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How much solids at 6 months?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ds is six and a half months. He goes through spurts where he is really into solids, and more often than not spurts where he couldn't care less. He will take maybe 5 bites and he's done. So, WIC gave us baby food vouchers, I am SHOCKED at how much solids they think he should be eating! He gets 2 vouchers for 128 oz fruits and veggies on each, 2 vouchers for meats, 1- 40 oz, the other 37.5 oz, plus 2- 8 oz boxes of baby cereal! How can ds possibly eat all that in a month? Am I not giving him enough solids? I guess what we're doing us fine as far as BLW goes, but what is an average amount of solids eaten at 6.5 months??
post #2 of 13

DD wasn't really into solids until closer to 9 months and even then 5 bites was on the upper end of what she would have. Often it was less, sometimes depending on her mood and other times if there were distractions or something interesting for her to look at (guests or eating at someone else's house, for example). I think as long as you are offering healthy things for him to try, that's all you need to worry about, he will decide if he should eat or not. Until at least a year old solid food is just for experimentation IMO and their actual nutrition comes from breastmilk or formula.

 

If you get more baby food than you can use (or if you don't use it at all with BLW, which we also did) maybe you can donate it?

post #3 of 13

He is totally fine and on track for his age. Just get the food and keep it until he decides he wants more. My lo is 14mo and around 10 months or so I think she got really into food and would go through 3 or 4 pouches a day plus plenty of nursing too. She has slowed down on the pouches in the last month and is eating more things off our plates now, like rice, peas, beans, potatoes, ground beef, cheese, pretty much anything she can get into her mouth.

post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
Ok that's reassuring! I did offer him solids for breakfast today, which is a first. He ate more than I expected him to. Usually DH feeds him his solids at night when I'm in the shower or cleaning up the kitchen so its pretty late when he feeds him, like between 8 and 10:00. Maybe he will be more likely to accept solids in daytime hours...... But you mamas put my mind at ease. I'm not uber worried about it. I think I will donate what we don't end up using to the local food pantry and pregnancy center. I mean he's getting 36 double packs of fruits and veggies and nearly 40 jars of meat! That's like mind blowing lol
post #5 of 13
It really varies by baby for sure. It's nice that it sounds like they err on the side of too much though!
post #6 of 13

I always found that allowing my children to self feed (if they were willing to do it) resulted in only the amount of food they wanted and no more. Children tend to eat more slowly when they self feed and stop earlier. In a breastfed baby, milk comprises the main bulk of her diet for the first year at least, with solids for all intents and purposes "for practice" and to fill in really hungry days.

 

I can say at 6.5 months, our oldest child was eating a small bowl of fruit or veggies (I dunno, 2-3 oz maybe?)  once a day, and many days not any at all. My second child didn't take solids until 8 months and wouldn't touch pureed foods, only self feeding chunks of boiled or steamed fruit or veggies, and my youngest was eating solid foods about 2-3 days out of the week maybe 3 or 4 bites at about 7 months.

 

I've found that most breastfed babies tend to like their solids in the late afternoon, when the milk supply is at its lowest ebb (but at its highest fat content, so it's still very important to offer the breast first before any and every offer of solid food. If they nurse well and reject the solid food, they simply don't need the solid food that day.)  It seems that formula fed babies seem to want solids earlier in the day, for some reason. (And of course, with FF being the norm in most of the West, so many Pediatricians go along with too early solids too much solids and solids early in the day having been taught in Med School that FF is the "norm.")

 

That is a HUGE amounts of solids that WIC is offering you! I had no idea that amount was "expected" but I've seen so many of my clients babies (in WIC or not) feeding so much solid food so early it often effects their milk supplies adversely.

 

I wanted to say something about "baby food meat." I worked as a Nanny several summers while I was at University. I was working with a 7 month old  FF baby whose mother would leave huge amounts of jarred baby foods for this child. The baby would make faces and sometimes gag when I would try to give her the  baby food pureed meat. So, I thought, "What does this stuff taste like?" I tasted it and almost barfed! It was truly disgusting. I told the mother I wouldn't give the baby this stuff, she could if she wanted to, but IMO, it was too gross to give to an infant who couldn't even chew real meat yet. I vowed never to buy "baby food meat" for my children when I had them, and I never did. They ate meat when they could chew it themselves, as I figured Nature had figured out that babies don't need to eat anything they can't chew on their own.

 

I urge all Mamas to get a jar of  processed "baby food meat" (if they are thinking of feeding it to their babies) and taste the stuff  themselves and ask "Would I eat this stuff? If not, why would my baby want it?" :eat 

post #7 of 13
There's no way any of my kids would have eaten even close to that much solid food at 6 months. Not all of them were even ready for solid foods (based on when they started trying to grab food off of my plate), and when they did it was only a few bites here and there when they felt like it. Not every day. I also didn't feed them "baby food," but whatever I was eating that was healthy and soft enough for them to gum.
post #8 of 13
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Good point on the meat! DH tried feeding him some beef, but he put the beef on the spoon first, then peas (which is a fav of ds), we thought we could make it an easier adjustment by kinda hiding it in a familiar flavor. Well he took one taste, had a full body shutter along with a horrible face and then wouldn't open his mouth again! DH was like "I don't think he likes this stuff at all!" So that was the end of that. Yea, I'll prob make my dog a special treat with jars of meat lol
post #9 of 13

They're ok with none at all, up to as much as they want to eat. If you get free purees and don't give them to baby, you can use it in sauces and baking instead.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hmmm, I guess u could, I never thought about that. Although my mom gave me a recipe for "toddler meat cookies" ages ago, that I'm sure I've since thrown away. Idk about meat cookies though, that sounds so weird!
post #11 of 13

Wow, that seems like a huge amount!  It's nice that they're providing, but for me, solids are optional at 6 months.  I would say my daughter (now 16 months) maybe had 4 ounces daily for fruit and veg at that age.

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by 3LilChunklins View Post

Good point on the meat! DH tried feeding him some beef, but he put the beef on the spoon first, then peas (which is a fav of ds), we thought we could make it an easier adjustment by kinda hiding it in a familiar flavor. Well he took one taste, had a full body shutter along with a horrible face and then wouldn't open his mouth again! DH was like "I don't think he likes this stuff at all!" So that was the end of that. Yea, I'll prob make my dog a special treat with jars of meat lol

I love that babies are so honest with their facial expressions and opinions of things. I remember my babies shuddering at things they didn't like, and having the most quizzical expressions about things they weren't sure about. 

post #13 of 13
Ds1 was not terribly enthusiastic about solids, so we proceeded slowly with him. Ds2 showed a lot of interest early on (4mos) but still had tongue thrust so we didn't start until around 6 mos and he's very into it most days. So you just never know...
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