Can Babies Aged 8-9 Months Eat At Night?

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Good afternoon, I want to ask for babies aged 8-9 months what should be the provisions of the feeding time? Is not allowed to eat at night? If not what can be the causes and consequences if the baby eats at night?

1 Answer:

Hello Natasha,

Thank you for the question.

At the age of 8-9 months, babies have received MPASI (complementary foods). The frequency of giving this MPASI is around 2-3 times a day, morning and afternoon, interspersed with breastfeeding or formula milk, and added with snacks 1-2 times a day. The amount that can be given is around 1/2 a bowl of 250ml (200 kcal / day or 30% of the target calorie requirement) in the form of coarse-grained food or finger food. As MPASI is a complementary food, the mother must also continue to provide breast milk or formula intake, about 4 hours.

Based on the frequency of eating both with MPASI and breast milk / formula itself, babies are allowed to eat at night, as long as it does not interfere with their sleep schedule. The most important thing is to meet the baby's food needs in accordance with the schedule. In addition, here are tips for preparing MPASI at the age of 8-9 months:

 Give food with responsive feeding, which is based on signals of hunger and fullness from the baby, without being forced. Create a pleasant dining atmosphere. Make sure food is safe and hygienic. Wash your hands before preparing food and feed the baby. Reducing the administration of fruit juices as part of MPASI. Do not let the baby eat its own food by hand. Hopefully this information can help.

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