All kids are different. Some babies will signal one way they are full and another will use a completely different approach to letting their caretaker know he or she is full. Fullness cues are important parts of baby feedings.
It’s important to learn your baby’s specific fullness cues. One of the most important early lessons you want to teach your child is to listen to their physical cues about hunger and stop eating when she is full.
It’s important not to keep encouraging your baby to eat after he or she has indicated she is done eating.
Even though you might be able to get your baby to take another bite or two of food, over time you may be teaching your baby to not listen to his or her own bodies and possibly overeat later in life.
It is important for babies to learn to listen to their internal fullness cues by age three.
What if your child is an overeater?
One of the best ways to prevent overeating is to encourage your child to do self-feeding by using fingers, spoons, and/or cups. If a child is serving herself, then she is more likely to stop eating when she is done without outside influence.
Have You Heard of Baby-Led Weaning?
Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) also known as self-feeding, is the process of skipping the spoon-feeding stage (baby food puree stage) and goingParents can achieve the same results as BLW through spoon-feeding by not overfeeding their baby, by sitting their baby with the whole family during mealtimes and by offering a larger variety of foods.
This doesn’t mean you will be giving your baby a raw carrot stick to chew on. You will make foods soft and age appropriate for your baby to eat. Check out our mega list of Baby-Led Weaning first foods/ finger foods.
Possible Signs Your Child is Full:
- Turns her head when you are trying to feed her
- Refuses another bite of food
- Shimmies hands flinging food off the table
- Throws food off the table
- Starts getting distracted and playing with anything and everything on the table
- Leans back in his chair
- Hands are pushing the spoon away
- Closes mouth and doesn’t reopen it
- Gets frustrated
Check out this article about if you’re choo-chooing your way to an overeater? It’s an insightful article about what not to do when feeding your child.
As your child gets older, she can better communicate if she is full. Check out the article about how to teach your child to listen to her tummy and not her mommy.