Essential feeding and swallowing milestones for toddlers aged 12 to 18 months
As toddlers grow, they develop more sophisticated feeding and swallowing skills. The 12 to 18-month period is a time of rapid growth and learning, where children start mastering the use of utensils and drinking from a cup. Understanding these milestones can help parents support their child’s burgeoning independence.
What Your Child Can Do:
Eating and Drinking Abilities:
The stage between 12 to 18 months is full of new experiences for your child as they explore the world of food. Patience and encouragement are key as they learn to handle different food types and manage more control over their eating.
Remember, each toddler reaches these milestones at their own pace. However, if you have concerns about your child’s feeding and swallowing development, do not hesitate to contact an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist for an assessment.
By offering a supportive environment and being receptive to your child’s needs, you can lay the groundwork for a lifelong positive relationship with food.
Source: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. "Feeding and Swallowing Milestones: 12 to 18 Months." ASHA.org, https://www.asha.org/public/developmental-milestones/feeding-and-swallowing-milestones-12-to-18-months/.