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How many snacks does your 11 month old have during the day?

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NannyR Wed 03-Apr-13 20:39:00

I look after an 11 month old baby who has been more or less BLW.

As an example, his food today consisted of; 5am - bottle of formula, 7.30am - readybrek and a beaker of water, 9am - 6oz formula, 10.30am - quarter of an apple, a soft dried apricot and a rice cake (didn't really eat much of this sucked it, nibbled it, chucked it on the floor!) lunch - pasta, tomato sauce, grated cheese, olives, cucumber sticks, plain yoghurt and beaker of water, 1.30pm - 4oz formula, 3pm - breadsticks and hummus, 5.30pm - chicken, veggies and rice, fruit, water, bedtime - formula.

I don't really have any concerns about what he eats, he's a good weight, healthy and happy. He's very enthusiastic about eating and when you put food in front of him he tucks in with great gusto, however his parents see this enthusiasm as him being starving hungry and I'm constantly questioned about when his last snack was, what has he eaten, how much etc. I came back to work today after the long weekend to be told that they want him to have 3 or 4 snacks a day as well as meals as they are concerned he's hungry.

I'm at a loss as to how I can fit in more snacks and I genuinely don't think he is hungry. Does this diet sound ok for an 11 month old? A lot of what is offered does end up on the floor but he can feed himself pretty well and does seem to know when he's had enough.

Flisspaps Wed 03-Apr-13 20:46:20

Two. One in the morning at about 10, and one in the afternoon at about 3.

Most of it gets launched on the floor.

It sounds like he's eating more than enough to be honest. I'd be concerned about him overeating, especially if he would be having 3-4 snacks a day.

When I've got EY children in for childminding, their diet is similar to DS's and I only offer two snacks a day. There's constant access to water in their own sports bottles.

My DS might have:

7.30am - 6-7oz cows milk (he's 1 in a fortnight, we ran out of formula)

8.00 - Cereal (either multigrain hoops or Shreddies) and half a banana

10.00 - Cereal bar or dates

12.30 - sandwich, fruit

3.00 - Cracker and peanut butter

5.00 - Pasta, peas, pesto; greek yoghurt and fruit

6.30pm - 6-7oz cows milk

helgaw99 Thu 04-Apr-13 17:56:18

My DS doesn't eat anything like that much!
His day looks like this
6am- BF
7.30am- porridge and some water in beaker
11am- maybe a bread stick or rice cake
11.30- BF before nap
1.45pm- lunch- leftovers from our dinner from night before, fruit, yoghurt, carrot stick
No afternoon snack
5pm- tea- crumpet or sandwich etc, banana
7pm- bottle for bed

He is quite solid, not fat but solid!

Flisspaps Thu 04-Apr-13 18:37:37

Yes, my DS could be described as solid too. He was big at birth (11lb 7iz big) so don't let them tell you it's because he's big that he needs that much - he won't!

sharond101 Thu 04-Apr-13 22:30:34

Ds is 10mo he only really snacks on the odd breadstick or toast finger when I am preparing or having dinner to keep him occupied, I don't know where he would fit it in.

7.30am 4-5ozs milk
8.45am weetabix, fruit & cows milk + 2-3 toast fingers
10-11am nap
12pm soup with half slice bread + bowl custard
2.15pm 6ozs milk
2.30-4 pmnap
4.30pm meal of protein, veg + carbohydrate + some porridge if still hungry
7.30pm 8-10ozs milk

MillionPramMiles Wed 10-Apr-13 13:37:14

Similar to sharond, I don't really offer snacks to my 11 month old dd unless its while I'm preparing lunch or tea or if we are out and about and lunch is delayed a bit. Or to pacify her in the buggy :0
Generally she isn't hungry outside of meal times and she has her milk a couple of hours after breakfast and lunch. Once I start reducing her milk though at 12 months then I'll start offering more snacks, probably around 10am and 2-3pm.

If its any help the nursery dd attends offer snacks at 10am, 2pm and 5pm. But it think this is more in case any of the children don't eat much at their main meals. The snacks aren't huge, rice cakes and fruit generally.

VisualiseAHorse Thu 11-Apr-13 19:52:51

My 11.5 month old has:

7am - 7oz milk, small pot of cheerios and grapes/banana (very rarely gets eaten!)
10am - offered a sippy cup of water, plus something like a bit of toast that he's stolen off me.
11.30am - Water, and lunch of something like tomato pasta or cheesey pasta or oatcakes with fruit and cheese.
3pm - 7oz milk
5pm - dinner of pasta/rice dishes or potatoes and chicken etc.
7pm - 7oz milk.

50shadesofbrown Thu 11-Apr-13 20:22:09

Sounds a lot! My Dd who is 11 months has:

breakfast around 8.30: whole banana microwaved, about 2 tbsp baby rice mixed in, about 2 big tbsp Greek yoghurt. 6 oz formula.
Lunch: about 1 oz pasta & 1 oz tomato sauce, 2 oz fruit fromage frais. 6oz formula.
Mid afternoon: single baby biscuit, or a cut up pear, or about 1/2 slice bread with thin spread of butter. She doesn't always want anything mid afternoon.
Tea: about 5 oz in total of mashed potato, mixed vegetables, minced turkey OR shepherds pie & vegetables, OR rice, salmon, broccoli & cheese sauce. 6oz formula.

All home made. Water to drink throughout the day. She is a big girl (not fat but tall, strong, nearly walking) & is in 12-24 months size clothes.

I worry we don't feed her enough sometimes, but she is very vocal, happy & strong willed & makes it very clear if she is hungry.

Fairylea Thu 11-Apr-13 20:24:31

Same as Sharond here too.

It sounds an awful lot for a little one to me!

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