Feeding Milestones (birth to three)

Adding writers is a great way to bring more fresh and diverse content to your blog.


birth-4 months: sucks fingers, places hands on bottle during feeding, recognizes a nipple or bottle, pats a bottle with one or both hands


5-6 months: holds bottle independently with one or both hands, mouths and gums solid foods, opens mouth when a spoon is presented


6-9 months: feeds himself crackers, drinks from a cup held by an adult - some loss of liquid, reaches for a spoon when presented/bangs a spoon, prefers a parent to feed


9-12 months: holds a soft cookie in mouth (9 months) and bites through it (12 months), imitates stirring with a spoon, eats lumpy, mashed food, chews using a rotary jaw action (emerging)


12-18 months: grasps a spoon with a full hand, brings a full spoon to mouth, turning spoon over, begins to drink through a straw, holds a cup with two hands, drinks with four or five consecutive swallows


18-24 months: gives up the bottle, scoops food with a spoon and brings to mouth with spillage, drinks from a cup with limited spillage, swallows with lip closure, self-feeds frequently, chews a broad range of food, has precise up/down tongue movements


24-36 months: bites through a variety of food thicknesses, brings a spoon/fork to mouth, palm up, self-feeds with little spillage, holds a small, open cup in one hand with little spillage, chews with lips closed, chews using stable rotary jaw action



 

DISCLAIMER:  The content of 123 Speech Therapy is for informational purposes only. The information is not intended to be a substitute for speech therapy, medical advice, or diagnosis. You should seek the advice of your health care provider regarding any questions you have. 123 Speech Therapy disclaims any liability for the decisions you made based on information from this website. The opinions expressed here are those of the creator of the site, and not those of her employer. Permission was given for all children portrayed in photographs on this website.