How much solid food should I feed my 6-month-old baby?

My son will be 6 months a week from today. We've been giving him solid food since he was 4 months. I was just wondering what is a good amount to give him? Is a jar of baby food too much for him? And how many times a day can we feed him? He's eating 24 - 30 oz of formula. His next appointment is on the 10th so I'll be talking to the doctor but I just want to make sure I'm not feeding him too much. Thanks!


Asked by Anonymous at 7:17 PM on Feb. 23, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The main goal with solids is to feed them at family meal times. So try to feed him 3 times a day close to when your family sits down to eat. As for how much, let him determine that- with reason. If he's still eating all of his bottle and a jar of baby food then that is a good amount to feed him.

    Answer by julipickle at 7:22 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • feeding on a schedule at this age is not necessary. solid foods are for experimentation only, not really nutrition since most of the nutrition comes from formula/breast milk. It may be different for formula fed babies though, I am not sure. my daughter got solids for fun, not on a strict regiment, for the first year and never really had jar food. At 6 months old I wouldn't think more than 1 jar in a day or so would be needed.

    Answer by celticreverie at 7:27 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • Whatever you do I would try to stick with the same schedule every day. once your lo is eating solids they get used to having their tummy a bit more full (even if they don't need the food for nutrition), and if you feed them 2 times a day one day, then switch a few days later to 1 time a day (less amount than the 2 times a day) your lo will have a hard adjustment not having that extra food in his tummy.

    We always fed our babies close to when the family ate because it made the most sense.

    My 4 month old eats half a jar at each feeding with cereal mixed in just to give you a guide.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:35 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • My daughter was eating a stage 1 jar at breakfast and dinner @ 4 months, and then about six months we started B, L, and D. But she was on regular milk at 6 months and wasnt taking as much. but she would let us know when she was full. She would turn her head away. and now she tries to pull the spoon away from us!

    Answer by babymaddy at 7:53 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

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  • You're the only one who can say if you're feeding enough or too much, honestly.

    My guys (at 6 months) were eating the equivalent of two stage 2 jars at each meal (with cereal mixed in with all the baby food) and they were still taking over 30oz of formula per day, plus 16oz of juice/water mixed and fingerfoods for snacks (split the juice in half for each snack lol)

    My guys were HUGE eaters!

    I agree with giving food at meal times, though. Why feed them "whenever" and have to switch it up later when they're older when they're used to eating with the family all along? Just seems more logical and straightforward to me. You know what the final goal is, so why shouldn't everything you do be one step towards that goal....instead of going along and then suddenly changing things up.

    Don't know...worked VERY well for us...

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 8:08 PM on Feb. 23, 2009

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