When the Sugar Snaps were babies, our pediatrician told us that babies and toddlers know when to stop eating and naturally stop when they are full. Unlike adults, they do not mindlessly eat while watching television. The last part is true. The first part is not true for our multiples. They would eat more than they need if we let them. Why? Because there is competition. I remember testing this theory when they were younger. Grayson ate so much that he got sick. And that experience did not change his desire to continue eating until we cut him off. I have a friend whose husband came from a large family. To this day, he holds one hand over his food while he eats. He needed to do that as a child so his siblings would not take his food. Even though his wife and children would not take his food, the habit stuck.
Capri holds her hand over her food
with good reason.
I am curious, if you have multiples, more than one child or came from a large family, have you experienced food guarding or not stopping when full? It would be interesting to know how often this happens in large families. I can picture it happening even with two children. Please share your experiences in the comments.