I was always taught that infants cannot overeat or be too fat. But, researchers at Brigham Young University found that a strong predictor of later weight problems are kids who are clinically obese at age two.
The habits these babies shared included being put to bed with a bottle, being encouraged to finish whatever’s in their bottle, and being started on solid foods too soon.
Meanwhile, breast-fed babies are more likely to pay attention to internal cues and stopped nursing when they feel full.
But, the study suggests that bottle-fed babies can learn this skill, too, if caregivers let them and don’t force them to take every last drop.
1. Put Babies to Bed with a Bottle
2. Encourage Babies to Finish the Bottle
3. Start Solid Foods too Soon