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Teach your Baby to Use a Sippy Cup

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 09-01-2007

A good way to teach a baby to drink from a glass would be to introduce a sippy cup. However, for a baby who has been exclusively breast or bottle-feeding, learning to drink from a sippy cup may be a big step forward.

It is important that you accustom your child to accept a sippy cup gently and gradually. With a little time and patience, your baby might actually start enjoying the independence that comes with drinking from a cup. Teaching your baby to drink from a sippy cup is also a first step to introducing solid food.
Follow these steps to wean your baby:

  • Start by giving your baby a sippy cup with a spout. One that is made of plastic will be less likely to break if it falls. While many babies are more comfortable with cups that have handles, others prefer them without.

  • Fill the cup with a little water. Putting this to your child’s lips, allow a little water to flow into the mouth. Give your baby a little time to swallow this.

  • Initially do not try to get your baby to accept more than a few sips at a time.

  • Once your baby gets the knack of it, you may introduce other beverages such as milk or fruit juice.

  • You may eventually replace your child’s midday feed with a small snack, including a drink from the cup.