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.