Observe the child during a mealtime.
Provide a two-handled cup with a lid, a spoon, and chopped table foods in small bites. Have all items on the child’s high chair tray.
The child holds the two-handled cup independently and takes long drinks with pauses and breaths after several swallows.
Encourage parents to introduce a variety of different foods and textures to children when they are young. Parents can coarsely chop almost any vegetable or fruit and avoid highly sugared or salted processes foods. Children are also more motivated to eat when they can feed themselves. Provide opportunities for finger feeding, spoon-feeding, and cup drinking. Even if the adult is feeding the child, give the child a separate spoon to help.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015
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