Jaspy’s never really had the best of appetites. On some (rare) days he could finish four bottles and eat three good meals; but the majority of the time he barely finishes one bottle and doesn’t eat much at all!
He’s perfectly healthy and growing well so I don’t worry about his weight, however I do worry that he’ll become fussy, not be getting the right amount of nutrients and never sleep through the night.
With this in mind I’ve been persevering, and along with a fantastic sleep routine that I’ll be writing about later this week, been implementing a strict feeding schedule .. and you know what? It’s paying off!
On Monday, Jaspy surprised me so much that I actually shed a little tear! He ate so much and then did the exact same yesterday and so far this morning too! Here is an example of his feeding schedule and meal choices:
7:30am – 7oz bottle plus either bowl of baby porridge or oatmeal with full fat cows milk and toast with marmite. (He usually drinks 5oz of it)
10am – Remaining 2oz of morning bottle
11:45 – Protein based meal e.g. Cheesey chicken pasta or ham and cheese sandwich; plus veggie or fruit puree and yoghurt.
2:30pm – 7oz bottle
5:30pm – Carb based meal e.g. sausage pasta or chicken and mash; plus veggie or fruit puree and yoghurt
7pm – 7oz bottle
As you can see, for every meal I try to give him solids to feed himself plus puree. This is purely because a lot of his food ends up on the floor so at least I know giving him puree I can keep track of how much he’s eating. The Cow and Gate first taste purees are fab because I can give him a whole pouch of carrot puree while he’s feeding himself pasta and chicken pieces. He doesn’t like pouches with to many ingredients in so the first taste ones are fab!
His bottles do take him a long time to drink. Usually he’ll manage 4oz then have an ounce or two more half an hour later and then another ounce or so shortly after that. I don’t mind this at all as long as he has the milk.
What kind of meals does or did your 9 month old eat? I’m really hoping that his new appetite is here to stay and hope even more that it will help him to sleep! Stay tuned for his sleep routine as that’s been working wonders too!
Thanks for reading,