Even if they can’t talk yet, babies have all kinds of ways to tell you when they’re hungry, and when they’ve had enough. When your child sends signals that she’s hungry or full, it’s important to respond promptly — and in a way that’s warm and loving.

This is called “responsive feeding,” and it’s a great way to help your child get a healthy start in life. Think of it like this: you provide, your child decides.

There are so many things! When you practice responsive feeding you can:

At first, feed your baby on demand. But as he grows older, you can start to build a routine. A regular feeding schedule makes it more likely that your child will be hungry at meal times.

If you don’t practice responsive feeding:

Here’s what responsive feeding is not:

Feeding a baby takes patience, and it’s normal to feel frustrated at...

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