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Introducing a sippy cup to your baby

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Some babies tend to enjoy a sippy as early as 5 or 6 months. Most babies appear ready for a sippy cup around 7 to 9 months. Some babies tend to take to asippy cup immediately; while others may take a while to get used to it. The transition can be made easier by starting off with a soft, pliable, and a nipple like spout. This will feel more familiar to your baby than using a hard plastic spout.Display to your baby how to raise the sippy cup to his mouth and tip it up to drink. Give your baby some time. Until your baby is able to master the maneuvers, it is better to put only water in the cup. When he shakes or throws it, a sippy cup cannot keep the liquid from hitting the floor.

    The sippy cup makes a fine toy, too! Try different models of sippy cup until you find one that really suits your baby. Some of these cups even have valves that are effective at keeping the liquid from spilling. Always encourage your child to use a regular cup when you think that he is ready for it.

       Babies may also reject sippy cups. Some babies tend to graduate from breast or bottle straight to a regular cup. If you'd rather your baby learns to use a sippy cup, dip the tip of the sippy spout into the milk and then give it to your baby. Show your baby that the spout is like a nipple and needs to be sucked on. Touch the tip of the spout to the roof of his mouth in order to stimulate his sucking reflex.

    In case your baby drinks from a bottle, give him half of his formula in the bottle. Then switch to the sippy cup for the second half of the feeding. Or else put a bottle nipple in his mouth and once he starts sucking, replace it with the spout of the sippy cup.

    You may teach your baby to drink from the sippy cup without the lid first. Put just a teaspoon or two of liquid in at a time. Next, help him raise the sippy cup to his mouth. Once he gets the hang of that, put the lid on and let him take over.

    Offer your baby a straw. Some babies find these easier to use than a spout. Switch beverages as some babies will drink water or juice, but not formula — from a sippy cup.

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