Got a hungry toddler? Here are some hunger and fullness cues to watch out for during your toddler's development.
Nov 4, 2016
Knowing when to feed
Your toddler wants to be heard. Expressing his desire to eat and having you respond is important to his social and emotional development. Accommodate him best as possible, but don’t let him make the rules.
Banging toys and temper tantrums if hunger takes over.
Sounds, words and hand gestures are ways to get your attention and say “I’m hungry.”
Enthusiastically reaches for food wanting to feed himself.
Expresses desire for specific foods with words or gestures.
May resort to crying, or fussiness.
TOP TIP:Your toddler is learning independence, so feeding himself is a great way to practice.
Knowing when he’s full
Being independent means letting you know very clearly that he’s done eating and wants to move on. Your toddler will shift gears, becoming uninterested in his food from one bite to the next. It’s his way of making decisions and taking control.
Turns away or shakes his head to say “no more” or “all done.
Playing with or throwing food means mealtime is over. It’s playtime!
Covers his mouth or face with his hands.
May cross arms to show refusal of more food.
Chewing slows done and his attention is off somewhere else.
We believe that breastfeeding is the ideal nutritional start for babies.
During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed, or to introduce partial bottle feeding, could reduce the supply of breast milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, including the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.
We recognise that breastfeeding is not always an option for some parents. No matter your feeding choice, Nestlé Baby & me is here to share the latest information to help you feel supported and confident on your parenthood journey.
As every child’s development is different, be sure to consult with your health care professional for individual advice about feeding your baby.
By clicking "I understand", you acknowledge that you have read this information and understand that this website contains information about infant feeding and Nestlé's infant products.