Choosing the Right Kind of Sippy Cupy
One of the common milestones that parents look forward to is teaching their toddler how to drink from a cup. Life becomes infinitely easier once your child can sufficiently drink from a spill-proof sippy cup, but try not to rush him! Remember, all kids are different.
Choosing the right kind of cup can be overwhelming. You need an easy-to-hold plastic cup with a spout. Most cups are labeled with age ranges, making finding the right one a lot easier. If your child refuses or has trouble drinking from a cup, try a different kind. You might go through several brands and types before finding the magic fit. Once you find one she likes, get several!
Fill a cup with water and let her experiment. She will eventually figure out how it works! You can start by offering a cup of milk at one meal per day, and work up from there. After age 1, a child’s need for milk drops dramatically, so feel free to offer water or diluted juice instead. Check with your pediatrician if you have any concerns about your toddler’s dietary needs.
Watching older siblings or other children drink from cups will help your child learn. Just like everything else, younger children learn from older ones.
Scary Mommy Tip: Thicker liquids like milkshakes or smoothies will be easier for your toddler to drink out of a cup if you remove the plastic regulator on the inside. Don’t lose it, though – that’s the part that keeps the spill-proof cup “spill-proof!”