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Simple mealtime changes that will keep your family healthy

The early days

During your baby’s first few months of life, he or she will feed on demand. However, that will need to change as the transition to solid foods begins.

In the first months of your baby’s life, he or she will feed on demand, responding to several factors: appetite, growth stage, and environmental cues. At this stage, your baby will naturally regulate eating based on whether he or she is hungry or full. But as time progresses, you’ll have to help him or her maintain that natural self-regulation, which is why structured feeding is so important.


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