Baby & Toddler / 17 August, 2020 / My Baba
Jemma Hook aka The Mummy Dentist recommends introducing an open cup from around six months of age, so baby can learn how to ‘sip’. This is because the prolonged use of a dummy or a bottle can have a dramatic effect on the position of your baby’s teeth.
When shopping for your baby’s first cup, choose an open cup as opposed to a spouted or sealed cup. Spouts are thought to impede natural tongue movement, while seals encourage baby to suck and not sip.
‘Sipping’ also supports early speech patterns by promoting oro-facial muscle and jaw development, and it also reduces the risk of decay by preventing liquids from pooling around the upper front teeth.
We asked the experts at Babycup for some advice on how to get started.
Little cups are for little people, because let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to drink from a bucket!.
Spills are part of the learning process! Small cups and small amounts of liquid = only small spills! Yay!
If your little one doesn’t want to hold the cup at first, don’t worry, just hold it for them. Learning a new skill might take practise, but it’s so worthwhile.
If they’re keen to try, that’s great! You’ll find your little ones enjoy their independence, and it’s true that sometimes the only barrier to them learning is us not letting them – Eek!
It’s all about the Feel Good Factor. Encouragement is wonderful and essential, and perseverance is key for both of you!
Tiny humans are born to learn. Their mimicry is magical.
Some little ones go for it straight away, some do best with more time and encouragement. There’s no right or wrong in how long it takes your baby to master the art of sipping from a cup.
As well as for first sips and for weaning, Babycup First Cups are great for earlier on too as they are also suitable for cup-feeding infants. They’re also great to have on hand to help through any times of feeding challenges or whilst establishing breastfeeding.
Babycup First Cups are useful for a number of different scenarios such as tongue-tie, cleft, latch issues, bottle refusal or for feeding expressed milk. Please discuss with your midwife or health visitor and ask them to demonstrate the technique for cup-feeding.
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