Change isn’t easy. Just ask any parent who has been through transitions with their kids. One of the most difficult transitions is moving from breastfeeding and bottles to sippy cups. Gwen O’Keefe, mom and founder of Poli, home of the easy to clean, non-spill Poli Sippy Cup, is here with advice for getting you and your little one through that tough phase and onto something new.
Many new and experienced parents alike are curious as to when the ideal time is to start their baby on a sippy cup or training cup. Some parents start their babies early on and others wait until their baby is moving from the bottle or breast at around one year old. Sippy cups can be a great way for your baby to transition from nursing or bottle-feeding to a regular cup. Using a sippy cup can also improve hand-to-mouth coordination and development of motors skills. Here are a few tips to help you transition your baby to a sippy cup:
When to Start Transitioning to a Sippy Cup
The American Academy of Family Physicians encourages parents to introduce the sippy cup at six months of age in preparation for weaning from the bottle or breast at around 12 months. Go ahead and try your baby with a sippy at 6 months old, but keep in mind that they may not be ready for a couple more months. And just like with any new skill, it takes time, practice, and a lot of patience.
How to Know When Baby is Ready
The key to baby’s readiness is the development of a good strong fist grasp and the ability to easily move things from the hand to the mouth. Keep in mind that using a sippy cup requires much more than simply picking up an object and putting it into one’s mouth. It’s a good idea to let baby play with it and get used to holding it, not expecting them to fully drink from it for some time. Model the sippy cup for them so they can see how it’s done and can more easily understand the concept.
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