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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
One of October's most festive symbols is also a nutritious food that's easy to add to your preschooler's diet. While often categorized as a vegetable, pumpkins are actually a fruit. Naturally low in sodium, pureed pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A (from beta carotene), an important antioxidant which helps support a healthy immune system. Pumpkin also has fiber, potassium and vitamin E—three nutrients that many children don’t get enough of in their diets.
This delicious snack takes only minutes to prepare. Try this pumpkin hummus coupled with warm whole grain pita bread or soft cooked vegetables and you're sure to fall in love with this creamy dip, perfect for both snacking and entertaining.
PLACE chickpeas, pumpkin, lemon juice, water, garlic, salt and pepper into food processor; cover. Blend for 1 minute or until smooth. Additional water, a teaspoon at a time, can be added if a smoother consistency is desired. Stir in parsley. Serve immediately or refrigerate in tightly covered container for up to 4 days. Makes about 2 cups.
SERVE along with pita triangles or raw vegetables.
Recipe makes 16 servings, 2 tablespoons each.
*Recipe adapted from Meals.com
These nutritious and delightful mini-pumpkin muffins are topped with crunchy granola. With 100 calories for 3 mini muffins, these delicious bites are a guilt-free way to stop those mid-afternoon hunger pangs, yet are nutritious and filling for a kid-friendly after-school snack!
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Paper-line or grease mini-muffin pans.
COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar and oil in medium mixer bowl until blended. Add pumpkin and eggs; beat well. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full. Sprinkle each with about a 1/2 teaspoon of crumbled granola. Press granola lightly into batter.
BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into centers comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Store muffins in covered containers or resealable plastic bags.
Recipe makes 20 servings, 3 muffins each.
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