It is truly difficult to know how much food is enough when you are just at the beginning of weaning. Therefore if you want to find out if your little one is getting enough food, not too much and not too little, then you should certainly read these few advices and tips just to make sure your child is getting the right amount of foods.
The frightful beginning
Just in the beginning, while baby is getting used to the whole thing of eating, he only needs a few mouthfuls. When you start giving him solids, he is still getting the most of his valuable nutrients from the breastmilk. That is why weaning at first is just about having some fun, learning and experimentation. By the way, your little one might find eating quite tiring because he is learning a totally new skill, so you should be of a fact that it is the best to let him decide when he have had enough. You can always heat up more food if your child would like a little more. As the weeks pass by, you can gradually increase solids. And at the end, when he is finally used to eating from a spoon, you might want to give him his food first and breastfeed him a little later. Also, you can slowly increase your child’s meals per day from one a day to two, then, eventually, three. Of course, there is no rush at all.
How to know is it enough?
The best advice any parent can possibly get is to be guided by your little one’s appetite. As long as he is well and has regular wet and soiled nappies, everything is totally fine. If you are a little concerned though, ask your health visitor to monitor your baby’s growth and weight gain to make sure he is thriving.
Is it very harmful to give too much?
You can stay calm and you should not worry about giving your child too much food. When he is full, he will turn his head away and refuse to open the mouth. If he seems hungry you can always give them some more food. It might be that baby is having a growth spurt or need extra energy because he is constantly in the move! The bottom line is most babies are very good at controlling their intake, but again, if you feel concerned, just ask your doctor to monitor your child’s weight gain.
Trying different foods is a must
It can take quite a while for little ones to learn to like something, so keep offering a variety of foods. Try offering even the ones your child has rejected outright in the past. Baby learns to like foods by becoming familiar with the taste and sometimes you might have to suggest a food several times before baby learns to like it. If it is new to him, just getting him to look at it, feel it or smell it will certainly help. Whenever it becomes more familiar, he will surely eat it. At least he will try.
Mixtures of the foods
As you probably already know, it is very important baby would get foods from the main food groups and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, meat, fish, dairy products and eggs. Your main goal is to get your little one to enjoy a balanced meal with the rest of the family by the time he is 9 to 12 months old, so you could all enjoy the lovely bonding experience of everyone eating together.
The main and very simple rule you should know, baby will show you everything: when he is hungry, when he is full. That is why you should stop worrying so much, just let everything go as it is and always know that you have your doctors number in your phone if you have any concerns.