Spoon-Feeding Could Make Your Baby Overweight
When baby starts solids, you might want to consider letting him grab his own food instead of feeding it to him with a spoon. A study from Nottingham University, published in BMJ (British Medical Journal), observed 155 children, ranging from ages 20 months to six years old. Researchers gave their parents questionnaires on whether or not they let their babies start solids by feeding themselves finger foods or whether they spoon fed them. Researchers found that kids who were spoon-fed preferred sweet flavors to more bland ones and were more likely to be overweight -- even after they took into account birth weight, how long the babies were breastfed and their parents’ income.
Experts believe that self-regulated eating could be an explanation for the differences in weight. If baby’s eating finger foods, he can decide how much he wants to eat, but if you’re spoon feeding him, you might give him everything left in the jar or bowl. Dr. Ellen Townsend, who led the study, believes that having babies eat on their own will set them up for healthier eating in childhood. These findings could affect how parents decide to wean their babies or how early they decide to let their babies eat on their own.
What do you think? Do you take extra steps to make sure you’re not overfeeding baby?
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