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Why Should Parents Use Responsive Feeding With Their Babies?

Eating habits should learn since young, the habits we learn early can stay with us for a lifetime. Research shows that overweight babies grow into overweight children, who also grow into overweight adults. One of the best ways to prevent obesity is to start before they are 2 years old.

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It is important that babies eat when they are hungry and eat only as much as they need.

Many parents feel better if their baby eat more. It is not the right way when we push baby to eat more than they need or eat when they aren’t hungry. This will lead to bad habits and higher risk of obesity in long term. Responsive feeding is learning your baby’s cue for hunger and being full, responding appropriately to those cues.

Why encourage responsive feeding

  • Help you child to develop good eating habits

  • Help your child to learn how to self feed

  • Make meal time easier

  • Bond with your child

  • Lower risk of becoming overweight

How to practice?

  • Make sure your child is comfortable and minimize distraction

  • Watch signs of hunger and fullness

  • Respond to their cues promptly. For example, let your child stop eating when he or she is full

Learn the signs that your baby is hungry or full when she is eating solid foods

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When your baby is hungry, she may

  • Lean toward food and open her mouth

  • Get excited when she sees food

  • Focus on and follow food with eye

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When your baby is full, she may

  • Spit out or push away food

  • Fidget or get distracted easily / Play with her food

  • Close her mouth when you offer food / Turn her head away from food

Why Responsive feeding is important? If don’t practice responsive feeding, you override your baby’s own internal hunger and fullness, may affect baby’s ability to self regulate or control his eating and emotions.

Let your child to decide.