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Holding Own Bottle

Holding Own Bottle

“Message in a Bottle: MMMMM!” Position your child at a 90-degree angle. Make sure both you and your child are comfortable and supported. Present a bottle to your child, gently placing the nipple in his mouth. Once your child is drinking for a few seconds, gently guide...

Holding Own Bottle

Mouthing Solid Food and Toys

“Eatin’ the Leg Off the Table” Place something sweet or good tasting on your child’s toys. Give your child a food they can hold in their hand. Make sure it is something they cannot choke on. If your child rejects the food or toy, give them something new. Place a toy...

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“OPEN WIDE!”

FEEDING During feeding, make sure that your child is always positioned appropriately (upright, at a 90-degree angle).  Never leave your child unattended.  Make sure all utensils, cups, bottles, etc. are developmentally appropriate.  Make sure your child’s environment...

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Trying New Activities

“I Can Do It Myself!” The willingness to try a new activity is a great strength that reflects confidence and independence. Exposure to new activities also gives your child a chance to adapt and use the appropriate skill and behavior required to complete the new task....

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Showing Toy Preferences

“What’s Your Favorite?” As independence and individuality grow, your child will likely show an interest in some toys over others.   Expose your child to a variety of toys. Don’t limit the exposure to “toys” only. Your child may prefer to play with “adult” objects...

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Playing Ball

“We Want a Pitcher, Not a Belly-Itcher!”   Begin playing in front of a mirror so that you and your child can see all of your actions. At first, you may even want your child to sit in front on you (in between your legs) and with hand-over-hand assistance, you roll...