Your Crawler’s hunger & fullness cues

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  • Your crawler needs about 3 meals and two to three snacks a day.
  • Your baby’s fullness cues are more specific, from a head shaking “no” to pushing the spoon away.

Knowing when to feed

It’s important to recognize hunger and fullness cues because a baby’s tummy is small. Although your baby’s portions may seem tiny, he eats less, but more frequently than you do. You are learning his cues for hunger and fullness, and he is learning how to respond to your behavior.

Hunger signs

  • Kicking his legs and banging on the high chair tray says “Hurry up with the food, Mom.”
  • Putting fingers in his mouth and fussing, which lets you know he may be hungry.
  • Carefully watches as you prepare his food, and is excited when you present it.
  • Reaches for food when he sees it says “time to eat.”
  • Eats with full attention on you and anticipates the next bite. 

It is your job as a parent to provide healthy foods.  It is your child’s job to decide what and how much to eat.

Knowing when he’s full

Your baby usually makes his wishes known when he’s full.

Fullness signs

  • Turns his head or leans away from the spoon.
  • Shuts his mouth tight and shakes his head “no” to say he’s had enough.
  • Pushes away his bowl and tries to knock the spoon from your hand.
  • No longer appears interested in eating and looks away from you.

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