When you are hungry, you simply go to the kitchen and grab a bite to eat. You do not need to wait for anyone to go fix your meal, bring it to you, and help you eat it. Have you ever wondered, “why does my baby always want to eat?” This is a rational thought, and there are quite a few reasons why your little one is hungry quite often. You notice it because you are the one that has to get up and make each bottle or meal for your baby. If you sit back and consider all of the times that you get up and grab a snack from the kitchen, you will be surprised to see that your baby is probably not eating as much as you think he or she is and that you are snacking more than you thought you were.
1. Baby Is Not Eating More Than Normal; You Are Just Noticing It More
If you have made the switch from working outside of the home to working at home, this means you may be around your baby more. Many stays at home parents are more aware of the daily routine their little ones go through. It can seem quite shocking once you begin spending your afternoons with your baby exactly how much they eat. The routine is quite repetitive. Your baby may wake up; require a diaper change and bath and then breakfast. After breakfast is tummy time or playtime followed by a nap, and then after that nap is yet another mealtime. After lunchtime, you will spend time playing with your baby or getting some fresh air. Before you know it, dinner time is upon you, and your baby is eating again. Your baby is not eating more than normal, but you are merely home now and notice the routine of mealtime more than you did before.
2. Baby Is Going Through A Growth Spurt And Is Hungry More Often
When your baby goes through a growth spurt, you will notice an increased desire to eat. In many cases, your little one will eat their entire meal and still be looking for more food. It is ok to up your feeding amount during growth spurt times. During these times, your baby is burning more calories and needs the extra nutrients to keep them full and happy. If your little one is not yet on baby food, you may need to up the number of ounces in breast milk or formula. If you do not want to increase the amount of food during mealtime, you can incorporate healthy snacks throughout the day to curve your baby’s hunger.
3. Baby Is Now Eating Baby Food and Taking A Bottle
Once your baby is about six months to 9 months of age, you will notice a definite increase in the number of feedings your little one has. Your baby will now be happily feasting on both a bottle and a meal three times a day. You will feel as though you are constantly feeding your little one and always washing dishes. Based on the number of dirty sippy cups, bottles, and dishes in the sink, you will feel like you are feeding a tiny teenager rather than a precious baby. Do not fear; this is normal. Your little one is becoming a small person and enjoys his or her bottle as well as mealtime. Your baby’s taste buds are expanding, and so is his appetite. Enjoy this time because one day, you will be feeding a teenager, and then you will feel as though your child is eating non-stop.
4. Baby Sees What You Are Eating and Wants To Try A Bite
Your baby is curious. Your little one is looking around at everything in this new world. You will often see your baby looking for you in the room and taking note of all of the things in the room. Sometimes your little one will even coo at random objects because he or she finds them interesting. When you sit down for mealtime with your little one, you will have a routine. You may eat at the same time as you feed your baby, or you may feed your baby first and then begin eating your dinner. No matter what routine you are following, you can rest assured that your baby is noticing your food. Even though your little one just finished their dinner, they may try to reach for yours as well. Their taste buds are expanding, and your baby just wants to have a taste of your food. In some cases, it is acceptable to share; in others, you may want to hold off until your baby is a little bit older.
5. Baby Enjoys the Feeling On His Or Her Gums
An often-overlooked reason as to why babies want to eat more frequently is teething. When a baby is cutting new teeth, their gums become tender. Sometimes cold baby food or a teething biscuit will feel soothing on those aching gums. If you notice your baby showing interest in food and then swishing it around in his or her mouth, you should take a minute to check for any signs of teething.
Pay attention to these five reasons, and you may be pleasantly surprised to find out that your baby is not eating as much as you initially thought. The root of the increased food intake could be as simple as a growth spurt or teething. As your little one grows, so will his or her appetite. This is entirely normal.