Understanding hunger & fullness cues

  • Your baby’s hunger and fullness feeding cues are more specific now, from a head shaking “no” to pushing the spoon away.

Your Crawler’s feeding cues are very direct nowadays. Remember his tummy is smaller and so he requires eating more times than you do. Pay attention to his hunger and feeding cues as he is learning how to respond to your behavior as well.

Knowing when to feed

It’s important to recognize hunger and fullness cues because your Crawler's tummy is small. Although the portions may seem tiny, he eats less, but more frequently than you do. You are learning hunger and fullness cues, and he is learning how to respond to your behavior.

 Crawler hunger cues:

  • Kicking his legs and banging on the high chair tray says, “Hurry up with the food, Mom.”
  • Puts his fingers in his mouth and is fussy.
  • Carefully watches as you prepare his food, and is excited when you present it.
  • Reaches for food when he sees it says, “Time to eat.”
  • Eats with full attention on you and anticipates the next bite. 

It is your job as a parent to provide healthy foods, but it is your child’s job to decide what and how much to eat.

Recognizing when he’s full

Your baby usually makes his wishes known when he’s full, and by now you know how to recognize them.

Crawler fullness cues:

  • Turns his head or leans away from the spoon.
  • Shuts his mouth tight and shakes his head “no” to say he’s had enough.
  • Pushes away his bowl and tries to knock the spoon from your hand.
  • No longer appears interested in eating and looks away from you.

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