Not the most attractive videos in the world (sorry!) But to continue my post about portion sizes.... 🔬There is a concept called "responsive feeding" in child nutrition. It's very interesting and to some may seem obvious. But it's basically about bi-directional communications between a parent and baby: --> Providing food --> Reading signals from baby --> Responding appropriately = Baby learning how to respond and what to expect. 🎥These two videos show a very different response to food. One clearly shows that Raffy wants more: eye contact, engagement, open mouth. The second shows that he's fed up/had enough or is full up: turning his head away, clamping his mouth shut and showing he is not engaged with me or the food anymore. (I tried to get one without him moaning too, but check my insta stories for this over the next few days and I'll try again). 👼As I said, it may seem obvious, but for some working out portion sizes is very difficult. ✔️By attending to these kind of responses appropriately (not offering anymore food) you allow a baby to acknowledge their own signs of fullness and to understand that this means that the meal comes to an end when they feel full etc. When Raffy is older I'll also talk to him about his feelings of fullness too. ✋It can be difficult not to push baby to eat more sometimes, especially if they aren't eating well. But all this does is teaches them to ignore their own appetite cues and isn't great in the long term and for their relationship with food. It's a challenge, and I sometimes have to check myself too. 📆Importantly remember to look at what your baby is eating over a week NOT a single day or meal!
Today’s #babylunchmenu . I was feeling inspired today and wanted to change it up. This I made this faaancy lunch!! 🔸Lamb chop 🔸Garlicky broccolini 🔸Farro . I made #farro for the first time ever!!! Great news, EmmaLucia loved it! Farro is a whole grain, high in both #fiber and #protein. It has a rice-like texture but a earthy and crunchy feel. #instaggod#foodiebaby#sheatsbetterthanme . . . El #babymenu de hoy Me sentí inspirada y decidí cambiar algo en menu. No le tengan miedo a experimentar con sabores fuertes y nuevos. Puede ser que a sus bebés les encante! Menú de hoy: 🔸Costillita de cordero 🔸Brocolini al ajo 🔸Farro Nunca había cocinado el grano #farro. Para los que no lo conocer, es un grano integral, más grande y gordo. Alto en fibra y proteína. Consistencia similar al arroz pero más fibroso. Lo mejor de todo fue el Emmalucia le encanto!! 🙌🏼🐑🥦🍚
So many people have been asking me about portion sizes for babies. It's a topic that causes much confusion and anxiety for parents. How much should my baby be eating? The truth is, there are no official recommendations OR guidelines on what portion sizes babies should be having. This is for good reasons too. ✔️Babies are all VERY different and will have different appetites, growth rates, energy needs, activity levels and routines. For this reason it wouldn't be practical or indeed helpful to set guidelines on how much babies between 6 months and a year should be eating. 😕So how does a new parent know how much baby should be having? There are a few ways of checking this out, none of which are perfect, but they are the best tools we have to help. 1.) Get baby weighed fairly regularly - this will show you how well they are growing and therefore if they are getting enough energy every day. A baby that ISN'T eating enough, likely won't be growing very steadily. 2.) Check for tiredness, fatigue and lethargy. If you're baby is active, happy and awake for a lot of the day, they are likely to be getting enough. 3.) Let them guide you as to their hunger and fullness. Babies are actually very good at regulating their own appetite and are good at telling you when they are hungry, or when they are full. 🚫 Signs that baby has had enough include clamping their mouth shut and turning their head away. Listen to these signs and respond appropriately. If they seem like they want more, keep going. After a while you'll figure out your baby's own appetite and be able to make portions that are (more or less) appropriate. 💭Remember that their appetites also change from day to day. A useful way I've found of having enough for Raffy is to give myself the same food. If he wants more, he can have a little more of mine. It's not always perfect, but it seems to work. When baby gets to 1 year of age, there are some useful guidelines you can follow which offer a RANGE of