Babies are real bundles of joy. They discover the world one step at a time and parents are elated witnessing every little achievement they have daily. Interestingly, one of the most anticipated firsts of their babies is for the babies to be introduced to the sippy cup. As can be noticed, babies are still developing the ability to use their hands with enough control. They cannot hold and drink from the regular glass just yet so they would need a sippy cup.
A sippy cup is a training cup that has a snap-on or screw-on lid and a spout which allows the child to drink without spilling. There are various models that have and have no handles and a wide variety of spouts as well. Choosing the one that suits your baby's need is important and fun.
The Benefits and the Best Time to Introduce Sippy Cups
Sippy cups also serve as a transition for the baby from nursing or breastfeeding to drinking from a regular cup. This is usually given when the baby is too old for the usual formula bottle but not yet ready for the big glass. They also catalyze improvement of hand-to-mouth coordination. Their first attempts will definitely by messy and they will spill a little bit. But with your guidance, they will be able to develop the skill in time.
Meanwhile, the sippy cup can also provide the child a sense of independence while enjoying the sippy. This is where the baby gets to learn how to drink the cup without the possibility of spilling its content. When he learns to do it, his confidence in his abilities rises and he will become interested to learn other new things.
There are babies who have been introduced to sippy cups as early as 5 or 6 months old, while others only try after they turn one year old. However, normally it is when babies are 7 to 9 months of age that they start to show interest in trying out sippy cups.
The Best Ways to do the Introduction
To make the transition to the sippy cup much easier, it is best to begin with a soft, pliable and nipple-like spout. Unlike the hard plastic kind, this soft spout will feel more familiar to the babies. The baby should also be shown and demonstrated on how to raise the cup to his mouth and tip it up to drink.
Parents should also have more patience as kids might take some time to learn to prevent spilling. Various models should also be tried so that the best one that suits the baby will be determined. There are models with valves that work effectively at preventing spilling. Eventually, the kid should then be encouraged on using a regular cup when he seems to be ready.
The bottom line is, some may learn to use the sippy cup immediately but others will take a while for the idea to sink in. Nonetheless, this is a necessary process for the babies to learn and develop while they grow up.
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