Would you wait to feed him?

@4cuteboys (4102)
United States
May 18, 2007 9:51am CST
My son is 6 1/2 months old, and if you have read any of my other posts he is a cranky pot. lol. Today he had a bottle around 630 and now its 1050 and he is actually playing and showing no signs of crankiness or hunger yet. Should I just be pre-emptive and make him a bottle and try and feed him, or is it wise to just let him be when he is like this?
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@ladyljs (1303)
• United States
19 May 07
I would try. You don't want to be up later on feeding him when he decides that he is hungry. I used to do this with the twins...it seemed a little strange, but they would sleep a little longer! GOOD FOR MOMMY AND BABBY! LOL
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@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
19 May 07
SLEEP IS GOOD!! This mommy misses it. lol and it's only going to get worse!
• Canada
18 May 07
i think everyone has different vies on this. some people like to keep the same schedule and some people will only feed the baby wants to feed and is hungry. i think you can't force a child to feed if they aren't hungry. i'd say let him be for now. but if it goes on for another hour or so i'd say feed him by then. he might be too busy playing and might forget to eat. but i think it's ok to let him have fun for now.
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
18 May 07
I am a very schedule oriented person, but if he is finally not cranky~ let him play. He will let you know when he is hungry. Enjoy this time that he is a delight:)
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
18 May 07
Yes, not five mins after I posted this he was hungry, hahah!!!
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@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
18 May 07
That's good. That means he knows his schedule:)
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@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
18 May 07
I know! He hasn't been one to miss a meal, and I am glad about that. I worry when my kids don't want to eat!
• United States
18 May 07
When I first started having children I would feed them by the clock, but the doctor told me not to do this because it promotes obesity. So I changed over to a feed by demand type attitude. It worked great for us, the only downfall I had was the late nights. My children wouldn't sleep through the night for anything. If I remember correctly they were all almost a years old. My last child is different because she doesn't feel hungry. Since she has a feeding tube and can not eat orally we have to feed by the clock. Having done both I personally perfer on demand type feeding.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
18 May 07
Wow, almost a year old! By the time my son is almost 1, I will have another baby..ahhhh!!! Yeah I think on demand is probably best too, but thats probably because I am a pretty unscheduled person, haha!
@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
19 May 07
No, this is a good thing! Don't force him to eat if he's not hungry, wait for him to let you know he's ready for food, then get it for him. You could try making a bottle but don't give it to him if he's not asking for it. It's like in the old days when the nurses etc used to make mothers wake their babies to feed but it's now changed so that you only feed on demand - there's no point in trying to feed a baby if he's obviously not hungry. I reckon just have something ready & just let him play until he wants something!
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
18 May 07
When my daughter was little- I had her on a schedule- But only you know your son. Will he lose the niceness and become cranky if you try to feed him now? Will feeding him now- stop his crankiness later if he becomes too hungry? I think I’d let him be until he starts to act a bit grumpy- then get it ready right away! And then if he Is still grumpy- the next time you know to feed him earlier-
• United States
18 May 07
I was a "she'll let me know" feeder. Still to this day we both hate eating to a clock.
• United States
18 May 07
I always let my son tell me when he's hungrey at that age. They will let you know. When they are playing they are also learning. At that age, I tried to wait on my son.