At every stage of a baby’s life, parents worry they’re not eating enough. Whether breastfed or bottle-fed, you often wonder if baby is drinking enough milk. When they refuse the bottle or refuse to nurse, you instantly think something may be up.
At every stage of a baby’s life, parents worry they’re not eating enough. Whether breastfed or bottle-fed, you often wonder if baby is drinking enough
milk. When they refuse the bottle or refuse to
, you instantly think something may be up. Though you probably attribute it to a lack of hunger, if it happens more than once, you definitely worry.
The same can be said once babies start eating solids. If baby doesn’t finish his baby food, you again wonder why he won’t eat. As toddlers, it’s even
worse. Toddlers are so busy running, playing, and generally exploring the world, that they often refuse food or eat little meals at a time. I’ve
learned it’s not so much that they’re not hungry, but that they just generally get distracted.
I can tell you it doesn’t get any better as your children grow older. I still worry about my almost-seven-year-old daughter if she doesn’t eat too
much. But, I also keep in mind (with both her and her baby brother) that babies know if they’re not hungry. They may not be able to tell you, but they
know if they need to eat or if they’re too full.
So, as I offer food to my toddler, I keep an open mind and remember that if he refuses, he’ll probably make up for it later. Here’s how I keep myself
from going crazy about him not eating:
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