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Feeding Your Child Using Division of Responsibility

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Topic Overview

The division of responsibility is a way of feeding your child that takes the battle out of meal times.

How you and your child decide on food

Child's age

Your responsibility

Your child's responsibility

0 to 12 months

What

How much

When (how often)

1 year and older

What

When (how often)

Where

How much

Whether

Infants are born with an internal hunger gauge that tells them when they're hungry and when they're full. When we try to control how much children eat, we interfere with this natural ability. Using the division of responsibility helps your child stay in touch with those internal cues.

Responsibility changes as your child grows. By the time your child is about 1 year of age, you become responsible for when your child eats by providing routine meals and snacks. You also decide where your child eats, ideally at home, at a table for as many family meals as possible. Doing this lays a foundation for the decisions your child will make when he or she has more freedom to decide what, where, and when to eat.

It helps for you to be a good role model. Your own eating and lifestyle choices are a powerful teaching tool. Your child sees the choices you make and follows your example.


Credits for Feeding Your Child Using Division of Responsibility

Current as of: December 17, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator


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