The best age to transition to a straw cup is between 9 and 15 months of age though it may vary depending on the baby. Just like introducing a sippy cup, there should be no major changes taking place in baby’s life while introducing a straw cup.
Why are sippy cups not recommended?
Around 12 months your child’s swallow begins to mature and the continued used of a bottle or introduction of a hard-spouted sippy cup can interfere with progression from that infant suckle to a more mature swallow pattern. This is why we recommend ditching the bottle by 12 months of age and moving to a straw cup!
Why babies should not use sippy cups?
Sippy Cups Can Delay Muscle Development
Around 1 year-old, babies usually develop a mature swallow pattern. The tip of their tongue touches the roof of their mouth (just behind the top teeth) and makes the motion of a wave to propel liquids into their throat.
What cup should a 1 year old use?
Using an open cup or a free-flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip and is better for your baby’s teeth. It might be messy at first but be patient, your baby will gradually learn how to drink from an open cup. Once your baby is 1 year old, feeding from a bottle should be discouraged.
What do you put in a sippy cup for a 6 month old?
If your baby is younger than 6 months old, simply give her a portion of her breast milk or formula in the sippy cup each day. Generally, water and juice are unnecessary for breastfed and bottle-fed infants in the first six months of life. (And don’t give your baby cow’s milk until she’s at least a year old.)