This blog post is part one of three that discusses feeding milestones that a child encounters from birth to age two. Today’s post will focus specifically on the milestones met between birth and twelve months.
As an SLP and feeding therapist, I often find parents asking me:
“What should my child be eating at this age?”
“Is it too early to introduce solids? “
“Is it okay that I’m still breastfeeding?”
It is important to remember that there is no “magic number” for age when it comes to feeding development. While certain feeding milestones are typically reached by a specific age, many feeding therapists recommend that parents look for the presence of various developmental skills to determine if their child is ready for the next stage of feeding. In the first year of life, it’s important to ensure that a baby’s primary source of nutrition is breast milk and/or formula. During the first year, purees and solid foods should be viewed as “learning to eat” rather than a primary source of nutrition. The following table outlines the age that these milestones are typically met, and the feeding stage that is associated with each milestone:
Stay tuned for blog posts on feeding milestones for ages 12- to- 18- months and 18- to- 24- months. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s feeding development, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-332-9439.
Sarah Lydon, MA, CCC-SLP
Resources: Toomey & Associates, Inc. 1990/2016
Photo Credit: http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/howmuchbabyeat.htm