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What Should I Feed My Nine To Twelve Month Old Baby
Finger foods: Your nine month old may be interested in finger foods at this point. Foods that you eat are often more interesting than jar foods. Avoid chocolate and egg white until a year. Appetite will vary day to day as growth slows a little. Continue massaging the gums with a soft cloth or brush as teeth erupt. Don't let baby fall asleep with a bottle or tooth decay will soon follow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Little interest: Your one year old may show little interest in foods at this age. Foods that you eat are often more interesting than jar foods. Appetite will vary day to day as growth slows a little. Offer milk, juices, cereal, veggies and meats. Continue massaging the gums. The only thing in a bottle at this stage should be water, until baby loses interest and discards it. This will help avoid cavities. ...Read more
Breast milk, formula: Breast milk or formula will provide all the nutrition your baby needs at this age. Intake ranging from 16 to 24 oz are common as new foods are added. Four to eight tablespoons per meal is a common intake, progressing to 1/2 to 3/4 cup over time. Your baby will signal you to give more or stop as time passes. Your baby is a good judge of how much is enough. ...Read more
Formula/Breast Milk: Dr ferguson' s comment that they only require breast milk or formula is correct. The american academy of pediatrics recommends beginning cereal at 4-6 mos of age if the milk intake seems excessive and to teach the infant how to take from a spoon.Each pediatrician is different in this regard, so consult with yours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variety: Offering a full rainbow of colors and much variety helps continue to shape your child's palate. If your toddler doesn't like a food the first time try again a few days later. Research shows it may take as many as 16-20 tries before a child will consistently take a food. Offer a green, and orange veggie as well as fruit with every meal. Start to involve your child in grocery shopping/cooking. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
"fruits": A two month old does not need anything other than formula or breast milk. The exception being a child with significant reflux needing cereal. Other than that consider starting solids at/after 4 months.. From four months to a year a child will benefit from "fruits" which is any food that starts as a flower. This includes beans and other "vegetables". It has to do with digestive enzymes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whatever YOU eat!: Babies at this age eat like adults... They eat a lot and drink a little. Under one, they drink a lot and eat a little. Now, your baby should eat what you eat (peanuts are delayed until 2 yo, others if you have food allergies in family). Babies can eat any other foods, as long as they are mashable or cut smaller than the size of a pea. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why?: Your baby does not need to be chubby! ...Read more
Food introduction: The general recommendation for food introduction in infants is rice cereal at 4 months, vegetables at 5 months, fruits and fruit juices at 6 months, finger foods & meats at 9 months. A three meal two snack schedule is the usual goal, but adapting this schedule to your family's normal routine should be fine as long as your baby is comfortable and gaining weight appropriately. ...Read more
Infant Feeding: Every 3 hourly on an average. At night can give 4-6 hours gap. Plan from now to breast feed your next child for at least 6 months. ...Read more
Nothing: If she has no discomfort, nothing needs done. If there is blood or painful straining, call your pediatrician. ...Read more
Typical behaviors: The eighteen month old will walk, run, and climb. They are smart enough to build a ladder out of furniture and get to the top cabinets. Lock up what you don't want them to play with. Vocabulary expands more and hand skills improve. Fear of stranger decreases but separation may still be hard in new settings. Some interest in toilet training may be expressed at this time. ...Read more
Is it safe to give an 8 month old baby Infant Tylenol (acetaminophen) every day during teething to help with teething pain & discomfort? Baby's weight is 18 lbs.
My eight month old breast fed baby is slow to eat solids. I started them at five months but she still only eats one or two bites. What do I do?
Be patient: Try to set baby up to watch you/others eat at mealtimes so it sees how others enjoy the event/solids. Babies can be drawn to more mature feeding methods when they decide it looks like fun. Some cultures do not offer solids until after a year and in fact they don't need them. Breast alone is fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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What happened to my one and half year old baby girl not eating meal but only taking her mom's milk?
Feeding: A toddler usually needs regular food with all nutrients along with milk. The child needs solid foods to be introduced in a systemic manner. Restricting milk to twice daily and starting food with different textures and varieties helps. Supplementation with children's vitamins is also helpful. ...Read more
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