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Switching to Sippers

August 06, 2018

Switching to Sippers

Sippers can be of help in changing your baby from bottle to open cups. Cups improve motor skills for a baby whose muscles are still developing. Hand to mouth coordination can instill independence for a toddler. If your baby can sit up and mess around with
 a spoon, she can face the challenge of drinking from a sipper, though you need to remember that enough motor skills to control spilling do not develop early on.

Trainer cups reduce spills to minimum, without too much mess. Non-spill cups are best in reducing spills but need suction strength to start the liquid flow so are best only for toddlers. Trainers or small soft spout cups suit best for a small baby.

Since each child is different, babies learn to drink from sippers from 6 months to 1 year. American dental association advices introducing sipper cup to a baby by first birthday as long term use of milk in bottle hinders correct dental development.

Introducing Sipper Cup

  1. Start off with one that has a soft, pliable spout because this feels more familiar to your baby than a hard plastic spout, preferably a trainer with measured dribble.
  2. In case you decide on a non-spill, make sure it has easy to suck. Non spill valve should be easy to remove and clean for maintaining hygiene.
  3. Children are great imitators. Enjoy a drink with them. They will learn faster.
  4. Touch the spout to upper palate. Press to squeeze few drops of liquid to let the baby know.  

Refusing Sipper?

  1. Be patient with your baby if she is not able to drink from the cup. Learning a new skill is stressful enough for her.
  2. Use sipper with breastmilk halfway through the feeding, as part of introduction routine.
  3. Use a brand in which you can switch the nipple, spout and handles for seamless transition. Learning a new skill takes time and adding a familiar milk bottle could increase comfort level. Compatibility and inter-changeability of spouts, nipples and handles makes situation more malleable and fluid both for the baby and mother.
  4. Try a different cups. Some Non Spill cups have valves that are so effective at keeping the liquid from spilling that it's a lot of work to drink from for your baby. If your baby sucks on the sippy spout but doesn't get anything, try a trainer which has a steady dribble,  Or try a 360 cup. A 360 cup is efficient in keeping the spills away while making drinking natural and easy for babies.

Moisten the cup edge before you start the drinking lesson. This way you will make it easier for the child to suck the liquid - she will where to look for food and understand that the cup is used for drinking and not chewing or licking.

5.Work in reverse order. Teach your baby to drink from the sippy without the lid on it first. Put just a teaspoon or two of liquid at a time and help her raise the cup to her mouth. After she gets the hang of that and understands that there's liquid inside the cup, put the lid on (without the valve, if there is one). Finally, put the valve in and let her take over.


Things to remember:

  1. Make sure the baby drinks while sitting, or she may choke. Do not leave her alone, hang around and supervise the situation till you are confident.
  2. Don't give juice to a baby 6 months or younger, and limit juice for older babies and toddlers to no more than 4 ounces a day as juice is high in sugar.
  3. Breast fed and formula fed babies don’t need water so introduce water only after 6 months or when you introduce solids. Cow’s milk can be introduced only after 1 year of age as it can cause intolerance.
  4. Never force liquid in a baby’s mouth. The liquid may choke her.
  5. Never give a used cup to a baby as you will be unwittingly transfer some of your bacteria to your baby.
  6. Use plastic cups that are certified BPA Free and change frequently as scratched cups can leach chemicals.





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