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Learn to recognize the signs of a hungry baby and you'll always be one step ahead of a crying baby.

Learn Your Baby’s Hunger Signs

How can I tell if my baby is hungry?

Keeping your baby close to you will help you learn to recognize their hunger cues. When your baby is hungry you may notice:

  • More movement such as stretching, looking around and moving their hands toward the mouth
  • Your baby may make lip-smacking noises, suck on fingers and hands, or lick his or her lips
  • Your baby may turn their head and open their mouth in search of your nipple
    • Fun fact: This is known as the “rooting reflex” and is nature’s way of helping babies find the source of nutrition
  • Your baby may begin crying

Learning to recognize the signs of hunger earlier can help you keep your baby calm and well-fed.

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