Childhood Diseases

Posted by: ninnie | 2012/02/15


feeding schedule

my baby daughter is 8 months now and weighs 7.3kg. She gets a few tsp of cerelac 2 stage for breakfast, veggie purity for lunch and fruit for dinner. She is not a big eater and will sometimes not drink any milk during the day, sometimes she will drink once of maybe twice during the day, between her meals. Then at night she will drink about 3 times(I still breastfeed). Is this a normal eating schedule for her?when can I introduce extras such as yogurt and what types can she eat? I do not want to give her too much solid foods because I know it will decrease her milk intake but I want to make sure she gets enough food. She also drink a little bit of water during the day. I am just confused about what to give and how much!!!

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The average weight for a baby girl of 8 months is 8kg. Your baby's weight is below the average and falls on the so-called 25th percentile line of the infant growth chart-this means that her weight is in the lowest 25% for baby girls of her age. You can certainly step up her solids now and she can start on yoghurt.She can have the children's yoghurt.Look at this website for a feeding schedule for babies of 8 months: I hope that our regular forum members will also offer you some advice.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/02/16

With yoghurt, its best to give full cream yoghurt. Woolworths sell kiddies full cream, and some moms prefer to give bulgarian yoghurt or plain full cream yoghurt and puree their own fruit and add it or pop some purity or olli organic in.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/02/16

I''m also a breastfeeding mom of a baby of simliar age and weight. The important thing with weight is that height and weight match.

At this age, give your baby breastfeeds on demand, and if she doesn''t ask, offer at least every 3 hours. When you are apart, if it is going to be longer than 3 hours, leave some expressed milk for her to have in a cup or bottle, though if you don''t work and so aren''t regularly separated, she might prefer to just wait until your return.

Read up a little on baby led weaning. This is the idea of having baby with you at meal times and letting them help themselves to what is on your plate at meal times. This way baby won''t take too much or too little.

I do particial baby led weaning, and partial feeding of baby, but we all sit together to eat.

At this age, you can give her breakfast such as yoghurt or porridge (jungle oats, creamy wheat, maltabella) or if you like rice or baby cereal you could give her that, or you could give her a crusty piece of bread to hold and gnaw on.

She can also have lunch. Some fresh fruit that she can pick up and eat herself such as halved grapes with the seeds taken out, grated apple, blocks of cheese you have cut, long pieces of cucumber, thick bits of mango, balls of watermelon or a triangle of watermelon, chunks of avo, a banana that you have sectioned into three long thin pieces (if you chop the top off and squeeze it will do that), if you are not from an allergic family a little square of bread with some peanut butter on or marmite on it. You can also give some scrambled egg if you are not an allergic family, or you can cut up a boiled egg into finger sized chunks.

At supper time you can give baby cottage pie, or some fish like hake with some broccoli, cooked baby carrots, a mielie cob, a chop with most of the meat removed, a rib bone with a bit of meat on it, a thick strip of steak, bits of chicken or a drum stick with sharp bones removed and a little meat on it, spaghettie bol, a gem squash that baby can dig hands in and eat, chunks of butternut, a halved baked potato, mashed sweet potato, rice, pasta rice, pieces of pasta, peas, cauliflour.

In about a month you might like to give a bit of fruit or dried fruit like apricot or pear or raisins for a mid morning snack, and in about another month give something as an afternoon snack so that as baby reaches a year she is mainly taking solids with milk around that, rather than what babies need up to a year which is milk with solids around that.

You can basically just let baby eat what you eat but avoid choking hazards like peanuts and popcorn and unhealthy stuff like vienna sausages.

With meals, you can also give baby a sippy cup or normal cup of cooled boiled water to learn to sip from. Don''t give juice before a year, and even then, you should dilute it quite a bit as fruit juice is quite harsh on the teeth.

Hope that helps a little.

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