Nutrition & Feeding
Growth & Development
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Nutrition & Feeding
Growth & Development
May need head support
May be gaining head control
Uses sucking pattern from breast or bottle
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Sits with help or support
On tummy, pushes up on arms with straight elbows
Moves pureed food forward and backward in mouth with tongue to swallow
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Picks up and holds small objects in hands
Reaches for food or spoon when hungry
Uses upper lip to help clear food off of spoon
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Crawls with stomach off the floor
May pull self up to stand
Begins to self-feed with fingers
Begins to use jaw to mash food
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Stands alone and begins to walk alone
Feeds self easily with fingers
Begins to use fork and spoon
Bites through a variety of textures
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Runs well without falling
Chews more skillfully and efficiently
Mastering use of spoon and fork
Sits in booster seat or child seat at family meals
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Introducing Bottle Feeding
It will soon become second nature, but here's a step-by-step guide for preparing that first bottle of formula.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water and work in a clean area. Check the “use by” date on the can for freshness and clean the lid before opening. Always follow preparation instructions on the can and never dilute formula with more water than instructions indicate.
WaterAsk your health care provider whether to use tap, sterilized, or bottled water. If using tap water, run cold water for at least 30 seconds before using it.
If sterilizing water, the American Academy of Pediatrics advises heating it until it reaches a rolling boil, continuing to boil for one to two minutes, then letting it cool.
Another option is to mix formula with bottled infant water that doesn’t contain additives. The American Dental Association recommends mixing formula with water that’s fluoride free or contains low levels of fluoride to reduce the risk of enamel fluorosis, a discoloration of the teeth.
There are three forms of formula available: powder, concentrate, and ready-to-feed:
Powder is the most common and economical type of formula, but the use of powdered infant formula is not recommended with immunocompromised infants. When preparing it, fill the sterilized bottle with sterile water before adding the powder. Use one unpacked, level scoop of powder for every 2 ounces of water. Cap the bottle and shake well to mix.
Concentrate formula is easy to prepare. Before opening, clean the top of the can and shake it until you no longer hear the liquid inside. To prepare, mix an equal amount of sterile water and liquid concentrate in a sterilized bottle.
This form of formula makes feeding simple. Before opening, clean the top of the can and shake it until you no longer hear the liquid inside. Pour the formula directly into a sterilized bottle, and it’s ready to use.
Warming a bottle
To warm breastmilk or formula before giving it to your baby:
Learn how to burp your baby.
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