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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
GRADUATES® Yogurt Blends Snack
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
Looking for a vegetable to serve at your holiday gatherings? Spinach is a versatile vegetable that can be dressed up or down for holiday entertaining and wholesome family meals. Plus, spinach has many of the nutrients that your preschooler needs. Just 1/3 cup of chopped, cooked spinach is an excellent source of vitamin A, magnesium, and folic acid and a good source of calcium and iron for preschoolers. Remember, that vitamin C helps the body absorb iron and eating foods rich in vitamin C with spinach is a good idea.
Look at different types of spinach at the store. Let your preschooler tell you the differences she sees between regular spinach and baby spinach, and what is the same. Next time you make homemade pizza, your preschooler can arrange baby spinach leaves in a fun pattern.
Steam or boil spinach until just cooked. The bright green color is appealing and the texture will be soft. Chop into bite size pieces and squeeze on some lemon juice before serving. Spinach also mixes easily into many family favorites – pasta sauce, chili, scrambled eggs, and even ground turkey for tacos. Just chop the spinach very fine and stir some in during cooking.
Spinach Recipes from meals.com (modified for preschoolers)
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins
COMBINE creamed spinach and beans. Cool; serve with pita bread slices or tortilla chips, if desired.
Keep these ingredients on hand for an easy lunch or snack. This dip is both quick and tasty. Serve with cooked vegetables or whole wheat pita bread slices.
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Cooling Time: 10 mins cooling
Servings: 10 servings
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Spray 10, 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray. Soften tortillas by heating in microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 10 seconds. Press tortillas into muffin cups to form quiche crusts.
WHISK evaporated milk, egg substitute, spinach, ricotta and Swiss cheeses, salt and pepper in medium bowl until blended. Spoon about 1/2 cup of mixture into prepared quiche bases, dividing evenly. Stir mixture frequently to evenly distribute ingredients.
BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted near centers comes out clean and tortilla edges are lightly browned. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Carefully remove quiches. Serve warm.
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