Responsive feeding is a way of interacting with your child around food and feeding that helps a child learn to self-regulate his or her eating.
Children are born with a natural sense of their appetite, refusing to eat when they aren’t hungry and giving clear signs when they are hungry. Parents who are tuned in to their child’s appetite cues are better able to respond appropriately. When a parent responds to appetite cues in a positive and reasonable way, he or she lays the foundation for a child’s ability to know how much to eat.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, September 2020