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    My 5.5 month old DD has been on solids for a month now. She has two meals a day and my paed said to start her on 3 meals a day at 5.5 months, but I'm unsure what times to feed her. At the moment this is generally what she eats and drinks:

    8am 150ml bottle 1/3 rafferty packet of fruit purée

    9:30am nap

    11:30am 200ml bottle

    1:00pm nap

    3:00pm 150ml bottle and 1/3 packet of raffertys mixed veg purée

    6:00pm 150ml bottle

    7:00pm top up feed then bed.

    Then 2x 200ml bottles during the night.

    I'm I sure whether I should start to give her lunch after her 11:30 feed so I can give her dinner at the 6:00pm feed (meaning she will just have a bottle at 3:00pm)

    Or should I keep the same routine but add dinner at her 6:00pm feed?

    Either way I feel like she will be having 2 meals too close together. What do most other people do?

    She doesn't have a constant routine, the above is just rough timings, but I need to ensure she still gets an afternoon nap where she wakes about 5 and also goes to bed for the night at 7, so I'm worried about how I change the current bottle and meal arrangement just in case it messes up those two sleeps
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    Default When to introduce third meal.

    Hey.

    I'm not sure what your message was it appears to have been cut off. I didn't give my bub 3 solid meals until 6.5 months

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    Default When to introduce third meal.

    Sorry I accidentally started it without finishing it. The rest of the post is on there now.

    I'm moving to 3 meals at this point on advice from the paed as my DD has reflux and at 6 months I've been advised to go cold turkey on her reflux meds, so I want to get the extra meal into her ASAP in the hope it will help her stomach mature and grow out of her reflux.

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    Default Re: When to introduce third meal.

    I'd just give milk at 3pm, lunch at 12 - 12.30, dinner at 5 - 6.

    Btwn your bub drinks really well. I'd be lucky if DS finishes 120ml and he's nearly 9 months.

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    Default When to introduce third meal.

    Oh she doesn't drink all of that, that's just the size of the bottle I make. She will drink almost the full 200 at each night feed but during the day she has between 80mls and 180mls.

    I think I might do the earlier lunch and dinner after her 6pm-ish feed. Hopefully I can stretch her to 12 like you suggest.

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    My DS is just over 7 months and his day looks like this:

    7am - bottle 200ml
    8ish - solids - brekky - usually apple/pear or mashed banana/avocado
    9.ish - sleep
    11ish - bottle 200ml
    12ish -solids - lunch - mashed veg with lentils or something
    1ish - sleep
    Bottle when he wakes - 200ml
    4.30ish - nap - in his pram about 40 minutes
    5.30ish - solids - dinner similar to lunch
    6.00ish - bath
    6.30ish - bottle - 200ml
    7 - Bed

    He is still waking usually 2 times during the night - hoping this will end soon I usually give him a 50-100ml bottle at the 5am wake.
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    Default When to introduce third meal.

    Hi I've just started to introduce a third meal for my 5.5 month old boy. His day typically looks like this:

    7am- 250ml bottle
    8.45am- nap (40mins)
    9.45am- breakfast (fruit purée with rice cereal)
    11am- 250ml bottle
    12.00- nap (40mins)
    1.30- lunch- (veg purée)
    2pm- nap (40min)
    3pm - 250ml bottle
    4.30- nap(40mins)
    5.30- dinner- veg or fruit purée
    6pm- bath
    6.15pm- 250ml bottle
    7pm- bed

    He doesn't have any night feeds (although still usually needs to be resettled at least once)

    He will prob eat about 2 tablespoons of food. About a quarter to a third of one of those raffertys garden packets u mentioned. He finishes all his bottles usually too.

    If I could change the catnapping I would but nothing seems to work, do have now accepted it and worked around it. I was hoping the introduction of solids would do the trick...still hoping!!!

    It sounds like your daughter is on the right track with it all though

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    My nearly 6 month DS daily routine is as follows:

    7am 200ml bottle
    8am 4 tablespoons yoghurt
    9am sleep
    11-11:30 wake and 200ml bottle
    12-12:30 4 tablespoons fruit
    1pm bed
    3-3:30pm wake and 100ml bottle
    5pm 4 tablespoons veggies
    6:15pm 200ml bottle
    6:30pm bed

    He doesn't wake through the night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubblybell View Post
    If I could change the catnapping I would but nothing seems to work, do have now accepted it and worked around it. I was hoping the introduction of solids would do the trick...still hoping!!!

    It sounds like your daughter is on the right track with it all though
    Yeah DD also catnaps and I too am waiting for her to out grow it. Especially as she only sleeps for 5 minutes on occasion!!

    Zephanie, has you DS ever catnapped? It sounds like he's getting some good sleeps during the day. Any tips on how you do that?

    Also, for those of you who feed their bubbas as soon as they wake up, do they take a full feed? I try feeding DD first thing but she never drinks much then is hungry when I go to put her down for her first nap.

    Thanks all for your responses!!

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    I have been feeding DS at 7am every day this week to get him into a routine - it's working. If he wakes up a little earlier we have a play first and then a change before his bottle. He takes his full bottle (most of the time) at 7am.


 

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