While feeding your baby, understanding how much food he/she needs can be tricky. With a little knowledge and observation, you will easily be able to identify when you have fed your child the appropriate amount of food.
- Too much? Baby swallows slowly: Baby takes too long? Then they are more than likely satisfied. The amount your baby eats at each meal varies from one day to another. Rest assured, this is not unusual.
- Not enough? Your baby opens their mouth and turns towards you: Baby wants more? Your baby may still be hungry. Give them 1 or 2 teaspoons of fruit or vegetable puree after their meal. At the following meal, try to gradually increase the number of teaspoons of fruit or vegetables from 1 to 2 or more.
- Too much? Baby turns away from the spoon: Baby leans away from the spoon? Your baby is probably satisfied. Don’t force your baby, they will no doubt eat more at the next meal.
- Too much? Your baby spits out familiar or usual favourites: Baby doesn’t want anymore? Don’t insist… your baby is probably satisfied. Even if you think your baby has not had enough to eat, they will eat more next time.
- Too much? Baby is easily distracted: Baby prefers daydreaming? Your baby is probably satisfied. If nothing appeals to your baby, then don’t insist…