7 Signs That Your Baby Is Hungry
As a new mother, there are several things you learn simply by relying on your instincts. No matter how many books on motherhood you read, or...
1. Sucking Or Licking The Lips Constantly
This is the first cue that a baby gives you to signal hunger. When the little bellies begin to feel the need for food, babies start licking their lips. If you see your little bundle licking their lips, maybe it's time to feed.
2. Sucking Fingers & Other Objects
This is a cue that can confuse caregivers. But if you notice your little one grabbing things and trying to suck as if it were a nipple, it is definitely feeding time for your bonnie baby.
3. Trying To Root For Your Chest
Babies are intelligent little beings who know the person who is the source of their nourishment. So if you are carrying your baby and they begins to cling to your chest finding the food source, it's surely time for a feed.
4. Making An "O" With Mouth & Closing It
This action of opening and closing its baby mouth is a signal mother should be on the lookout for. When babies within 3 to 6 months of age do this, it can be an early hunger cue.
5. Trying To Suck On Chubby Toes
In addition to sucking their fingers, babies also try to suck their toes when they are hungry. Sometimes they do it just out of curiosity because till 6 months of age babies don't understand that hands and legs are all part of their body. But if your baby constantly sucks on their toes with little cries in between, it is food time for your little one.
6. Rooting Reflex
If you observe these signs and still feel unsure about your baby's hunger cue, try to put your finger on one side of their cheek as if you make a light dimple. If your baby immediately begins to root for the finger as if it were a nipple, this is a sure indication of hunger. It is a reflex which allows babies to latch on to their mother's breast for feeding.
7. Crying & Restless Behavior
These two actions coupled with hitting the arms and chest of the person holding the baby is indicative of either of the two things: either they are sleepy or hungry. First try to check if they accept a feed. If they refuse, then it is a cue for sleep.
So now that you know a few simple cues to tell if your little baby is hungry or not, stop worrying and follow the cue. Generally healthy babies will not fuss when it's their food time. The food troubles arise when they grow up a little. So till then breastfeed your babies whenever they are hungry, and watch out Diva Likes for more articles on fussy eaters.
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Contributed By: Kriti Mazumdar