8 month old starts daycare on tue

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Registered: 09-26-2008
8 month old starts daycare on tue
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 6:12am

My 8 month old is starting daycare parttime on tue.

Katie mom to Phillip (12/01) and Sarah (5/12/09)


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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 12:03pm

I agree with Dana on the total amount being high. I would send some solids to daycare and a bottle and skip the solids at home on the days she is at daycare.

It can help to keep in mind that breastmilk has more fats and calories than most solids (an exception is Avocado) http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/babyfoodcalories.html

Also as to the choice of solids, there are more nutrient dense choices than the infant cereals. Many moms skip them altogether and the thinking on this being a "good" first food has changed in recent years. http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/first-foods.html

This might help too with some sample menus to give you an idea on amounts of solids: http://www.mother-2-mother.com/samplemenus.htm

I know you asked about percentages - this is one guideline: "Some toddlers are eating very few solids, or even no solids, at 12 months. This is not unusual and really depends on your child - there is quite a big variation. We like to see breastmilk making up the majority (around 75%) of baby's diet at 12 months. Some babies will be taking more solids by 12 months, but others will still be exclusively or almost-exclusively breastfed at this point. It is normal for baby to keep breastmilk as the primary part of his diet up until 18 months or even longer. An example of a nice gradual increase in solids would be 25% solids at 12 months, 50% solids at 18 months, and 80% solids at 24 months. " http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/toddler-foods.html

As for her being in the 25% this is fine. WE see perfectly healthy babies that are only in the 3rd percentile and some not even on the charts.

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Thu, 01-14-2010 - 8:52am

I would definitely agree with your plan to send a small bottle and some solids to daycare since she doesn't do really well with the bottle.

However, I do feel like the total amount of solids she's getting is pretty high. Typically, we'd only see 1 (or maybe 2 small) meals at 8 months, rather than 2 large meals and a snack which is what I think you're proposing. Would it be possible to stick with one real meal plus a snack and just have one of those happen while she's away from you?

Does that make sense or am I understanding wrong? I haven't had my morning soda yet so I'm still a little fuzzy.