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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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Every child is different but here is what my 8 1/2 month old eats.
She is only in the 10th precentile for her weight and really doesn't eat very much but she is healthy and growing. My ped. suggested giving her jar food for a couple of months as it has all the nutrition she needs. Otherwise we would have to give her vitamins and I don't want to do that. My ped. also said she should be drinking about 16-20oz of milk so we break it up into either four or five times per day. Here is a typical day:
6:00 Bottle (4oz milk)
8:00 Cereal with fruit (we live in Europe and they have awesome Heinz cereal with fruit)
11:00 She has some yogurt. We give her low fat too with various fruit. We actually found out that she has an allergy towards berries so no berries!
12:00 Bottle (4 oz)
1:30 - 2:00 Half a jar baby food. We give her all the varieties. Here we get the Stage 2 or Stage 3 which are pretty big. She refuses to eat more than half a jar so I don't force her. I have learnt that she will eat when she is hungry. She sometimes has a little bit of what we eat which includes green beans, potatoes, squash, avocados, pasta, rice, carrots, she loves bread too. She loves to taste everything, but particularly the food from mommys plate! Sometimes I put her food in my plate so she will eat.
4:00 Bottle (another 4oz)
6:00 Snack (Gerber cookie, cheerios)
7:30-8:00 We give her the other half of her jar or cereal. She has her two bottom teeth and is getting two upper so she has been very fussy. I try to limit acidic fruit like oranges and too many spices.
10:00 Bottle (4oz)

Generally children like to try different textures and the different colors of food. I give her everything, in small quantities.
Trial and error is the way to go!

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