Anonymous

Snack time?

Son just turned 12 months this weekend!! He hasn’t been as obsessed with whole milk as he was with formula so is it time to give snacks? How much and how often?

  • Lizzy Lou
    Nov 14

    We are on a tight schedule. Wake up 7 am Breakfast at 7:30 am snack at 9:30 lunch at 11:30 nap 1-3 pm snack at 4 and small snack at 7:15 bed time at 7:45.

  • Julie
    Nov 14

    Any snacks anytime you or he wants:). But really, babies eat less food because their tummies are smaller. So I feed my daughter three “regular” meals a day as well as at least two snacks. I follow her daycares lead and they are basically offering the kids either a meal or a snack every 2 hours!! I also always have her water and milk sippys on hand. Milk she’s offered whenever she’s in the high chair but the water sippy is always on the floor in her reach.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 14

    Lizzy- does he still get milk? Or is milk just offered with meals?

  • Anonymous
    Nov 14

    Julie- thank you! That helps. Every 2 hours. When you give snack do you put her in her high chair? Or is it more casual? Just crackers and a cheese stick or something more formal?

  • Julie
    Nov 14

    I do both depending on mess level. If it’s something I can vacuum easily I will let her eat on the floor (like dry rice crispies and raisins or Annie’s cheddar bunnies). But I try to make sure she is in her chair if it’s messy. She loves frozen blueberries, I think they soothe her gums. Those are obvious mess makers and no matter how many times she tries to convince me I make her get in her chair for those! But any fruit or steamed veggies are chair foods because I at least know the range of where I’ll need to clean. Lol.

  • Julie
    Nov 14

    Also, these are great for cracker or yogurt melt or even raisin type snacks. They help reduce the mess quite a bit! There are tons of variations on these, I like the munchkin brand because the flaps are soft and don’t hurt their little hands. There are probably others that are just as good. But these are also helpful for when you’re driving around and you want to hand back a snack for your little to munch on.

  • Deanna
    Nov 14

    Our pediatrician always says no longer than 2 hours between eating- 3 meals and 2 snacks. Works for us!

  • Lizzy Lou
    Nov 14

    He get 5 oz whole milk with breakfast, lunch and dinner. He doesn’t always drink it all. And that’s ok. He has access to water and knows the sign language for milk and water. So if he asks for milk and I know he only had 2 of the 3 oz I will give him a cup with 3 oz in it.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 14

    Thank you Lizzy!

  • Anonymous
    Nov 14

    Deanna- how much milk? Just not sure how much to offer. Obviously when he had formula he had 30oz a day.... just don’t know how to adjust to milk

  • Julie
    Nov 14

    My pediatrician initially told me to aim for around the mid teens for total milk consumption in a day. I just took my daughter for her 15 month well checkup and she’s doing great with solids but still loves her milk and is drinking around 20oz or more per day. I was concerned but my pediatrician said that’s still not bad. I think the biggest concern with the milk is that it has been shown to block iron absorption.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 14

    Thank you Julie! Did you do a gradual change or did you pick a schedule and stick to it one day? I’m worried with dropping from 30 oz to even 20 oz of milk he’ll be hungry, or wake up hungry?

  • Julie
    Nov 14

    I do everything gradually:). Everyone says I Baby her and my response is usually, “well that’s appropriate since she’s a baby!” Lol. What I did was slowly reduce the volumes of her bottles by one oz for about 3-4 days at a time. So I started with her AM bottle and reduced it from 6 to 5 oz but kept the others the same and then a few days later I reduced her mid day bottle by an oz and so on. I noticed that she never was as interested in her second bottle so for that one I dropped it down to 4 oz and she usually won’t even drink all of that. For her afternoon bottle she still drinks quite a bit so that ones still at 6 and she usually only drinks 4-5 oz now. But since She’s taking that at daycare right before I pick her up for a long commute home I still keep that one big in case she wants it. Her early morning bottle is pretty low, about 4 oz at most. Her night bottle is still the biggest and I am going to slowly start tackling that one too. Also when I say bottle I’m really meaning sippy except for the night one. That one is going to be sooo hard to convert to a sippy because she loves the bottle before bed!! I have noticed that with the gradual decrease she has also gradually increased food intake. I think she is eating more than enough overall but I would like to eventually be at the 15-16 oz range for milk throughout the day. Her dr doesn’t seem concerned at all so that’s good. I think overall as you ramp up the meals and snacks your LO will naturally decrease his milk intake as well. But at the same time, they’re still our babies right!?! 😭😭. Haha, I am just not cut out for dishing out tough love. Lol.

  • Anonymous
    Nov 14

    Again Julie, thank you!!!!! Seriously, this is too much! 😂 I never expected my life would turn into constant thinking about nap schedules and whole milk switching..... sheesh lol

  • Julie
    Nov 14

    It’s definitely all consuming!! I was just asking my husband what I talked about before our daughter was born because I literally talk about her 95% of the time now. lol.

  • Anna
    Nov 16

    My daughter is 15 mos. and she’s still breastfeeding. To me, I don’t really think she’s eating that much solid food. Any advice to get her eating more? She just plays with it.

  • Lulu
    Nov 16

    @Anna same boat here! I just try to offer breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and in the meantime try not to worry because she is getting lots of nutrients from my milk.

  • Tamara
    Nov 17

    Hi everyone, so my son is 13mths,I haven’t switched to whole milk yet as to we only drink almond milk so still deciding,but he drinks enfagrow toddler transitions 9-18ths. Tell me if it’s good enough and it works for him but feedback is great! Here is his schedule: Wake-8am/8oz 11:30-oatmeal w/1tbsp peanut butter mixed,1 container of fruit and water in zippy cup with straw or sometimes 4oz form. Nap-12:30-2:30/3pm Dinner-3:30pm-bowl of whatever we cooked (spoon fed and usually eats it all) cup of veggies as well with every meal and a cup of water. Snack-5pm-veggie/fruit pouch and teether crackers/more water. Sleep-7pm-8oz bottle. Please let me know what you think cause I feel like it works but some days feel like I’m doing something wrong. Thank you! :)

  • Rocio
    Nov 19

    I sit my kids down for 3 meals and (fruit snacks) I do a lot of snacks thru out the day try to incorporate lots of different fruits. Sometimes they will snack often sometimes no so let them be your guide

  • Amy
    Nov 25

    When my daughter was a year old i gave her snacks 2-3 times a day. They usually consisted of fruits, veggies, cheese and crackers, a yogurt, etc.