R.M. asks from Brooklyn, NY on June 04, 2009
Meal Schedule for 8 1/2 Month Old
I'm trying to get my 8 month old son on a mealtime schedule. He has bottles throughout the day, and we've been feeding him oatmeal and pureed fruits or veggies in the morning. My question is, should he be eating breakfast, lunch and dinner in addition to his bottles? I give him fruits or veggies around mid day but just a bottle before bed. He also is starting to want to feed himself, so I sometimes give him bits of waffles. What are some suggestions for good finger foods to start with?
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H.B. answers from New York on June 05, 2009
My daughter is now 16 months. so I blanking as to what we were doing at 8 1/2 - but here are a couple of websites that helped me:
Hope this helps..
N.H. answers from New York on June 05, 2009
I know how frustrating it can be to try to figure out what to feed the little ones and when. I've done it 4 times, and everytime is different.
I think how much they will eat willingly throughout the day depends on how much they drink. If they drink less, they will eat more. Try not to give him bottles until after he eats a little food.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so I would start with something then, like fruit and dry finger cereals that he can feed himself (cheerios, kix, something that will melt quickly without alot of dry crumbling).
Lunch, there are many things to introduce him to at this age. If you give him jar foods, I'd say give him a little more than you have for lunch to fill him up. Mine started on jars around 4 months, and up to 2 jars per meal by 7 - 8 months, and introducing table foods. Like fruit, mac and cheese, jello, pudding, eggs, lightly toasted and buttered/or jelly bread(my kids like butter with cinnamon/sugar mix sprinkled on top) , crackers (graham/saltines, unsalted, or try the gerber graduate snacks) Gerber also has snacks that my 2 1/2 year old loves, like fruit juice treats, yogurt melts, fruit strips, and different kinds of crackers. I like these because they are a great alternative to candy and other sweet treats.
And getting him on a 2 - 3 meals a day schedule is a real good idea about now, even if its just a little bit of food at each meal and feed him the same time that you eat. I wouldn't start him on everything you eat just yet, you still have 2 - 3 months to work on that.
Check into the baby food section in your grocery store, I'm sure you'll find plenty to offer your little one.
A.L. answers from Buffalo on June 06, 2009
yes, i think he should be getting 2-3 meals a day. a great place for meal ideas and when to introduce foods is: wholesomebabyfood.com
at that age, our daughter small pieces of banana and cascadian farm organic "o's"
sometimes pieces of avocado as well.
J.H. answers from New York on June 05, 2009
My daughter is going to be 9 months in about a week. Currently, I nurse her 4 times a day (when she wakes up, 12/12:30, 3:30/4:00 and around 7/7:30). I feed her solids twice a day - breakfast (4 T of fruit and 3T of oatmeal mixed with formula) and dinner (4T of veg and 3T of fruit, 1 T of rice cereal mixed with formula).
We go to the dr. for her 9 month appt in a week. I think at this time, the dr. is going to suggest adding lunch and incorporating some soft table food (daughter has 2 teeth). At 9 months, I think we'll also add yogurt to her diet.
Hope this helps!!
J.B. answers from New York on June 05, 2009
By that age, I did give both of my sons, three meals a day with the bottle as their drink. THe meal can be small, but it forms regular habits. I also used to do a morning and afternoon snack.
H.B. answers from New York on June 05, 2009
M.T. answers from New York on June 05, 2009
Hi R.. Until a year, his milk is his primary source of nutrition. Food is for experimenting with taste and texture. He doesn't get better nutrition at under a year from food, so it's recommended that babies have their milk first to ensure their nutritional needs are met, and then their food as a supplement. At that age, two meals can be enough, although I think I remember doing it as breakfast and dinner, I don't remember what ages I added a third meal. Good luck in experimenting with finger foods. When my youngest was about 10 months, we gave him whatever we ate, just not cooked with a lot of spices and without dairy.
S.D. answers from Albany on June 05, 2009
I was really afraid of starting finger foods due to the risk of choking but I soon discovered that my baby could chew pretty well even without teeth!
Cascadian Farms organic cereal Os are great--no sugar and lots of iron. Little pieces of cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, canned peaches and pears (I cut them in pieces, add a little cinnamon and heat them slightly), peas mixed with olive oil and minced fresh basil, Rice, small chunks of steamed carrots, small chunks of baked potato and sweet potato (remove the skin first) and mashed avocado are great to try. You will probably "waste" a lot of food as your baby tries new things. He may just push the food around in his mouth but that is just fine. He is learning how to use his tongue. Just let him experiment and have fun! I would absolutely avoid any surgery cereals and snacks. You are helping him to establish future eating habbits so stick to healthy things. Hope this helps.
B.A. answers from New York on June 05, 2009
My daughter is 9 months and we give her breakfast and dinner and she has lunch at daycare. We give her fruit and cereal at breakfast, fruit and veggies at lunch and all three at dinner (we're trying to get her to eat some meats, so we might put that in at dinner too) We try to give her dinner at 5:30ish every night. She takes bottles during the day, but not a whole bunch. We figure that if she's hungry she'll eat more. She does still eat quite a lot before bed, so she has about 20 oz of formula throughout the day. The doctor said that that was enough. I hope this helped!