North Carolina Early Learning and Development Progressions: Birth to Five

Domain: NC Foundations for Early Learning: Health and Physical Development (HPD)

Subdomain: Self-Care

Goal: Children develop independence in caring for themselves and their environment.

Skill Progression: Eating/drinking

Age: 6-8 Months

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Helps bring bottle to mouth

Situations for Observation of Skill

Observe the infant drinking from a bottle and cup, and eating soft food.

Elicitation Strategy

The adult places a bottle to the infant’s mouth.

Behavior Observed

The infant places her hands on the bottle with the adult’s.

Routines-based Intervention (Embedded Instruction)

The infant is becoming more involved in eating and drinking. Encourage early childhood educators and parents to give the infant as much control as they can handle.

 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2015

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