Newborn babies need to eat constantly, more or less, but their bellies are beyond tiny. It makes guessing whether they're still hungry a bit more difficult for the adults in charge of feeding duties. So knowing the signs your baby is full will help you know when meal time has ended for your little one. Until your baby is able to communicate more directly, it's the best way to gauge his need for more food.
For the most part, babies need to be fed whenever they display hunger cues, and the amount of food they need depends on their age. For instance, newborns need to have some food every 2 to 3 hours, whereas 6-month-old babies can eat every 4 to 5 hours, as noted by the Academy Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Rooting, lip licking, and fussiness are common signs of hunger in babies, as further noted by the AAP. Well, that's in addition to the most obvious hunger cue of all: crying.
Although even the youngest babies are pretty great at communicating hunger, it's harder to tell when little ones are done eating. They don't exactly push a chair back from the dining table or get up and bus their own plate. Good thing these are these signs that your baby is content and done eating so that you can be even more in sync with his needs.