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February 12th, 2006, 12:00 PM
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6 Months
Breastmilk/Formula - 28-40 oz./day
Cereal - Begin with 1 T* cereal mixed with 1-2 T breastmilk or formula. First rice then oats or barley
Fruits and Veggies - Start with 1-2 T of single strained fruit or vegetable and offer it 1-2 times per day

7-8 Months
Breastmilk/Formula - 28-32 oz./day
Cereal - 6 T per day, Plain Cheerios can be offered for a snack
Fruits - 2-3 T 2 times per day
Veggies - 2-3 T 2 times per day
Meat - Start with 1 T & increase up to 3 T or 1/2 jar
Juice - Begin with 1-2 oz of a single fruit juice per day. Give juice in a cup.

9-10 Months
Breastmilk/Formula - 24-32 oz./day
Cereal - 5-8 T per day
Fruits - 2-4 T 2 times per day
Veggies - 2-4 T 2 times per day
Meat - 3 T meat that is ground or chopped into small pieces, or 3 T jar foods 1-2 times per day
Juice - 1-2 oz per day. Give juice in a cup.
You can also start giving cottage cheese or yogurt for snacks
Finger Foods - Toast squares or crackers, cereal such as plain Cheerios

11-12 Months
Breastmilk/Formula - 24-30 oz./day
Cereal - 8-12 T/day
Fruits - 2-4 T 2 times per day
Veggies - 2-4 T 2 times per day
Meat - 2-3 T ground or chopped meat, 2 times per day OR ½ jar/day
Juice - 2-4 oz per day. Give juice in a cup.
Finger Foods - Toast squares or crackers, cereal such as plain Cheerios

1 Year
Breastmilk/Whole Milk - 16-24 oz./day
Juice - 1/2 cup/day.
And balanced meals with the family.

*T = Tablespoon

If you are curious about average formula amounts for children under 6 months, they are listed in the bottlefeeding section.

ETA - Remember these are only guidelines. Some babies will eat a bit more and some will eat a bit less.
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February 17th, 2006, 06:07 PM
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Babies are really good at knowing how much food they need if you let them take the lead. Don't try to feed the baby more, or persuade them to finish their food, if they are giving you signals that they are satisfied.
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February 17th, 2006, 06:17 PM
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Babies are really good at knowing how much food they need if you let them take the lead. Don't try to feed the baby more, or persuade them to finish their food, if they are giving you signals that they are satisfied.[/b]
Like I said in my post "Remember these are only guidelines. Some babies will eat a bit more and some will eat a bit less."
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February 18th, 2006, 07:35 AM
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Like I said in my post "Remember these are only guidelines. Some babies will eat a bit more and some will eat a bit less."[/b]

Yep. I was reinforcing your point, Ashes.
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February 18th, 2006, 01:47 PM
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It's good to see those guidelines. I've always stresssed about how much my little guy eats, because he's pretty small for his age. I've come to believe it's pretty much genetic, and because he has food available most of the time, he doesn't feel compelled to eat tons in one sitting. It's usually a few bites here and there of nutritious food and occasionally a snack like some animal crackers or a oatmeal date cookie. He's growing at his own rate, and is pretty darn healthy.

One thing I've learned that's helped to allay some of my own anxieties is not to compare his size or development to other children. Like snowflakes, every child is unique. Good communication with the pediatrician helps ensure we're not overlooking anything significant that needs to be addressed.

Jen
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