Your Sitter’s hunger & fullness cues
- Attention on you, with a smiling face, indicates he’s not done eating yet.
- Turning his head from milk or food means “no more.”
- Babies are good at knowing how much they can eat. Don’t force the last spoonful.
Knowing when to feed
At this stage, your Sitter’s menu may have expanded to include more cereals and baby food varieties. His excitement over food can turn mealtime into a fun, playful experience for the both of you. Take advantage of it.
- Still cries or fusses when hungry for milk or desires food.
- Reaches for spoonfuls of food.
- Opens mouth and leans in toward bowl or spoon.
- Stares at you while eating as if to say “I’m not done yet.”
Don’t force more food than your baby seems to want. Respect that he knows when he’s full.
Knowing when he’s full
Whether breast-, bottle- or spoon-feeding, your baby makes his wishes known when he’s full.
- Turns his head from the nipple, if it’s breast or bottle.
- Leans away from the food and may push the spoon away.
- Clenches his mouth shut and doesn’t allow you to feed him.
- Spits out food that he likes.
- Pushes away the bowl or whatever food is there.
- Slows down the pace, gets distracted and looks elsewhere.
- Falls asleep while feeding.
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