Force feeding a one year old?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2062 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@nonapkns:  That imagery was too much for me. Unless there is some medical condition that warrants this, a child will eat when he or she is hungry. Yikes.

Post # 4
4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

I don’t have any kids of my own, but I did work at a daycare with that age group so take this however you like… but no, in my experience, that’s definitely not normal. There were certainly some times when the babies wanted the food more than others. Sometimes you needed to wait 15 minutes or do a fancy trick with the spoon or something, but never did we actually force feed a baby! There’s a huge difference between pushing a spoon or the nipple of their bottle up to their lips and holding the baby’s arms down to shove it down their throat. 

Post # 5
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

No one should be “force” feeding a 11 month old. That is border line on child abuse.  He will eat when he is hungry.  With all the excitement he just probably isn’t in the mood food right now

Post # 6
10219 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am not in favour of “force feeding” kids as you describe it

That doesn’t sound good to me… for either side of the equation (child or parent)

But I do know that every child (and parent) is different.

And so what you think you know as a “by stander” BEFORE you have kids of your own… might not jive with what actually be YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE IN REAL LIFE

I have seen kids that are “go by the book” kids, as well kids that develop sooner or later

I have seen kids that have been breast fed for eons (years)

And kids that were more independent, taking control of their own bottle, or drinking out of cup “as babies”

I’ve seen kids who were literally hungry all the time on a bottle, and so had to be supplemented with small amounts of water downed pablum at around 2-1/2 to 3 Months (a normal Baby begins somewhere around 4 to 6 Months)

Hope this helps,

PS… You’ll find you’ll get a wide range of comments on your plans for Baby Sleeping arrangements.  Many Parents putting their newborns to be in the Nursery away from Mom & Dad.  I personally kept the kids in our room for the first few months (under 3).  Usually for MY CONVENIENCE / PEACE OF MIND… and while they were feeding thru the night.  Once they were sleeping thru the night… they went off to the Nursery, so I could get a better nights sleep for myself (and still hear them if they cried etc)… but I wasn’t up any longer at each gasp or sigh


Post # 7
1451 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’ve never heard of any living thing (especially a baby) that would get TOO hungry to eat later??? :/ no.

Post # 8
252 posts
Helper bee

@nonapkns:  I don’t have kids, but it sounds like they are trying to force him to get on the eating schedule they want. I’m sure eventually it gets to that point, but right now, it seems like they aren’t going about it the right way. Take my thoughts for what they are though, the thoughts of a childless person!

Post # 9
2783 posts
Sugar bee

@nonapkns:  no. Just no. They should not force the baby to eat. The baby will not safe himself. My daughter has gone two days before just eating crackers, them she decided she was hungry and ate 3 pieces of pizza. This is totally totally wrong and they need to cut back on the formula..

Post # 10
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t have kids yet but my knowledge of them is that they naturally eat when they are hungry. Feeding children more than necessary or a poor diet leads to obesity and learning to eat when you aren’t hungry. This sounds really sad for the baby :/ 

Post # 11
15016 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Mine is grown but I remember this phase well. I just let him eat when he was hungry.

Post # 12
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I don’t have kids yet, but I’m pretty certain that no one should be force feeding a child. Ever. 

One of my cats had to be “force” fed as a kitten by me, but it wasn’t forced. She just didn’t like having to be fed that way, but couldn’t eat any other way at that point.

That kid can eat JUST fine on it’s own.

Post # 13
2306 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have a 16 month old son that used to be very very picky, but we never got to the point where we were holding him down. That’s probably one of the worse things to do since they’ll start to asociate mealtime with being held down/crying. It’s hard and I understand how stressful it can be when we believe our kids aren’t getting enough food (my ds is going through a rough patch right now), but we have to learn to trust that they know when they are hungry and when they’re not.

The best thing to do is to provide snacks for when they decide they’re ready to eat. Toddlers are always on the go and it can be difficult for them to want to sit still and eat a proper meal.

Post # 14
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I doubt there are too many kids who ever intentionally starved themselves to death. They will eat when they are hungry.

I wouldn’t however allow my kids to choose just crackers or pizza. They are offered a selection of healthy foods at each meal and in between. They eat what they want  in the amount they want from the foods offered.

Post # 16
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

There are variations in parenting philosophies, and then there’s just straight up WRONG. Breast milk/formula is the primary source of nutrition for babies under a year. Force feeding a baby like that is just idiocy. 

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