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With a little knowledge and observation, you will easily be able to identify when you have fed your child the appropriate amount of food.

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

While feeding your baby, understanding how much food he/she needs can be tricky. With a little knowledge and observation, you will easily be able to identify when you have fed your child the appropriate amount of food.

 

  • Too much? Slows down eating: The heart’s not in it? Your baby is probably satisfied. Do you get the impression that they have not had enough to eat? Don’t worry, they’ll eat more next time.
     
  • Too much? Gets distracted easily: Baby loses interest? They are probably satisfied. You should respect this, don’t force your baby to eat more.
     
  • Too much? Closes or covers mouth: Baby refuses to eat? Then they are more than likely satisfied. According to their level of activity, the amount your baby eats at each meal may vary from one day to another.
     
  • Too much? Turns her head away: Baby snubs you? They are probably satisfied. Don’t insist as food should remain a pleasure.
     
  • Too little? Leans toward the food or spoon: Baby has eyes bigger than their belly? Your baby may still be hungry. Give your baby a few extra teaspoons of fruit puree after the meal.
     
  • Too little? Reaches for the spoon or food: Baby wants to take charge? They may still be hungry. 2 or 3 teaspoons of fruit puree should be enough to satisfy your greedy gourmet!
     
  • Smiles and looks at you while feeding: Baby’s in seventh heaven? Your baby is probably still hungry. Try and gradually increase the number of spoons of fruit or vegetables at the next meals. 

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