July 9, 2013 5:53 pm at 5:53 pm #610001
How do you teach a 1.5 year old to drink from a cup?
Is it a good idea to teach a baby this age about straws?
Or should I buy some sippy cups and bottles?
(mother says he can drink from a cup, but my observation is that he can’t and gets very upset when he spills and gets dirty.)July 9, 2013 6:04 pm at 6:04 pm #964691
Im not sure what you mean by “teach”, the baby should be able to use a cup by 9-11 months. If he is spilling, that should not be bothering him at that age. Practice makes perfect so the more he uses the cup the better he should get at it.July 9, 2013 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm #964692TheGoqParticipant
A straw is not a good idea for a child this age a sippy cup is the way to go.July 9, 2013 6:19 pm at 6:19 pm #964693princesssyMember
Freezing Grape juice inside a straw & then giving it to the baby will teach him how to use a straw as he will want more of the sweet taste & automatically suck.
FYI I haven’t used sippy cups or bottles for my little ones & taught them to drink from cups & sport caps bottles.July 9, 2013 6:24 pm at 6:24 pm #964694E-O-MParticipant
use a sippy cup with a straw and handles on the side. naturally they will catch on.July 9, 2013 7:03 pm at 7:03 pm #964695flyerParticipant
you can buy a sippy cup with a straw – a straw is actually very good for development of mouth musclesJuly 9, 2013 7:05 pm at 7:05 pm #964696resident of ds9Member
Torah: when’d you have a baby…?
Seriously though… my dear daughter is going to turn 9 months in 2 days. She drinks from a straw (can’t say beautifully cause she likes to take it into her mouth and squirt straight back at me sometimes 🙁 At least she’s cute) I didn’t have to work to hard to teach her. The first time I just sucked the drink up the straw and then put it into her mouth so that she’d realize the drink can come out of there. Then I just put the straw into her mouth and waited till she sucked on her own! I bought her a sippy cup that works with a straw and it’s an absolute pleasure!
Hope this helpsJuly 9, 2013 7:26 pm at 7:26 pm #964697🐵 ⌨ GamanitParticipant
The sippy cups with the grip handle are usually easiest for this age.July 9, 2013 7:37 pm at 7:37 pm #964699☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
I think we should take a straw poll. (That one’s for Goq.)July 9, 2013 7:38 pm at 7:38 pm #964700
For the record, it’s not my baby.
Interesting to read the different views above. He appears scared of the sippy cup, but seems happy to drink from the bottle.July 9, 2013 7:41 pm at 7:41 pm #964701popa_bar_abbaParticipant
For the record, it’s not my baby.
Misbehaved that bad, huh?July 9, 2013 8:41 pm at 8:41 pm #964702
Syag, that is a huge generalization. When it comes to kids, especially babies, there is a huge window when thinking about milestone such as eating, drinking, crawling, walking etc.
My son started appearing interested in straws at 9 months and mastered it within a day of trying. He lives zippy cups as well but when I make him ( now 13 months) smoothies, he drinks from an adopt straw.July 9, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm #964703
Misbehaved that bad, huh?
It’s just that my kids will speak three languages fluently by 18 months, will be toilet trained by 6 months, and will not be scared of sippy cups.July 9, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm #964704popa_bar_abbaParticipant
It’s just that my kids will speak three languages fluently by 18 months, will be toilet trained by 6 months, and will not be scared of sippy cups.
mine will speak 4 languages by 17 months, be toilet trained by 5 months. But will be scared of sippy cups.July 9, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm #964705
mine will speak 4 languages by 17 months, be toilet trained by 5 months. But will be scared of sippy cups.
It’s a tradeoff. Emotional security re: sippy cups vs. accelerated development.July 9, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm #964706WIYMember
“mine will speak 4 languages by 17 months, be toilet trained by 5 months. But will be scared of sippy cups.”
And will be able to troll by 4 months.July 9, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm #964707oomisParticipant
Sippy cup or cup with built in straw are the best options. A baby could find a real straw to be a choking hazard. BTW, Syag, you probably have very advanced babies, bli ayin hara, but every baby I have ever seen takes the cup and turns it upside down at the age at which you think they should be drinking from a cup. Perhaps with someone HOLDING the cup for them, they can be slowly taught, but on their own, most will toss the cup around. That’s why I never gave anything BUT water in a regular cup. Sippy cups are a good transition from the bottle, if the baby is bottle fed, and the cup with the built in straw works well, too.
DON’T give a baby a juice box with that tiny straw.July 9, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm #964708
Morahrach-with the “huge window” a child should use a cup by 9-11 months. And a child at that age should not care if he spills.
The window is for the range of normal for acquiring the skill. The does not imply that there isn’t a ceiling.July 10, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am #964709
Thanks oomis and MorahRach, Gamanit and ds9, and everyone.
Syag: Thank you for responding. This baby cares if they get wet or dirty, and this baby isn’t quite able to balance and drink from a cup at the same time, despite being 18 months or so. He can use a cup, but loses most of the liquid, so it doesn’t make sense to use cups as a primary water source in this heat.
It appears babies grow at different rates. 🙂July 10, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am #964710
Syag, of course there is a ceiling. I didn’t say otherwise. But you are not correct in implying that not knowing how to use a straw and drink from a cup by 11 months is troublesome. Although I now teach in elementary school, my background is early childhood education and these expectations people have of babies/young children are only hindering their growth, not helping them. I’m not saying not to offer a straw..I’m just bothered by your decree of 9-11 months!July 10, 2013 12:16 am at 12:16 am #964711
Yes Oomis, I was referring to drinking from a cup, not feeding himself. And my response was more about the attitude than the baby in question. I cannot tell you how many babies/children I treat for developmental issues that should have been treated months or years before. So often the mothers gave them leeway beyond what they should have because of the huge windows and different rates. Sometimes it’s nothing (and I will be the first to say so) but sometimes the kids are needlessly behind and it takes a lot of work to catch up.
**end of plea for appropriate early intervention**July 10, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am #964712
I don’t have an opinion either way about straws for a child that age, And I did not say anything was “troublesome”‘ I am talking about not being able to drink from a cup and minding spills. Feel free to be bothered but that doesn’t change much. I am equally bothered when things are pushed aside without looking into them, I have seen much damage done. I am a pediatric OT who, like you, has a background in early childhood and I have seen a lot of teachers tell parents not to worry without bothering to look further into their questions. I am not hindering their growth, there needs to be a balance from all sides.July 10, 2013 1:34 am at 1:34 am #964713
You’re right about minding the spills. I re-read your posts and I hear you. I guess I’m just tired of specialists coming into my classroom and labeling a child as developmentally delayed at first glance. Now regarding the child being bothered by spills at such a young age, the only time I have ever seen that really matter to a child before the age of 4 is a child who ended up being on the spectrum. C’v this child has any delays/disabilities etc, I’m just stating what I have seen.July 10, 2013 2:42 am at 2:42 am #964714TheGoqParticipant
lol ty Daas Yochid.
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