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WHEN to introduce an open cup to a baby & WHY.Did you know that the first type of cup that should be introduced to baby is an open cup? You can use it to introduce water to your baby around the same time as they start solids - around 6 months of age. They don’t need a lot! Around 1-2 oz/day at 6 months of age is enough, but having some to wash down food, prevent constipation and learning the skill of drinking from an open cup early on is important!⠀
Here’s why we want to start with an open cup right from the beginning:⠀
✔️ Practice transitioning off a bottle 🍼 and onto a cup starts NOW. It’s recommended to start transitioning off a bottle at 11-12 months, and it’s not always the easiest transition when your baby isn’t familiar with open cup drinking at all.⠀
✔️ Supports healthy cheek, tongue, jaw, lip and swallowing development⠀
✔️Drinking from a hard spout sippy cup instead can delay oral motor skill development (hello speech development!) and promote improper placement of the tongue when drinking⠀
✔️ It promotes drinking at scheduled meal and snack time ⠀
What to look for in an open cup for babies:⠀
✔️Soft rim ⠀
✔️Small size for little hands!⠀
...and that’s really it! I would recommend the @ezpzfun tiny cup that meets this criteria and more, but really, just pop the top off any small sippy cup and begin offering sips for practice!⠀
What questions do you have around open cup drinking for babies? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll answer this week! ⬇️ ... See MoreSee Less
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