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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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Healthy Eating Habits
If your preschooler doesn’t already love cantaloupe, you should definitely give it a try. Cantaloupe’s mild refreshing flavor and soft texture are combined with important nutrients that preschoolers need. One third cup, a preschooler serving, of diced cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamins A and C for preschoolers and has 137mg of potassium.
Remember to enjoy cantaloupe safely. Cantaloupe scooped into ball shapes are not recommended for children less than 4 years of age because of possible choking risk. More appropriate preparation choices for preschoolers are to cut the fruit into 1/4 inch dices or to cut melon balls into quarters.
Teach your preschooler how to pick fresh produce. Have her check the cantaloupe in the store for bruises, cracks or soft spots. She can also sniff the cantaloupe and see if she detects a fruity smell. You should look for a clean, smooth break at the stem.
Show her how important it is to wash the cantaloupe with soapy water and rinse it well before cutting. Tell her how washing prevents getting contaminants from the cantaloupe skin on the knife and the edible fruit.
Let your preschooler make a fruit salad – you supply the peeled and cut fruit and she combines them in a bowl or into individual servings for the family.
Preparation Time: 25 mins
COMBINE pasta, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, prosciutto and basil in large bowl. Add oil, salt and pepper; toss gently to coat.
Preparation Time: 20 mins
CUT cantaloupes in half; remove seeds. Scoop round balls of cantaloupe out of each half with a melon baller or a small round spoon, leaving about 1/2 inch of cantaloupe in the melon. Slice the melon balls into quarters.
COMBINE cantaloupe, strawberries and blueberries in large bowl. Mix juice and lemon juice and pour mixture over fruit mixture and toss lightly.
LINE cantaloupe halves with frisée or lettuce leaves. Spoon fruit mixture into each cantaloupe half. Cover; refrigerate until ready to serve.
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