What's an appropriate length of time...?

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My twins will be 1 on Thursday and are eating regular food and still weaning off of formula. What is an appropriate length of time to let them sit in the high chair with their food? I don't want to leave them too long and I also don't want to cut them off leaving them hungry.

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Nicole - posted on 12/09/2010

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I'm with Cheri on this. My daughter goes to daycare so that helped but she learned a half dozen signs to let us know what she needed, one being all done. I wouldn't expect your twins to be done at the same time but find a system that works, maybe watch how long it takes them to eat so you have something to off of. Good luck.

Renae - posted on 12/09/2010

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Until they stop eating and start just playing with their food. When my baby was 1 and he started messing around rather than eating I would pick some food up and offer it to him, if he opened his mouth I left him a little longer, if he shook his head to indicate "no" then he was finished.

Cheri' - posted on 12/08/2010

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i actually taught my son how to say all done, before he could say it i asked would ask him all done and put my hand out a certain way after i thought he was done and after about a week he caught on to it i would ask him all done? and he would put his hand out. maybe teach them sign language?

Amy - posted on 12/08/2010

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I agree, every child is different, so you just need to watch for there queues. For us we would watch how our son was doing and once he started playing with his food we would ask him if he's done, sometimes he would say yes or no, but most of the time he would either continue to play or start eating again.

Typically from what i've heard from others (and noticed from my son), if the child starts throwing food on the floor they are done.

Judy - posted on 12/07/2010

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Good question. Every child is different so a length of time can't really be prescribed. But children and babies know when they are full (as do adults, we just keep eating out of habit). Watch for them to slow down, or begin to play with their food. Keep track of the length of time that occurs. They will tell you about how long they need to eat. Once you have an average baseline, follow that time frame for clearing food.

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