If a child at 8 months can hold their bottle, can they be placed on a “boppy” and let them feed themselves with no adult contact?
ABC standards state that all infants must be held and talked to while “bottle-feeding”. Caregiving routines are important times for warm and supportive interactions between the caregiver and the child. It is important that infants and toddlers are cared for in small groups with enough adults so that children’s needs can be met in personal and meaningful ways. The day of an infant-toddler caregiver contains many routine activities such as diapering and feeding. These routines should be individualized so that caregivers have time to give each child the support and attention they need for proper development.