Your Sitter’s feeding cues
- Attention on you, with a smiling face, indicates he’s not done eating yet.
- Your Sitter's feeding cues include turning his head from milk or food meaning “no more.”
- Babies are good at knowing how much they can eat. Take note of his fullness cues and don’t force the last spoonful.
Understanding hunger and fullness feeding cues
Now that your Sitter is busy exploring different tastes and foods, you’ll start to notice that his hunger and fullness cues have developed as well. Here are a few tips to help you recognize your Sitter’s feeding cues.
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.
Sitter hunger cues:
- 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.
Recognizing when he’s full
Whether breast-, bottle- or spoon-feeding, your baby makes his wishes known when he’s full. Tuning into your Sitter's feeding cues will also strengthen your bond.
Sitter fullness cues:
- 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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