How much should my baby eat?

Every baby is different so the amount they eat will be different from your friend’s baby. It’s not helpful to compare (although I know we all do it).

We should be offering small amounts and letting them ask for more. When I say small, I really mean small. Think about the size of their hand, a portion of veg for example, is a handful (this is in established weaning not first tastes). It doesn’t fill a plate. It’s also important to follow their lead and watch out for their cues of fullness. If we override these on a regular basis, this can be unhelpful later down the line.

Cues the are full:

  • turning their head away
  • clamping their mouth shut
  • crying
  • throwing food on the floor
  • playing with their food

What do you do if your baby doesn’t know when to stop eating?

  • Keep an eye on their weight – make sure they are tracking a centile
  • Ask yourself, is this a regular thing or could they be having a growth spurt or are they making up for not eating much the day before?
  • Give them a variety of different foods and let them ask for more
  • Use the portion size sheets I have give you to guide
  • If you feel they have had enough, you can end the meal. If they complain and they have had quite a bit, the chances are they will have had enough until the next meal or snack.
  • If you are worried about them jumping up the centiles, we can talk about the types of food you are giving and whether they need less energy dense foods.

Published by porternutrition

I am a freelance Registered Nutritionist with NHS, charity and private sector experience. My passion is for improving health without breaking the bank and spending hours chained to the kitchen. I work with all ages but have specific focus on the youngest of the community as they start their food journey.

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