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How can you tell if your newborn is hungry?

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There are many ways babies can tell you they’re hungry. They may make sucking motions, put their hands or fingers in their mouths, or you may notice that your baby turns her head toward you and opens her mouth if you gently stroke her cheek. Babies do cry when they want to eat, but it’s usually a late sign of hunger.

Try to get your baby to burp during and after her feeding. If she stops eating and falls asleep, or turns her head away from the bottle, those are good signs she’s had enough. If she cries toward the end, that may mean she’s hungry for more.

From: A Day in the Life of Your Newborn WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: “How Often and How Much Should Your Baby Eat?” “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up,” “The First Month: Feeding and Nutrition,” “Baby's First Days: Bowel Movements & Urination,” “Sleeping by the Book.”

Weissbluth, M. , Ballantine Books, 2003. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Mayo Clinic: “Crying Baby: What to do when your newborn cries.”

Stanford Children’s Health: “Infant Sleep.”

KidsHealth.org: “Learning, Play, and Your Newborn.”

Squires, J. and Bricker, D. , Brooks Publishing, 2009. Ages and Stages Questionnaires

The American Occupational Therapy Association: "Establishing Tummy Time Routines to Enhance Your Baby’s Development."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on June 25, 2019

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