FAQ: When should I introduce the sippy cup?

By : | 0 Comments | On : July 5, 2014 | Category : Blog, Solids, Tips from Mums

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Have you just started solids? Are you wondering when to introduce the sippy cup?
Sometimes, the answer to your problem is over a coffee with a friend, posting the question in an online mother’s group, or secret forum. A fellow mummy with experience can often provide that little bit of wisdom, the glimmer of hope that you have been looking for or at the very least, a new idea to try.

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Question: When should my baby start to drink from a cup? Angela, QLD.

Answer: Hi Angela, it’s recommended parents introduce a sippy cup of water at the time of starting solids, around 6 months of age.  This helps to teach babies the skill of drinking from a cup.  They already know how to suck, so learning how to sip is an important milestone. If you are exclusively breastfeeding it is OK to wean directly to a cup rather than offer water via a bottle. Choose a cup without an anti-leak valve or at least one with a removable valve that allows children to sip rather than suck. You can also begin to practise with an open cup from an early age at times when you are not worried about spillages. By around 12 months of age babies should be able to sip from a normal cup, with some assistance.  It is important to remember to keep the cup for water and milk only.  Avoid filling your child’s cup with sugary fluids such as juices, soft drinks, sports drinks and cordials that can reduce their appetite for food and contribute to dental caries and childhood obesity. – OHCs x

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