We mothers know that finally giving birth to your child is not the end to your tiring days. This is because you still need to see to it that you feed them almost every two to three hours. And it’s not just during day time, but during the wee hours of night time too. It surely is very stressful to always hear your baby’s shrieks and cries every night, depriving you of sleep.
Do you experience this situation? If so, there’s really no need to worry because this is perfectly natural. In this article, we’re going to tell you why and when do babies stop eating every 3 hours. So sit back, relax, and learn everything you need to know.
Why Babies Eat so Frequently?
1. Small Stomach Capacity
There are a lot of reasons why your baby regularly eats, almost every hour to be exact. However, one of the most common reasons why they are that way is because they still have a stomach capacity. Babies are not yet fully developed human beings. Their bodies are still underdeveloped, as well as their different bodily systems. Your baby's digestive system is not yet fully developed, which is why they still have a small stomach capacity. You might have also observed that your baby keeps on burping or having mild vomiting.
The reason to that is their digestive tract, along with their stomach, esophagus, and the chemicals inside it, are not yet fully developed. It's with this that they need to keep on continuously eating because their food storage is always metabolized. Their stomach can't hold too much food because of its small size. Thus, they always feel hungry.
2. Need to Gain Body Mass
Another reason why your baby eats every two to three hours is that they need to gain a lot of body mass. The rate of growth and development in human beings is fastest during their infancy, specifically from one to six months old. Your baby's body experiences massive changes in just a span of a few days and weeks. Because of this, you need to feed them with food or milk almost every hour continuously. They need to take in sufficient nutrients to support their growth. Your baby’s metabolism is so fast.
The milk they drink is quickly metabolized and used to strengthen their bones and add bone density and mass. The protein present in there is also used to add muscle mass and skin tissue. Your baby needs a lot of these precious nutrients and vitamins, which is why they always need to eat.
3. Crucial Stage of their Development
Your baby is in the most crucial stage of their life. It's at this stage that they experience several and massive changes in the way their body looks and works. The first six to twelve months of your baby's life is the stage when they are very fragile. Their bones and muscles are still weak, and their body senses are not yet fully functional.
This is the reason why they need a lot of stored food components like protein, carbohydrates, fats, calcium, phosphate, and much more. Your baby’s body is working double or even triple time, which is why they are always hungry and always needs something to eat.
You can also check out this video to learn more about the ideal eating frequency of your baby:
Babies are no doubt lovable, but there are times when it's quite annoying to feed them almost every hour regularly. The truth is, that’s how their body works. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce the frequency of their eating by training them to eat more in a single meal and by not letting them drink before meals. But at the end of the day, you just have to wait for them to grow up. That’s the time they won’t be eating every three hours.