Eating used to come so easy when you were only responsible for feeding yourself—babies are a whole different ball game. The most common question is how do you tell if they’ve had enough? Here’s a simple breakdown of the signs to help you solve the enigma.
Typically, once they’re done dining, babies will:
- Turn their heads from the breast or bottle
- Spit out unwanted food
- Fall asleep
But, when you’re new to it, you can miss those clues and your bubs will end being too full—or still hungry.
“Sometimes parents will make the bottle’s nipple hole wider, so they can feed the baby faster, which can overwhelm them and make them briefly full,” explains parenting author Dr. Linda Palmer. The result is a baby clamouring for seconds sooner then you expect.
Palmer advises instead to feed on demand, and with patience; babies are surprisingly adept at regulating their intake—if you let them.
That being said, newborns fed on-demand might still need a little guidance; if they’re spitting often, becoming gassy, or showing the typical cues of being full but still going back for more, you probably need to shift direction: “That is a sign to slow things down, or distract them, do something else, and come back to feeding later,” says Palmer.