A couple physical and emotional milestones are reached during infancy. Infants develop the motor skills needed to eat (chew, drink, swallow, and self-feed) and they develop a lifelong relationship with food. The relationship an infant develops with food is heavily influenced by the parent’s feeding schedule, behavior, and routine.
- If a parent pushes food on an infant or child, the child may learn to overeat.
- If a parent gives food as a reward or because the child is upset, the child will learn to eat based on their emotions.
- “Clean your plate or no cake!” Forget the clean your plate rule. It does not work. Not only does it teach children to overeat but children also learn NOT to trust their normal hunger/full feelings.
- Children who learn to trust their natural ability to self-regulate food intake have a positive relationship with food and are healthy eaters. These children are taught to listen and trust their body.
- Children eat when they are hungry and growing. They decrease calorie intake during a slow period of growth and this is normal, not picky.
- Everyday will be different. Best advice- NEVER compare your child to another child. Each child is different and develops at different rates.
- One day your child will love a particular food and hate it the next day.
- One day your child will eat you out of your home and eat nothing the next.
Signs your baby is hungry
- Expresses a desire to eat by leaning into the spoon and opening mouth when hungry
- Communicates the meal has come to an end by leaning backwards or turning his head away from the food
- Ability to chew food in an up and down motion
- Shows an interest in your meal
- Reaches for food and effectively puts into mouth
Signs your baby is done eating
- Turns his or her head to food source (breast, bottle, spoon)
- Spits food out
- Interested in other things in his or her surroundings
- Throws food
- Arches back
Allowing the infant or child the opportunity to self-regulate their food intake might be scary for some parents. I know this anxiety very well. I was a skeptical parent. I now know it is one of the reasons I have never fought over food with my children. It is understandable why parents become concerned when their child refuses to eat. After all, we want our children to blossom into healthy individuals. Ironically, the more we push food on our children, the less they eat.
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