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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
GERBER® GRADUATES® Dippers with real fruit dip or real fruit & yogurt dip
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
Don’t tomatoes seem to have the very taste of summer in them? Even if you eat this vegetable (or is it a fruit?*) all year, summer is a great time to enjoy tomatoes at their flavorful peak. Tomatoes have key nutrients for preschoolers too. Just 1/3 cup chopped fresh tomatoes are a good source of the antioxidant vitamins A (from beta-carotene) and vitamin C for young children. Tomatoes also have potassium (140 mg in 1/3 cup); a nutrient many preschoolers do not get enough of each day. Try these add-ins, activities and recipes to get your preschooler excited about eating tomatoes this season.
Chopped fresh tomatoes make a great addition to almost every meal of the day.
Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables to grow, lending themselves easily to the garden or a planter. Gardening is a wonderful experience for preschoolers and one that most will enjoy. Start small to ensure success. An already growing tomato plant from the garden center is probably your best bet. Leave it in the pot, out of reach of backyard animals if possible. Have your preschooler check the soil each day and water the plant when needed. Place a ruler in the pot to show your preschooler how high the plant is growing or use a measuring tape. Grow a few different varieties (plum, cherry, etc.) so your preschooler can compare the differences in growing, appearance, and taste. Put in a sunny spot and cross your fingers that you and your child will be able to pick a few this summer to enjoy.
*Tomato Sleuth: Head to your local library this summer and help your preschooler learn if a tomato is a vegetable?? Or a fruit??
TOMATO Recipes adapted from meals.com
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 8 mins
Servings: 2 pizzas, 4 servings total
PREHEAT oven to 450° F. Place crusts on baking sheet.
SPREAD marinara sauce evenly over each crust to within 1 inch of edge. Top each evenly with tomato and cheese slices.
BAKE for 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is crisp and cheese is melted. Top with basil before serving.
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
COOK pasta according to package directions, adding edamame to boiling pasta water for last 2 minutes of cooking time; drain.
MEANWHILE, COMBINE evaporated milk, cheese, garlic powder and black pepper in medium saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until cheese is melted. Remove from heat.
ADD pasta and edamame to cheese sauce; stir until combined. Add tomatoes; stir gently until combined.
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