Your mini me is becoming more independent—whether they're feeding themselves or just waving hello to new friends. And while they might insist on doing everything on their own, that doesn't mean that you have to. We can help you figure out what nutrition they need for healthy growth and development.

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Physical Skills

  • Stands alone and begins to walk alone.
  • Walks with feet wide apart and toes pointed out.


Eating Skills

  • Can self-feed with fingers.
  • Begins exploring using utensils.
  • Begins to dip spoon rather than scoop.
  • May start to drink through a straw.
  • Able to bite through a variety of textures.
What to know now

The independent eater

There’s nothing quite like watching your tot grow, and mealtime is is a great moment to take it all in. Not only are your little one’s eating skills developing, but their brains and taste buds are too. Your kiddo is also starting to use his words to be able to tell you when they're full.
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Frequently asked questions

Can I give my baby milk before she turns one?

It’s best to wait till one year of age before regular milk is your baby’s main beverage. Your baby needs many nutrients for healthy growth and development and unfortunately cow’s milk doesn’t have the same amounts of nutrients that are in breastmilk or formula. It’s fine to wait until even later if you are breastfeeding now – overall the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests parents wait to introduce cow’s milk until after their baby’s first birthday. Questions? Reach out to your pediatrician or get in touch with Dotti in the meantime to chat with a Registered Dietitian.

My Toddler wants to feed himself now – should I let him practice self-feeding?

Yes! As messy as it may be…he’s learning important feeding skills. Make sure to offer him developmentally appropriate utensils or let him use his fingers. And don’t forget to let him know he’s doing a great job! So go ahead and give him those 2 spoons and let him have at it. Need toddler appropriate food ideas? Check out our menu planner to find options for self-feeders.


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