Whether you’re an experienced parent or this is your first go at it, parenthood can be rough to navigate. Figuring out what your baby needs can be hard to decipher, especially when it comes to hunger and satiety. The last thing you want to do is to keep your baby hungry, but between sleep regressions, growth spurts, and digestion issues, it can be difficult to tell if they’re getting enough nutrition. If you are confused about adding more to their diet, check out these signs that your baby needs to eat more often.
When you become a parent, you quickly learn that your baby’s needs keep changing and your routines need to change with them. Dr. Gary Kramer, M.D., a Miami-based pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics tells Romper that for the first year, babies will have growth spurts and intermittently increase their frequency of feeding, accompanied by behaviors like fussiness, frequent waking, and increased hunger.
So it’s completely normal to periodically up the amount you feed your baby, because the more they grow, the more food they’ll need. But if you feel like your baby is extra fussy or always hungry, make sure to reach out to your pediatrician for any concerns. In the meantime, here are a few signs that may indicate your baby needs more to eat.