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All about raising an intuitive eater (and how to respect fullness cues!)

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Whether you feed your baby with purees or BLW, respecting their fullness cues is important. Even if babies can’t talk, they can show us they’re hungry or when they’ve had enough. It’s true! Here’s how to raise an intuitive eater.

WHY IT’S BENEFICIAL

  • Helps your child develop healthy eating habits
  • Allows your child to listen to their bodies from a young age
  • Shows your child they have control over how much food or how little they consume (self-regulation)
  • Can help your child learn to feed themselves
  • Makes mealtimes easier

SIGNS THAT YOUR BABY IS HUNGRY FOR FOOD

  • Leans toward foods and opens mouth
  • Gets excited when sees food
  • Focuses on the food and follows with eyes
  • If baby-led weaning, plays with food and smells it

SIGNS THAT YOUR BABY IS FULL OR NOT INTERESTED

  • Spits the food out or pushes your hand or food away
  • Closes their mouth when you offer food
  • Turns their head away from food
  • Cries when you try to feed them
  • If baby-led weaning, continues to play and throw food with no attempt to eat after 30 minutes, even after troubleshooting

Giving those first foods can be one of the most exciting things in the first year with baby, BUT we need to make sure baby is really ready for those foods first! Download my FREE guide to help you navigate this!

P.S. CHECK OUT THIS IG LIVE WHERE I CHAT WITH JENNY FROM SOLID STARTS ABOUT SELF-FEEDING, GAGGING VS. CHOKING AND MORE.

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All information presented on this blog, my Instagram, and my podcast is for educational purposes and should not be taken as personal medical advice. These platforms are to educate and should not replace the medical judgment of a licensed healthcare provider who is evaluating a patient.

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