I can vividly remember the day that we first tried to introduce a sippy cup to my youngest. She was anything but interested, and you know what that was perfectly okay. She was very much an infant who preferred the breast and wasn’t very eager to transition.
Despite her resistance we always still proceeded with offering a sippy cup at each meal. Sometimes she would show interest and other times she would shove the cup away, but you know what there was eventually that one day that she surprised us and willing accepted it. It was like a switch went off and she was ready! She realized the sippy cup didn’t mean the end of the breastfeeding journey that she knew and loved so much, but just the introduction of something new that she could love just as much.
If you are thinking of introducing a sippy cup, here are some tips for transitioning your baby to sippy cup to take into consideration:
Only start offering a sippy cup once your child has reached the age of 6 months. If planning to introduce the sippy cup sooner, only offer a bit of expressed breast milk or formula in the sippy cup. After the age of 6 months, you can go ahead and offer water or a bit of watered down juice.
Introduce a soft spouted sippy cup first. Start by introducing a soft spouted, silicone BPA-free sippy cup, like Philips AVENT My Penguin Sippy Cup. A sippy cup that offers leak-free drinking and provides soft-touch trainer handles that your infant can easily grip, making the it easy for them to learn to drink independently.
Have patience. The transition to sippy cup will take time, and the sippy cup shouldn’t necessarily be used as a means to wean from breastfeeding or bottle right away. In fact, it is perfectly acceptable to continue with both. My youngest did until she was 21 months old.
Shop around. You may need to shop around to find a sippy cup that is right for your child. My children were always sippy cup snobs. They would willingly accept their water from the Philips AVENT My Penguin Sippy Cup, but when it came to milk and juice it had to come from a insulated straw sippy cup. Don’t be afraid to let your baby test drive sippy cups. It is how they will find the one that is right for them.
Clean the sippy cup thoroughly and often. Don’t solely rely on the dishwasher for cleaning the sippy cup. Make sure you hand wash the sippy cup from time to time, especially focusing time and energy on cleaning all the nooks, crannies, valves and the lid. You would be amazed at the areas where liquid can get trapped and mold can build up.
Don’t be afraid to show your child how it’s done. Drinking from a sippy cup is all new to your little one. If they aren’t sure how to drink from the cup, don’t hesitate to show them how to do it. Just clean the cup before offering it to them. If you find that you struggle with getting liquid out, this may also be a could time to remove any valves from the sippy cup that could be slowing down the flow of fluids.
Are you in the process of transitioning to sippy cup? If so, check out Philips AVENT to see if they have a sippy cup that is just the perfect fit for your toddler. You might just be pleasantly surprised!
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Disclosure: I am a Philips AVENT #LoveIsInTheDetails Ambassador. Compensation and product has been received in exchange for drafting this article. All opinions are those of my own.