I’m only writing this (and posting it) because I wish I had been able to read someone else’s experience!!
So…at LM’s four month appointment, his pediatrician said he was eating too much formula. I didn’t even know that was possible, but he was pretty darn close to 40 ounces a day. She said time to add the calories.
We started on his four month birthday with rice cereal. I used 2-3 tablespoons of rice cereal and enough formula to make it the right consistency (which seems to change every time!). We started immediately with a spoon (I have since read to start with your finger, but oh, well!). LM took to it like a duck to water. He loved it!
I fed him rice cereal every evening (dinner) for about a month. I was getting ready to introduce different solids when he became so ill with his ear infection. He hardly ate anything that week, let alone rice cereal. His schedule (pre-illness) looked like this:
7am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm – bottle (usually 4 ounces)
7pm – 4 ounce bottle & rice cereal w/ a spoon (in the high chair)
9:30pm – 4 ounce bottle
3:30am – 4 ounce bottle
After his sickness, he didn’t seem to want the rice cereal. This was at the 5 month mark, so I switched to oatmeal. He LOVES it. Again – a few tablespoons (I quit measuring) with formula. Plus, he naturally switched himself to a 3 1/2 or 4 hour schedule after being sick (depends on the day – and I feel a growth spurt coming on).
I debated back & forth about starting vegetables. There’s tons out there that says to not feed anything to infants under 6 months of age (except, of course, breastmilk or formula). My ped said 4 months. So I started cereal under her guidance and waited until this week to start veggies.
On Monday, Little Man was 23 weeks old. He won’t be 6 months until the 11th, but this Monday will be 24 weeks (which counts as six months? Are yaou confused? Cause I am!!).
This past Thursday we started with peas. Again – he loved them!
Again, I debated what solid to start with: fruit, veggie, which one??????????
Finally (with the advice from a friend) I decided upon peas, mostly because they’re my favorite vegetable (so I could eat them if he didn’t) and they’re kind of sweet!
We’re trying to save money, so I’m making our own baby food. That will be the next post!
For now, here’s his schedule (again, because I totally would have loved to have seen this about a month ago!):
7am – 6 ounce bottle, oatmeal
9am – sometimes we move oatmeal to here – depends on our schedule!
11am – 6 ounce bottle
3pm – 6 ounce bottle
7pm – 6 ounce bottle, oatmeal, peas (one cube worth)
9:30pm – as much of a 6 ounce bottle as he will eat
1am – 4am (somewhere in here) – almost all of a 6 ounce bottle
Sometimes we vary between 3 1/2 & 4 hours, and sometimes he doesn’t polish off the whole bottle.
But this is what we’re feeding the boy at almost six months!!