great. My daughter in law gives her daughter half water and half flavored water. She uses the flavored water that comes in the little pouches with a straw. This way the child gets the water she needs.
K.L. answers from Cincinnati on January 24, 2008
My almost 11 month old only takes 2-3 bottles a day and eats 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and a morning snack. But, her weight gain has seriously dropped since starting mostly solids because they don't have as many calories as formula. I think it's whatever your baby wants...mine doesn't want formula now that she's tasted REAL food!
B.T. answers from Cleveland on January 24, 2008
I think it all depends on your baby but I think by 10 months she should be having more meals. My baby is 8 1/2 months and here is her day:
4-6 oz b/w 7-7.30am
Breakfast b/w 8-8.30am usually a bowl of cereal with fruit and a cup of water
Sleep around 9.30am
Lunch at 11.30am - big bowl of home cooked vegies sometimes with meat and a yoghurt/fruit or sometimes both. Another cup of water and sometimes someting to snack on if I need to clean up etc
Sleep again for a few hours
2-4 oz milk at 3.30-4pm
Dinner at 5pm more vegies, meat and fruit and water
8oz milk at 6.30pm
Bed by 7pm
I'm sure my little one should be drinking more formula but she is just not that interested so I figure with the water as well she should be OK.
I would certianly start introducing set meal times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Talk to your pediatrician and see what they think? Hope this helps :)
E.M. answers from Columbus on January 24, 2008
I am actually going through the same thing with my 10 month old, actually he has the same b-day. So here is his schedule, i dont know if it is a good one, i guess it depends on your child. as long as they seem to be growing and happy and thriving I think whatever works for you. I am also having a hard time figuring out exactly how to transition to "toddler and people food" rather than baby food. He gets up around 6 and takes a bottle (6 oz), sometimes may have some puffs, around 9ish gets baby cereal and half jar fruit, sometime in themorning he gets another bottle (6 oz). lunch around 1 with a jar of veggies and the rest of th jar of fruit. bottle in the afternoon and dinner around 7 with one jar veggie and one jar fruit. i have also started trying the stage 3 at dinner. he gets puffs/cheerios as snacks. bottle at bed around 8. so he is getting three meals and four 6 oz bottles. my ped. rxs 3 6-8 oz bottles. i guess it just depends on your babies schedule. good luck!
28 yr old FT-working mom of baby boy born march 9th
A.W. answers from Louisville on January 24, 2008
My daughter is almost 8 months. I give her 3 meals..breakfast, lunch and dinner each with a bottle and some puffs for practice. Then I give her a bottle before bed. Sometimes she takes a bottle during the night too. My Pediatrician said at my 6 month well check that she should be eating 3 jars of baby food/cereal per day and no less than 24 ounces of formula. My daughter doesn't drink a lot of juice either because she often doesn't finish bottles because she wants food instead. Hope this helps!
S.B. answers from Cleveland on January 23, 2008
I have a 9 month old little girl and she gets 3 8oz bottles (breakfast 8am, lunch - noon and dinner 5pm) and then she gets something to eat with eat bottle and then maybe some fruit puffs in the afternoon for snack. Usually she is a really good eater in the morning for breakfast with cereal and fruit. For lunch she doesnt' seem to really want to eat that much, about a 1/3 jar of veggie or fruit and then for dinner she eats about a 1/2 to 1 jar of veggies (we did just start her on the stage 2 meals this last week, so we will see how she does with this). After dinner she doesn't get anything else to eat or drink and is in bed between 7:15 and 7:30 and sleeps till 7:30/8 the next morning. She is growing well and doesn't seem to be fussy which would lead us to believe that she is growing well, she has her 9 month check up on Friday so we will see.
At this stage I think that bottles are more important than food. As long as she is taking her bottles and she is showing interest in food then I would think that all is good. I hope that this may have helped you a little. Good Luck.
H.T. answers from Cincinnati on January 24, 2008
I have a 10 month old as well. He eats three meals with the rest of us, plus an afternoon snack in addition to his milk. At that age they should be on a regular meal schedule with the rest of the family- have you talked to your pediatrician? Breakfast is a grain and 4 ounces of fruit. Lunch is usually a fruit and a veggie, plus some kind of protein- and dinner is the same. For snacks I give him yogurt, puffs, or soft fruit to chew on.
S.E. answers from Cleveland on January 24, 2008
I was wondering how much formula is minimum, but my almost 10 mo old eats 4 meals a day of finger foods.
6:30 - bottle
8:00 - dry cereal (cherrios or kix or whatever) and diced banana, sometimes a cheese stick or yogurt as well
9:30 - bottle
11:30 - chicken nuggets or grilled cheese and some peas or carrots or something like that
2:30 - bottle
4:30 - cheese & crackers or some oranges
6:00 - dinner (whatever we are having)
8:00 - bottle
K.B. answers from Cincinnati on January 23, 2008
My neice is 11 months old. I watched her a month ago and spend some days with her since. She takes a bottle, 6oz., when she gets up and eats a sm bowel of oatmeal or rice, this is was between 630-8a (my sister works early mornings). She then takes a 6 oz. at around 10a when she is getting ready to lay down for a nap. This is anywhere from 1-2 hours long. At noonish she gets another bottel, a fruit and a veggie (which is now regular food cut small vs. baby food) She takes another shorter nap in the afternoon, drinks a bottel when she wakes up from that. At dinner time she gets a bottle and 2 other different foods. She gets another bottle before she goes to bed. Sometimes, the dinner and afternoon bottle are one in the same. It depends on when she wakes up and when they eat dinner. So a total of 3 meals and 5-6 bottles a day. They are working on changing from bottle to sippy cup. Just remember, each child is different with their own needs. Each are growing different and need a different amount of calories and food. Just go with your daughters cues and what you feel she needs. You are the best expert with your daughter. You know her best, and know what is best for you. It's the joys of being a mother!