Jump to content

Time spent eating
How long to give her?

  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic

#1 password123

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:11 AM

My DD is not a huge solids fan (well...she can be, when it suits her).As of Sunday she is now bottle/formula fed (I embraced her waning interest in BF). She is getting 3 x 220ml of formula a day and offered 3 meals a day. She is not eating a lot. I was giving puréed food or slops but once she became difficult with this I began with more finger foods and she is definitely interested but doesn't actually consume a lot. It seems the longer she spends in the high hair playing with it, the more she ends up eating (stands to reason), but how long do you give them? She's been in her chair this morning having the odd nibble on toast for 40 minutes! Should I be concerned about volume of solids considering she is actually eating some, and at least handling it? She is 8.5 months and a good weight.

#2 Sweet like a lemon

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:21 AM

She sounds normal but if in doubt speak to your MCHN. Learning to consume solids is a developmental learning curve that won't be mastered for quite some time with varying and unpredictable interest. As for the amount - a few mouth fulls 3 times daily is probably good. If you look at the size of her fist - that is the same size as her tiny stomach. It doesn't take much to full it up.

#3 kelbelblue

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:22 AM

My DD has just turned 1, but at that age lunch time often took an hour! We do BLW, so I just kept offering food as long as she was eating some.
I think most meals took at least 1/2 an hour, and often still do. I often read a book at the same time original.gif
Let her get used to the idea of food, and try ot to worry too much about volume consumed.
I see she is on 3 bottles a day. Now that I have started weaning DD, I offer her about 6 small meals a day, so perhaps try offering things she likes at different times instead of just traditional meal times.
It is really only the last month or two that DD has been eating large amounts of food, before that it was just picking.

#4 mandala

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:23 AM

I would give DS up to an hour, or even more if he got upset when I tried to get him out of the high chair. I figured he was enjoying himself playing with the food, and if he was happy in the highchair, I could get all sorts of jobs done.

I would get him out earlier if we had to go out, or if I felt that he needed more active time in the day. So if we had a trip to the shops planned, I'd give him less time sitting in the highchair, because he was going to do enough sitting later on in his stroller.

He did get quicker, and also clearer about when he had enough. He's just started to say 'Done' when he's had enough and wants to get down, at 13 months.

I also decided to trust him that he'd eat if he wanted to. I figured he had plenty of opportunity to eat, so if he didn't eat it, it meant he was full.

#5 password123

Posted 15 February 2013 - 08:28 AM

Ok great original.gif. That makes me feel better. I was feeling guilty that I was reading EB on my tablet killing time while she was picking. Lol.
It's hard when it takes so long it pretty much runs into nap time!

#6 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 18 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

I called a halt after 30 -40 mins, but made a big deal of stacking the bowls, cutlery etc so there was plenty of warning.  He quickly got the hang of putting the cutlery in the bowl and handing it to me when he's had enough.

#7 _audrey_

Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:06 PM

DS wasn't a big eater until just after he turned 1.  He's always been a slow eater so we let him sit there eating until he's either thrown all his food onto the floor or is getting grizzly and wanting to get down.  Most meal times we will be there for close to 30minutes still.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

The Bugaboo by Diesel Denim launch

Essential Baby attended the launch and it got messy!

Father's letter to Bataclan terrorists

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

Adele's new song to sing along to

Singer follows up success of Hello with new belting ballad When We Were Young.

Major retailers restrict formula sales

Coles and Woolworths have imposed tighter buying bans on baby formula amid a shortage blamed on Chinese consumers.

Three-year-old breaks family's news

If you are three-years-old and an only child, then news doesn't get much bigger than this.

Swapped babies stay with families

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

How life is different with three kids

I knew having a third child would alter our lives, but it's had so many impacts - both tiny and enormous.


What's hot on EB

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Beautiful 'now and then' images of premature babies

They are stunning photos that the parents of these beautiful no doubt feared they may never see.

Physios warn pregnant women not to crunch like Michelle Bridges

Experts are urging pregnant women not to do exactly as Michelle Bridges does when exercising, or they risk developing rectus abdominus diastasis.

Penny-pinching supermarket shoppers switching in droves

Half of Australia thinks it can get cheaper groceries by switching supermarkets, and about one in four of us have already switched.

Baby breastfed by wrong mother after hospital mix up

A newborn baby has been breastfed by a stranger after a NSW hospital bungled the identities of two newborns, devastating one mother and potentially exposing the newborn to health risks.

Nurses invent skin to skin c-section drape

The determination of three US nurses to provide immediate skin to skin contact to mothers delivering their babies by caesarean section has led to the invention of a unique surgical drape.

Baby's first photo shoot features a special guest

You can always be sure of a few things not entirely going to plan during a newborn shoot – little accidents are almost par for the course – but this shoot was memorable for a whole other reason.

We are not the family you think we are, I promise

Kids have a way of presenting a completely inaccurate impression of you, as parents, and as a family.

The hidden harm of foetal alcohol syndrome disorder

Experts believe many children diagnosed with ADHD might actually have FASD and that the number of people suffering from the condition across the country could be as high as 500,000.

Anaesthetist facing charges after ignoring woman's pain during caesarean

An anaesthetist could be punished after telling a woman enduring an "excruciating" painful C-section that she was not actually in pain.

When your baby starts life in NICU

Our daughters are finally home after spending nearly four weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Wellington hospital.

How to save for a deposit while renting

As hard as it sounds, it is possible to save money when you rent, and certain things can be done to build a deposit faster.

Medications pregnant women should take, avoid, and think about

There are actually very few medications that must be absolutely avoided during pregnancy.

Paid parental leave uncertainty a growing concern

Eight months out from the due date of the government's PPL cut, some expectant parents are facing an uncertain time.

7 commandments of using the internet as a parent

What you need is careful, objective and repeatable science. Not anecdotes or old wives' tales, but data.

A rethink on screen ban for kids under two

With new guidelines being developed, the discouragement of use below two years of age is being revised.

10 things I want my wife to know

It's on those crazy days that I must remember to stop and let her know some things she needs to hear.

Better education about SIDS needed as deaths plateau

The number of sudden and unexpected deaths in infancy has decreased in NSW for the past 15 years but the most recent report into child deaths reveals the decline has plateaued.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.