Knowing when to feed
Knowing when to feed is an essential part of your baby's health and development. As his eating skills improve, you’ll quickly get the message when he wants to eat. He is learning new skills and letting you know it.
Supported Sitter hunger cues:
- Cries or fusses when hungry for milk or desires food.
- Opens his mouth wide and leans toward spoon once he sees it.
- May attempt to grab or swipe at spoon.
- Smiles at you during feeding as if to say, “I’m still hungry, keep it coming.”
Recognizing when he’s full
Responding when your baby is full by putting down the spoon can help set the stage for good eating habits, letting your baby recognize his own hunger and fullness cues. As a Supported Sitter, he's learning his own internal cues to eat only until satisfied. Most babies can regulate their own feeding, so you should never force them to finish the bowl.
Supported Sitter fullness cues:
- Stops sucking or slows down his pace and may fall off to sleep while breast- or bottle-feeding.
- Releases his latch from breast or bottle nipple.
- Keeps his mouth closed and may even cover mouth with his hands to refuse any more food.
- Spits out familiar food or turns his head away from it.
- Gets distracted and gazes around.