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12-18 months
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Leaving babyhood behind

His ability to grasp now means your child will be easily picking up his food with two to three fingers instead of his entire hand. He’s exploring how to eat with utensils as he begins to use a spoon and fork. He’s still learning how to drink from an open cup and sometimes uses a straw. All of these advances make your little guy think he can do it all himself. All babies progress differently, but if you are concerned your child isn’t keeping up with others his age talk to your paediatrician.

2 mins to read Nov 4, 2016

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Signs of readiness and feeding recommendations for infants above 1 year of age

Signs of readiness Feeding recommendations
Takes foods easily with fingers  
Begins to self-feed with spoon More texture adapted to chewing and swallowing for developing feeding skills.
Progressively rotates spoon near mouth

Foods for toddlers with more variety to discover new taste. Variety of foods and recipes.

  Limited added sugar and salt
Begins munching with rotary chew

Hand-held sticks and slices of soft food for practicing biting. Judge bite size, but be sure food can be easily mashed on jaw line.

Picks up and puts down cup Use age-adapted cup for liquids other than breast milk.


Expect this at 12-18 months

  • He’s trying out utensils in different ways, using spoons for dipping and scooping up food with his fork.
  • First-year molars have come in and he’s getting more practice chewing.
  • Tilts a sippy cup backward with both hands because his wrists can rotate.
  • Excited to sit at the table. Social time with the family is as important as the food.