Observe the infant during meals times and with a bottle. Watch the movements of the lips, tongue, and jaw.
Have the adult present food in a spoon and then give the child a drink from a cup.
The infant wants to help hold the spoon and the cup.
The infant is now combining movements of fingers, hands, and wrists, as well as lips, tongue, and jaw. This allows the infant to grade movements and have more control over self-feeding. Although it is undoubtedly easier (and less messy) to feed the infant, encourage parents to let children help.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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