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Is it bad to only give her bottles instead of food?

My hubby works at night and sleeps during the day so he only has the energy to give our 9 month old bottles while im at work. When im there she eats baby food and some of our food. But does it really matter? can we just give her bottles?

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:51 PM on Jun. 29, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • at that age it is critical to give him all the nutriants that he needs. formula and breast milk have those nutrients, but your little one still should understand eating at certain times of the day (regular food) so he understands the idea of eating. It will help in the long run when bottle feeding is not enough

    Answer by starglo at 7:49 PM on Jun. 29, 2008

  • Talk to the doctor about vitamins. That may help.

    Answer by livy8199 at 8:39 PM on Jun. 29, 2008

  • If he's too tired to feed the baby, is he too tired to watch the baby? That would be one of my biggest concerns.

    Answer by mom2mybabes at 9:36 PM on Jun. 29, 2008

  • if hes too tired to feed her, it doesnt sound like hes properly taking care of your baby. bottles arent enough at that age. give him a liquid diet for a day, that will change it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:48 PM on Jun. 29, 2008

  • At that age, she should really be getting acclimated to eating different foods, and getting used to the idea of eating meals.

    My oldest baby was eating 3 meals plus milk by 9 months. (Then again, his doc put him on cereal at 3 months. It may have been different had he started at 4 or 6 months.)
    Also, by 9 months he had enough teeth and independence that he was eating soft foods and finger feeding himself.

    For her to have that independence, she has to have practice. Plus her growing body needs the nutrients.

    If you're still spoon feeding her, try putting whatever she's eating on her tray (our boy was fond of soft bananas cut to a safe size) and encourage her to feed herself. She may just be ready for that. If she isn't, that's ok too. She'll want that independence soon enough.

    When she is, it will make feeding time a little easier. Of course, always supervised, but you already know that.

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    Answer by Mangy_Momma at 11:48 PM on Jun. 29, 2008

  • I have ready that they recommend exclusive breast feeding until 6 months of age, and it's best to exclusive breast feed until 1 year. So I think that you're ok. As long as the baby is growing and happy, she's just fine. if she stops gaining weight or even worse starts loosing, then you should worry.

    Answer by Sammieanne at 1:46 PM on Jul. 1, 2008

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