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I'm not actually sure what's going on.. anyway, my one year old daughter has been on solids for several months now (we started around 9 months). She was always very good at indicating when she'd had enough to eat.. until recently. Now it seems like she will just eat and eat and eat whatever I offer.. I wouldn't be too concerned, except that I wonder if she's over-stuffing herself. The last three days, within about an hour of eating, I have found a little spit-up (like a couple table spoon fulls) on her front.<br><br>
For an example of what she seems to be spitting up.. for her second meal of the day, I've been mixing a fresh banana into Milchbrei (Grießbrei - we're in Germany and I don't know what the translation of 'Grießbrei' is) and offering her a fresh banana (since she loves them) before or afterwards. She always eats the entire thing.. which means she's eating a bowl of Milchbrei (not sure how much, I don't measure it) and two fresh bananas. Before, I was only mashing half a banana into the Milchbrei, and offering her the other half and I wasn't sure if she was actually getting full or not.<br><br>
So, how to do you tell when your 1-year-old has had enough to eat if they aren't telling you?<br>
I really don't want her to have bad eating habits (my husband is over-weight, as is my mom and grandmother -my sisters and I are not- and I'm possibly too worried about it); I don't want her to think she has to eat everything on her plate no matter what. Furthermore, if she's throwing up because she's over-stuffing herself, that also concerns me. Should I possibly ask her paediatrician about it?<br><br>
Thank you in advance!
 

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I would not spoon feed at all. Just give her foods she can eat herself. It's easy to overfeed when spoon feeding.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would also have her self feed.<br><br>
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I didn't spoon feed #2 (11mo) at all, I just gave her little bits of banana, apple, sweet potato, peas, etc. A couple of times I gave her apple sauce but that is really messy. I didn't give her baby cereal at all.
 

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Yep, let her feed herself the banana. At that age it's fine -- just give her a hunk of it and let her go to town. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> If you want to give her the porridge that's fine, just limit the amount of food you're feeding her, since she needs to learn to feed herself anyway and bananas are great for practice! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Are you still BFing? Let her nurse before you give her solids, that way she'll be full of milk and won't be as likely to overstuff herself on solids.
 

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DS self feeds and is 14 months and eats a TON. It could just be how she is.<br><br>
DS will eaisly eat two banannas, an orange and two eggs for breakfast depending on the day.
 

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i have a big eater who is only self-fed (save the few times a week i give him apple sauce or oatmeal) he eats a scrambled egg, 2 sausage patties, 3/4 of a banana and a handful of cheerio-like cereal while i cook all that. he's just a hog. i would like PP said, move to just finger foods and see how much your child eats when she is in total charge of what goes in her mouth.
 

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DS (15 mo) goes through phases. Somedays he gobbles down everything in front of him and "asks" for more other days he eats two bites and starts throwing spoons. IIRC at 12 mo he went through a particularily long eat everything phase.<br><br>
As far as worrying about weight is concerned. The more solids DS eats the less weight he gains.<br><br>
This is a great book on feeding babies <a href="http://store.llli.org/public/profile/160" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:small;">My Child Won't Eat!</span></a>
 

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Thank you for the suggestions. I will try to look into more foods she can feed herself.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yep, let her feed herself the banana. At that age it's fine -- just give her a hunk of it and let her go to town. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> If you want to give her the porridge that's fine, just limit the amount of food you're feeding her, since she needs to learn to feed herself anyway and bananas are great for practice! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Are you still BFing? Let her nurse before you give her solids, that way she'll be full of milk and won't be as likely to overstuff herself on solids.</div>
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No, we're not BF'ing. She self-weaned at about 9 months when I, unknowingly, became pregnant again (exclusively breastfeeding on demand, had never had a period, 'mummy tummy' hadn't gone down very much, so I just didn't recognise that I was pregnant and was, further, certain I couldn't be). Something I feel terrible about as I was so not ready to stop breastfeeding her, but she just wouldn't have anything to do with mommy's milk anymore. Before my milk dried up (I was unsuccessful with pumping), I tried to keep encouraging her to nurse, but after being bit pretty hard a few times (she never bit before), and having her get fussy about it, I had to give up.<br><br>
With baby no. 2, I hope we can continue breastfeeding longer. I wanted to breastfeed my daughter for at least 2-2.5 years, longer if she'd have wanted it; hopefully I'll have that chance with this one.
 

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just wanted to say...same age here, and we have always self-fed. However, for about 2 weeks he would eat and eat and eat...for like an hour straight. i even took pictures to show people how much he would eat! it was an insane amount. He didn't spit up tho...but i did have the same thoughts "He's not telling me when he's full!" but actually, eventually, he would. (which is sign is putting his hand on his mouth even tho he self feeds). Now this week he is eating less. So i beleive its just a spurt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Just go with her needs. She'll let ya know. I have also found that snack times are now necessary. He loooooooveeessss raisins and rice cakes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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