Teaching one’s child to drink from a straw is quite easy. If your little one is nursing or bottle-fed, they know how to suck.
Pick out your favorite straw cup.
Fill the cup with water and place the cup in front of your baby. See if he will drink without assistance… you may be surprised.
If your baby doesn’t inherently know how to drink from the straw, have your baby watch, as you do it.
Remove the top from the cup and offer your baby a sip from the actual cup. Then place the top back on.
Offer your baby a drink from the straw. Repeat if necessary.
How long does it usually take?
I have taught most babies to drink from a straw within 5 minutes. Since babies have the previous know-how to suck, the process is usually pretty easy. Believe it or not, the older the child is or the further away from being breastfed or bottle-fed, the more challenging it will be to teach the skill.
When should you introduce a straw cup?
I first introduce babies to straw cups when they start solids. Many babies are able to drink from straws as early as six months. If your baby is not interested in drinking from a straw, don’t worry, you may offer baby water from a bottle or wait until your baby is ready to drink from a straw.
Should baby be drinking water?
Baby doesn’t need to drink water if bottle or formula fed, but I have found that it is important to encourage the love of water early.
Why I chose a Zoli Cup?
- It has a weighted straw, allowing baby to drink from every angle.
- The cap seals tightly. (I have never had a spill.)
- The handles are placed comfortably for little hands.
- It lasts and is well made.
Common straw cups I don’t like.
- Munchkin Click Lock Weighted Flexi-Straw Cup: It leaks from everywhere and the sliding top is prone to breaking.
- Avent 2 Piece My Bendy Straw Cup: The straw is not weighted and the design can be awkward for little mouths.
- Playtex Sipsters Stage 1 Straw Sippy Cups: The straw is not weighted and the removable handles are just another piece to jam the screw on top from attaching properly.
- Nuby 2-Pack No-Spill Cup with Flex Straw: Although I appreciate the length of the straw protruding from the lid, it’s easier for younger babies to use handles. Nuby cups are also hideous and do not have weighted straws.
sippy cups versus straw cups
Nowadays, the word “sippy cup” is used universally (among moms at least) for both straw cups and hard spout cups. Although traditional sippy cups have a hard spout and a straw cup has a straw attached.
Should you use a sippy cup?
“If a child goes from the breast or the bottle to a sippy cup, they tend to drink it as if it were a bottle. They lie back or tip their neck in the usual manner, so it’s almost like drinking a bottle. They have a hard object or spout with various shapes depending on the type of cup, and their bodies are tipped back. This hard object or spout misplaces the tongue and pushes the teeth out as the thumb can. Steer clear of sippy cups and use straws instead.” (1)
Transitioning from a bottle to different types of cups.
Many parents transition from breast or bottle, then to a sippy cup, and then finally to a straw cup or regular cup. I see no need for the transition. Skip the sippy cup!
(1) Mann, Denise. “So Long Sippy Cups, Hello Straws.” WebMD. WebMD, 12 Feb. 2008. Web. 10 June 2017.
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