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Infants should be able to determine how much they eat
Many infants are spoon-fed by their parents. Researchers have now found that spoon-fed babies are more than twice as likely to be overweight compared to babies who eat with their fingers.
In their investigation, Swansea University scientists found that feeding babies by their parents with a spoon increases the risk of being overweight. The doctors released a press release on the results of their study.
Parents often feed too much
Feeding babies with the spoon from their parents drastically increases their risk of becoming overweight. The reason for this could be that these infants are simply being fed too much food by their parents, explains author Amy Brown from Swansea University.
Twice as many babies fed with the spoon develop overweight
Almost twenty percent of the subjects fed with the spoon were overweight, compared to only eight percent of the infants who ate themselves with their fingers, the doctors explain. At the age of six months, more than twice as many babies from the spoon-fed group developed overweight. This overweight is independent of other factors such as birth weight, age of weaning, breastfeeding and the mother's social background, the study authors say.
A glass of baby food is too much for a little baby
Babies should only eat as much as they want. A whole jar of baby food is just too big for a little baby, Brown explains. The author published a book this week, which also includes the study of 300 babies and their feeding habits.
Let your kids eat with your fingers
Babies can be overfeed by their parents. This usually does not happen if the children eat with their fingers themselves. The researchers also found that when babies start eating different solid foods from the age of six months, children eat healthier.
Do not force children to eat their meals
Parents do not have to wave their spoons in front of their baby and tell them to open their mouths because the plane is coming. If the children do not want to continue eating, then do not try to motivate the babies further, the experts advise. The infants will not starve just because they do not want to eat the last spoons from the glass.
Parents have to learn to properly handle their food
Certainly there is a big mess on the table when children start eating themselves. If parents are concerned about their children's messy meals, however, this is completely unnecessary. Children have to learn to eat. They also need to find out what can happen if they crush their food or drop it on the floor, the author adds.
Meat and rice can also be given from the age of six months
It has already been pointed out earlier that babies from the age of six months should receive a mixture of puree and finger food in addition to breastfeeding. Parents can then slowly introduce more advanced foods, including small pieces of meat and rice, the experts say. (as)