Give a range for feeding time. Cannot stick too strictly.
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Is it very impt to follow a meal schedule? eg if my girl takes her breakfast at 9-9.30am , lunch at 1.30-2pm, snack at 4-5pm, dinner at 7.30-8pm, then if sometimes she went to nap at a later time n then woke up past her meal time, should i just give her the meal when she wakes or skip it? eg if she naps till 2.30pm, should i give her lunch at 2.30-3pm or skip it n give her just milk or wait till her snack time? what do mummies here do?
and.. i heard its bad to take solid too near to bedtime but how near is near? if my girl sleeps at 9.30pm, can i still give her dinner at 8pm? like 1.5hrs before her bedtime? or should it better be earlier? i used to give her dinner around 6pm but then i realised most of the time she is sleepy or sleeping at this time so i delayed it till 7.30-8pm. this way she sure can have her dinner at the same time everyday n maintain a schedule but a bit worried if its too late for her meals since her bedtime is at 9.30pm...sometimes i make her sleep at 8.30pm so i give her dinner at 7pm..
Last edited by annie; 18-10-2009 at 01:47 PM.
Give a range for feeding time. Cannot stick too strictly.
my 8 mths baby takes cereal before she sleep. cannot ?
immediately after cereal then sleep ? cannot.. its bad for their digestion n might produce wind or so..imagine your body including brain n organs need to rest but you make them work extra at night cos they need to digest the food... milk is easier to digest thus its ok to give before bedtime. i ever thought of giving my girl food(not main course eg cereal or porridge) before her bedtime ut everyone around me say better not so i give her her last pc of food 1.5hrs before her bedtime at most..
how is your baby doing on this schedule? more night wakings or sleep alot better?
I think food 1.5hrs before bedtime is ok. Usually before my baby's nap or bedtime I will feed him milk instead of solids. This is my baby's time table:
8am: breakfast + milk.... morning nap (1.5hr)
11am: lunch (porridge) + water
2pm: milk... afternoon nap (1.5hr)
5pm: dinner + milk
8pm: milk.... bedtime
i give my girl milk before bedtime also. i realise she likes to suckle alot. maybe just comfort sucking throughout the day if we are home. if we are outside she dont seem to need that much suckling... so ive been demand feeding her(breastfeeding)..
i like the idea of following a schedule also but not to the extend of waking her when she is sleeping cos i feel sleep is impt to baby..
There are pros & cons to following a strict timing:
Pros: they know when it's meal time
Cons: their stomach will get gastric very easily when they go to school in future & timing is not very fixed
I started off with a strict meal time but with some flexibility (if he is sleeping, just feed him when he wakes up).
Then as he gets older, his mealtime is a range of timing, not fixed. Cos it also depends on whether we bring him out, what time his enrichment classes start/end, etc.
stonston, so when he wakes up like 3pm then how? you give him lunch at 3pm ? cos sometimes i thought this timing a bit strange for lunch.. too late for lunch yet too early for dinner so i wonder if i should simply skip lunch n give her snack at her snack time (4-5pm) or give her a late lunch when she wakes at 3pm n then skip her snack...
oh my girl sleeps ok for her naps but she dosent sleep long for her night sleep.. always 9.30pm-7.30am.. only 10hrs.. she will only be able to sleep more if i put her to bed earlier like 8.30pm.. cos no matter what time she sleeps, she wakes up at 7.30am lol. so on days when im out till late n back only around 11-12, then she sleeps at this time n wakes up at 7.30am~
sometimes when im out whole day then she will only be able to catnap 30mins in her pram so total naptime is 1hr only n night time 10hrs.. its like miserably little... so i feel her sleep time is very precious hehe
i feel she looks so peaceful when she sleeps so i cant bear to disturb her also haha.
Alicia's meal times are also flexible, depending very much on what time she wakes from her sleep and nap. I hardly ever wake her from her sleep or nap unless i feel it's necessary (like when we need to go somewhere). Read somewhere that it's not good to wake a baby up from zz. Anyway, she's still only on 2 meals a day (lunch and dinner) and sometimes if she wakes up early enuff to eat breakfast then she has one extra meal. Like Jumpy, she also doesn't sleep that much, so sometimes when she can sleep i just let her sleep...
Last edited by snowbear; 19-10-2009 at 03:45 PM.
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If he wakes up at 3pm and did not have lunch, I still give lunch, but skip snack. But end up later in the night after his dinner, he'll ask for food, so it will balance out.
it's not good to wake young children up from their sleep. Should let them wake up naturally on their own. Cos their brains are growing. & not all children require the same amt of sleep. Some children need more sleep than the recommended amount.
Nowadays he's so used to waking for meals that we dont't have to wake him when his meal times are approaching. He just wakes himself. So we seldom gotta wake him already.
But yeah, stonston got a point that when he goes to school his meals will become flexi or at least the timings will change. Guess in those situations no choice bahh. But now we're trying to move his mealtimes to be the same as us (me and hubby) so that we can eat together at the table
my girl always eats her meal with me (same time) lol.
3pm lunch .. i keep thinking its too late for lunch. timing seems odd so i always wonder if i should give or simply skip it..
I think if I were you, I would give snacks and not lunch.
I wake my son coz I want him to have a habit... Lunch time is between 11am to 12.30pm. I dont't want him to grow up starting to skip meals due to work or what... At least that was what my parents inculcated in me... Busy or tired also must eat. Even when I nap I will set alarm to wake up to eat, not hungry also must eat at those times. But that's just me laa.. I just feel that having 3 main meals at somewhat fixed times is impt for our health. That's the general principle I go by. I think it's more the principle behind what we do than just what we do
My baby changes schedule every month. Now happy happy wake up middle of the night time sleep. wail for water. Wail very loudly, thought got nightmare or what. In the end only wants water. Then happy happy sleep half way, early morning like 3am, wail for aircon. We adults no need to sleep one.
Already 8months. Last time 5 months also not so troublesome. Can sleep from 8.30pm till 7am. Now older then worst.
Sometimes dont't nap, can climb around then fall off mattress, trap under chairs. Then crying...
Timing wise it's not good to fix the timing although we should try our best to eat at fixed timing. A variety of factors cause my boy's timing to off & it's not often (once or twice a month), so we do not insist that he wakes up to eat. Even as adults, we dont't eat on the dot everyday, do we?
Empty vessels make the most noise
yah ive never had a fix meal time in all my life lol. i eat when im hungry... if not hungry then i eat when i have the time.. hehe