Why didn't we know this before?
The other day a very worried Dad...told me that their one year old son was eating less and less every day.
They had been advised to let it be and allow the child to eat as much as he wants.
But they were not able to convince themselves to do that.
And there were tears and fights and stress at home because of this.
"Relax" I told them
"A one year old will eat less than an eight month old.
That is perfectly normal.
Babies need to triple their birth weight in the first year. So they eat a lot when they are around 8-10 months old.
But they can't keep eating like that beyond their first birthdays.
Otherwise they will turn into giants. "
He could hardly believe his ears.
Why didn't we know this before?"
Well wrong expectations because of a lack of knowledge of physiology is extremely common.
And it is impossible to implement the answer of "What to do when.... "
If you don't know "What is happening?"
How can a parent follow
"Stop feeding your child. Let them eat whatever amount they want."
Without first explaining WHY.
No parent can stop feeding a child unless they have a good enough reason for it.
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