Responsive feeding is the practice of responding appropriately when your child shows you signs—verbally or nonverbally—that they are hungry
. Babies are born with natural cues that tell them when they are hungry and full. Before babies are speaking, they use nonverbal signs and body language to communicate with you. As they get older, their signs evolve and, in most cases, eventually turn into words. Responsive feeding is learning to trust that your child knows how much food to eat (or not eat).