When we first brought MK home we were to feed her every three hours and "x" amount of ounces. Because of her extreme low birth weight we weren't allowed to let her sleep or tell us when she might be hungry. So I constantly watched the clock. When three hours passed I fed her, I knew how much she was eating and I even recorded how much she ate. At the end of the day I could even tell you how many calories she consumed and I was supposed to know. I realize this totally goes against Babywise and many, many other books. But I have also come to realize that aliens must have written more than half of the baby books out there. That's probably another reason why I just couldn't handle nursing - I never knew how much she was getting and then I would start to freak. As MK has gotten older she now goes 4-6 hours between feedings. But I still watch the clock and I still add up all the calories in my head to ensure that she is eating enough to grow adequately. I have gotten a little better at letting her tell me when she's hungry, but I still start to get knots if it's been longer and she doesn't seem hungry or if she doesn't take all of her bottle. My point here is that when Dr. G told us how often and how much to feed MK I followed her directions precisely and even appreciated that I had something to go by.
That leads me to my problem. I can completely and totally handle the bottle stuff. I can watch the clock and remember how many ounces she has taken. But what I don't understand at all is baby food or just feeding your baby food in general. I don't know how much she is supposed to eat. I don't know how often I should offer her snacks versus meals. And just in case you haven't noticed, baby food has minimal calories and with this baby we need calorie rich food. I seriously need directions. Clear, simple and concise directions because this baby food/table food thing is so very confusing for me. So maybe some of you out there can help me...
Little background info before my questions:
MK is still taking four bottles of formula a day. MK has been eating baby food two to three times a day for quite some time now. Recently however that has changed. Now that she can feed herself she prefers to do that and doesn't want us to feed her. So I am now trying my best to find any types of food that she can feed herself. Also, I know this sounds ridiculous but Travis and I eat a lot of foods that have added spices or things that she's just not quite ready for yet, so I find myself fixing our meals and then fixing her stuff. I don't have a problem preparing both, but just need some ideas because there are many times where I can't just feed her off of my plate.
1. How many times a day do most one year olds eat food? (I realize all children are different.)
2. What are some quick and easy finger foods that you especially like? (Veggies, fruits and especially meats)
3. Do you have any creative ways to prepare food that you can use for a few days at a time?
4. What kind of schedule do you have for feedings? (Example - 8am:bottle, 9am-food, 1pm bottle, 2pm food)
Oh, and we are supposed to start adding whole milk. One, she doesn't seem to like the milk and two, she hasn't quite figured out the whole sippy cup thing.
1. Should I supplement a milk bottle for one of her formula bottles or should the milk be in addition to the formula? Just curious as to what others do.
Wow. I have more questions than I even realized. HELP!