Feeding a baby can be a challenge, to say the least. The fact that they're unable to use words to tell you what they need can make matters even more difficult, sometimes causing parents to wonder if they're making mistakes when it comes to feeding their little one. Although feeding a baby is fairly intuitive and routine for most parents, there are a few things you should never do to get a baby to eat, no matter how long it's been since their last meal.
Aside from the fact that "forcing" your baby to eat will be much more difficult than simply waiting to respond to their hunger cues, there can be other dangers involved in force-feeding your baby, like overfeeding, underfeeding, and establishing poor associations with food.
Believe it or not, good eating habits can and should be established during the first year of life. Unfortunately, many parents fail to realize the importance of building a strong food foundation from the get-go. Whether your baby has been a good eater from the start and only recently dealing with difficulties or you've always struggled to establish a consistent routine, knowing what not to do is as helpful as knowing what to do when it comes to feeding your baby.