Understanding your baby's feeding cuesUUnderstanding your baby's feeding cuesUnderstanding your baby's feeding cuesEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZStephanie Gladman, RD, MHSc.;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE6.4000000000000075.9000000000000568.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Find out when and how to respond safely to your baby's interest in solid food and feeding cues.</p><p>You can begin introducing your baby to <a href="/Article?contentid=497&language=English">solids</a> at around six months of age. By about nine to 12 months of age, your baby will show signs that they are ready to feed themselves. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Babies can start pureed or mashed food at around six months, when they can hold food in their mouth and sit up and control their head independently.</li> <li>Never force feed your baby. Instead, understand that they can go through phases of wanting more, or less, food.</li> <li>Encourage your baby to eat a range of nutritious foods by demonstrating healthy eating habits. </li> <li>To prevent choking, always have an adult supervise a baby while they are feeding.</li></ul>
Signaux que manifeste votre bébéSSignaux que manifeste votre bébéUnderstanding your baby's feeding cuesFrenchNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZStephanie Gladman, RD, MHSc.;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Reconnaissez les signaux disant que votre bébé est prêt à ingérer des aliments solides et assurez sa sécurité pendant qu’il les consomme.</p><p>Vous pouvez commencer donner <a href="/Article?contentid=497&language=French">des aliments solides</a> à votre bébé vers l’âge de six mois. Autour de neuf à douze mois, votre bébé montrera des signes qu’il est prêt à se nourrir tout seul.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Les bébés peuvent commencer par des purées ou des aliments écrasés vers l’âge de six mois, alors qu’ils peuvent conserver la nourriture dans leur bouche, s’asseoir et contrôler leur tête de manière indépendante.</li> <li>Ne jamais forcer un bébé à manger. Plutôt, comprenez qu’ils peuvent traverser des phases où ils veulent plus ou moins de nourriture.</li> <li>Encouragez votre bébé à manger une variété d’aliments nutritifs et sains.</li></ul>

 

 

 

 

Understanding your baby's feeding cues1457.00000000000Understanding your baby's feeding cuesUnderstanding your baby's feeding cuesUEnglishNutritionChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)NANAHealthy living and preventionCaregivers Adult (19+) Educators Hospital healthcare providers Community healthcare providers Remote populations First nationsNA2013-09-27T04:00:00ZStephanie Gladman, RD, MHSc.;Elly Berger, BA, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, MHPE6.4000000000000075.9000000000000568.000000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Find out when and how to respond safely to your baby's interest in solid food and feeding cues.</p><p>You can begin introducing your baby to <a href="/Article?contentid=497&language=English">solids</a> at around six months of age. By about nine to 12 months of age, your baby will show signs that they are ready to feed themselves. </p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>Babies can start pureed or mashed food at around six months, when they can hold food in their mouth and sit up and control their head independently.</li> <li>Never force feed your baby. Instead, understand that they can go through phases of wanting more, or less, food.</li> <li>Encourage your baby to eat a range of nutritious foods by demonstrating healthy eating habits. </li> <li>To prevent choking, always have an adult supervise a baby while they are feeding.</li></ul><p>You may have noticed that your baby can start to pick up small objects such as toys and food using their thumb and forefinger. Developing this pincer grasp is a major milestone for your baby. They may soon be ready to hold a spoon and take part in feeding with you.</p><p>You will see that your baby can gradually pick up small bits of food like O-shaped cereal or cut-up pieces of toast. They can chew these foods with their gums and safely swallow them.</p> <a href="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/INM_NRC_track2-2_intro_to_food_pdf.pdf" target="_blank"> <figure> <img alt="Introducing food to baby download PDF" src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/INM_NRC_track2-2_download_pdf_EN.png" /> </figure> </a> <h2>Your baby's feeding cues</h2><p>Feeding your baby is an active process that you and your baby do together. It will take time for your baby to feed themselves on their own. The key is to share this special time with your baby by following their cues and abilities. It may take some time for your baby to understand what to do with the spoon of food in their mouth or how to chew and swallow solid food. Be patient. You baby may take a few weeks to really understand the idea of eating.</p><p> <strong>Never</strong> force feed your baby! Babies are very good at regulating the amount of food and fluid they should have. They may go through phases when they want to eat more and other phases when they want to eat less. Respect your child's wishes. Your job is to provide healthy, nutritious food and model good eating patterns. Your job is <strong>not</strong> to make your baby eat.</p><p>Babies who show an interest in food may watch intently as you eat, grab your food or utensil or open their mouths. Once your baby is into a routine of eating solid food at meal times, you may discover that they prefer some tastes or textures to others. Sometimes you need to offer a food 10 to 20 times on separate occasions before your baby or child will try it. Your child will be more likely to try a new food if they watch you eating it.</p><h2>Safety issues</h2><p>Babies need to be closely supervised by an adult while they are feeding. Your older children may enjoy helping to feed your baby, but they may not realize what textures are appropriate for your baby or recognize the signs of <a href="/Article?contentid=1463&language=English">choking</a>. Do not let older children feed a baby or young child unless closely supervised by an adult.</p><h2>Dealing with messy mealtimes</h2><p>Feeding babies is certainly a messy time. Do not sweat it when food spills and falls on the highchair or floor. As your baby's co-ordination improves, they will eat more and leave less behind. A splatter mat may help.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/nutrition_and_heart_conditions.jpgUnderstanding your baby's feeding cuesFalse Learn the signs that your baby is ready to feed themselves and find out how to keep them safe while they eat solid foods.