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My babe is 6 1/2 months old. He was exclusively BF for 5 months when he showed a definate interest for what we were eating. So I started giving him little bits of solids, banana, apple, avacado. It wasn't every day though. Now he is up to eating about 1 little jar of baby food a day, plus little bits of our food here or there. He truly seems hungry at about 4:30. I nurse him but its just not enough, then he scarfs down a jar of baby food <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
I just worry he may be eating too much solids. He still nurses about every two hours all day and night. He's not that big. He's about 18.5 lbs (my second was 23lbs at six months <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br>
Anyhoo guess I'm just curious how much your little ones eat during the day.
 

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I have an 8 mo old dd, she weighs 23 lbs.(a big one- LOL) and she is eating solids. We started her at around 5 1/2 months b/c she seemed soooo interested in our food, would chew along with us, stare, reach for it, etc. She still only eats very little, though- about twice a day, 3 teaspoons at each feeding. When she was 6 1/2 months old, she had worked up to eating 3 times a day, but started having slight problems with constipation; so I went back down to 2 feedings of solids a day. This seems to be the perfect amount for now. I just breast feed her more often in the evening, this seems to work well for us. She's growing steadily, stays healthy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My six month old does not eat solids yet. I've tried a few times, but she just isn't ready yet, isn't showing any of the ready signs. Her older sis didn't really start eating solids until nine months.
 

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If he's hungry, feed him ~ my oldest was eating about a jar a day by 6 months, my second ate about a half jar a day, but my 6 mo old won't touch the stuff. She had a tablespoon of oatmeal last night - the first time in over a week. try nursing prior to feeding jar food - see if that makes a difference.
 

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seems like you may be ready to try a couple of times a day (maybe in the morning?) My ped started us out once/day, but said to gradually work her up to three times a day by 9mos. Sounds like he really wants it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ds also started to show an interest in what we were eating at 5 1/2 months. He eats about a 1/2 jar of baby food every other day. He nurses every 2 - 3 hours during the day and once at night. He is up to 19 lbs and he is 6 1/2 months old.
 

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Chloe started eating solids about 5 1/2 months because she too would salivate when we would eat and was grabbing at our spoons and food from our plates. We started w/the cereals, then the veggies, then the fruits, in addition to "real foods" from our plates, then meats... she was eating 3-squares by 7 months, including breakfast of 3-5 Tbls of cereal plus a jar of fruit, lunch of a jar of veggies, and dinner of 5 Tbls of cereal plus a jar of veggies and a jar of meat. She eats and eats and eats and it is still not enough... i nurse and nurse, but she refuses to nurse much at all (maybe 5 mins each time at the most during the day) She will eat ANYTHING you put in front of her!! Little gavone!! I don't know what she weighs now at 8 months, maybe 20 lbs...?
 

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And she only has one or two food cubes a day. She'll also get Joe's O's (Trader Joe's version of Cheerios) to keep her occupied while I defrost her food. She is still lovin' mama's milk and even if I try to feed her more, she doesn't really go for it.<br><br>
I think every baby is totally unique in this area. Some HAVE to eat more because mama's milk just doesn't fill them up enough. Others, like my sweet pea, are happy with just mama's milk, but I know she should be experiencing solids, so that's why I try to give them to her twice a day.
 

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My DD is 7 and a half months and she only eats about the size of a half of a jar once a day. She won't eat more than that and prefers to nurse. She is 14.5 pounds at 7 months. I tried not to push the issue. She doesn't want our food though so I try to give her tastes of approiate things.
 

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why? Nutritionally speaking, nothing is better for any baby than breastmilk is. Most babies under a year of age can't even digest solid foods, so why should they "practice" eating solid foods?
 
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