Sippy cups are a popular tool when trying to transition your baby from drinking out of a bottle to drinking from a regular cup. However not all babies take well to the sippy cup and while some are ready at an early age, others take longer to develop the necessary dexterity to handle one. If you want to introduce a sippy cup to your baby, take a look at this guide to when to introduce sippy cups.
A suppy cup is basically a training cup which features a secure lid which either snaps or screws on and a spout to ensure only a small amount of liquid goes into your child's mouth at one time. Some models have handles while others do not and different manufacturers have different styles of spout available. They represent a good way to begin to introduce the idea of drinking out of a cup rather than a bottle to your infant and are an excellent way to improve hand eye coordination while giving your little one more independence in their own feeding.
First you need to be sure that your child has developed the necessary motor skills to be able to hold and manipulate a cup. Some babies will be ready as early as 6 months to try out a sippy cup for the first time while other children will be over 12 months before they are ready to give it a try. However, dentists tend to recommend that all children should be using a cup by their first birthday rather than a bottle as this reduces the chances of developing tooth decay.
When introducing your baby to a sippy cup for the first time, you should choose one with a spout that is soft and pliable so that it feels more familiar to them. You will need to show your baby how to use the cup by helping them to lift it up to their mouth and tip it to release the liquid. If you touch the spout to the roof of their mouth, their sucking mechanism will be stimulated and they will see the similarities between the cup and their familiar bottle. It may take some time before your baby gets used to a cup so you may want to reduce any mess by only offering water in the cup at first.
If your baby rejects the cup, don't worry just try again in a few more weeks. Perhaps a different type of cup or spout may be more acceptable to your little one, so shop around and try different designs until you find one that your baby likes best.