Growth & Development

Growth & Development

Growth & Development

Your little one is growing all the time, whether they're still in the womb or have been welcomed to the world. With the right nutrients you can help keep their development on track. We're here to guide you, and make sure you both get help you need to navigate the first 1000 days of babyhood, from pregnancy until age 2.

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Developmental milestones for Crawlers

Watch to learn more about developmental milestones when babies start to crawl (Crawler stage).
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Your Toddler's eating skills milestones

Toddler development brings the ability to use more refined finger movements, which means your child may be easily picking up his food with two to three fingers instead of his entire hand. He’s exploring how to eat with utensils as he begins to hold a spoon and fork. He’s still learning how to drink from an open cup and sometimes uses a straw. All of these advances make your little guy think he can do it all himself. All babies progress differently, but if you are concerned that your child isn’t keeping up with others his age, talk to your pediatrician.

Improving eating skills

 

You’ll see a big change in eating skills and behavior in your Toddler between the ages of one and two.


Toddler development to expect at 12-18 months:

 

  • He’s experimenting with utensils in different ways, using spoons for dipping and trying to scoop up food with his fork.
  • First-year molars have come in and he’s getting more practice chewing.
  • Tilts a sippy cup backward with both hands because his wrists can rotate.
  • Excited to sit at the table. Social time with the family is as important as the food.

 

Toddler development to expect at 19-24 months:

 

  • Less predictable eating habits mean he may eat lots one day and hardly be interested the next.
  • He may hesitate as new foods are introduced, so it may take several tries before he accepts them. Never insist that he finish what’s in his bowl, but rather allow him to rely on his hunger and fullness cues.
  • Your Toddler may exaggerate the chewing action, opening his mouth wider than necessary and causing some food and saliva to dribble out. But that’s to be expected and is perfectly okay.
  • He’ll prefer the familiar routine of mealtime—seeing the same bib, bowl and utensils is comforting to your Toddler. His larger height and weight will usually mean that a high chair is no longer needed as he takes his own seat (or booster seat) at the table.
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