Observe the infant drinking and eating.
The adult holds a soft cracker to the infant’s mouth.
The infant has a clearly established pattern for sucking and swallowing.
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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