Observe the infant drinking and eating.
Have the adult nurse or give the baby a bottle.
The infant opens her mouth in anticipation of the nipple or cracker, and then closes her lips around the food.
The infant is gaining some control over oral musculature. Her jaw and tongue are moved to adapt to different types of input. Parents can introduce purees and soft food that quickly breaks down in the infant’s mouth. Introducing different textures to expand the infant’s tolerance.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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