With the latest statistics showing a healthy birthrate here in Australia, it’s no wonder that there are a number of young and struggling parents out there. Many of us new to the parenting game are probably still trying to get our heads and feet around what it’s all about!
When it comes to being a new parent, one of the biggest trials or tribulations can sometimes be establishing a communicational baseline with your children. Simply put, how do you know what your non-verbal little person wants?
With practically no vocabulary in their repertoire, babies resort to other means of communicating to parents.
Hungry or Full
One of the things many parents probably wonder is how to tell for certain if their babies are hungry or full. Feeding at the right times is crucial not just to the physical but also the emotional development of the child. Healthy development among other things according to psychology rests in the timely meeting and fulfillment of basic needs.
So how does one tell when their little ones are hungry and when they are full?
Research suggests that as a rule of thumb, children might use different cues to communicate to parents depending on age and developmental stage. We’re going to do this by age for the purpose of clarity.
0 – 6 Months
A child of 0 – 6 months of age can and does communicate hunger and fulfillment of the same.
They may do so by putting their hands to their mouths or alternatively by clenching their fists. The might also angle themselves to face a feeder or the breast of the feeding mother. One more sign at this age is lip movement. Hungry babies between 0 and 6 months of age tend to pucker or smack their lips as well as lick them as a sign.
On the flipside, relaxed fists, a closed or sealed mouth and turning away from the feeding parent or feeder suggests a full belly!
6 – 24 Months
By this period, your child is a little further along developmentally and can do more by way of communicating needs.
You could expect a hungry baby within this period to use hand gestures as well as sounds and noises to indicate that they are hungry. They also become visibly excited when they see food and might open their mouths or reach for it as well. All clear signs of hunger!
It is also easier to tell if your baby is full as they will likely push food away when offered, shut their mouths tight or turn their heads to indicate that they are done with the meal for the moment.
The difference as you can see is by way of subtlety. Very young babies need their parents to be more in tune and attentive as their communication is soft and low key in a manner of speaking. An older child will be a little more assertive and easier to read!
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