Key milestones in feeding and swallowing for toddlers 18 to 24 months.
As parents navigate the transition from babyhood to toddler years, understanding the feeding and swallowing milestones for 18 to 24 months old children becomes vital. This developmental stage is not just about what children eat, but also about how they eat and developing autonomy during mealtime.
Feeding Habits and Textures for Toddlers (18-24 Months)
Your child should now be comfortable with mixed consistencies in food, and it's essential to provide opportunities to chew more challenging textures, always ensuring that foods are cut into safe, manageable pieces.
To promote a positive feeding experience:
If concerns arise about your child's feeding and swallowing development, it's crucial to seek professional advice early. For a comprehensive list of milestones and expert guidance, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) offers valuable resources, which you can access through their detailed overview of feeding and swallowing milestones for children aged 18 to 24 months.