Post # 1
Hi All! I need some advice!!
Dirty Delete is 7 months old and I have been trying to slowly ease her into sippy cups. She was exclusively breastfed until 6 months and now has started solids but still nurses about 6 times/day. She will drink breastmilk out of Tommee Tippee bottles but when I try the Tommee Tippee transitonal bottle (looks like her bottle but the spout is open and not a nipple) and soft spout (I think it’s spill proof which may be the issue?) she won’t drink up. With the transitional bottle she just spills it all over herself and doesn’t swallow any and with the soft spout she just chews on it and plays with it but won’t suck. The straw cups worry me a little because then how do they learn to drink? Or maybe I am making that up in my head. Anyone have good ideas for babies who are primarily nurses but who drink the occasional bottle of breastmilk??
thanks in advance!!
Post # 3
You might be rushing the sippee cup, she will learn on her own. I wouldn’t rush into it. Let her go at her own pace.
Post # 4
My mom is a speech path and she would encourage use of the straw or sippy cups that spill. My niece started the sippy cup by 5 months. I’ll have to ask her why those are beneficial and fill you in because at the moment I can’t remember
Post # 5
@Sulli301: It sounds like everything she is doing with the cup is pretty normal for having introduced something new. She’s essentially exploring the cup and how to use it by sucking on it, spilling it, etc. Just keep letting her practice with it and she will get it. My baby is 7 months old and we have been implementing some montessori principles at home including some of the weaning ideas and we introduced a small regular glass to him around 5 months with tiny sips of water in it. He loves to drink out of his cup and over the past two months has become pretty proficient with it, but it did take some time. Learning how to eat is messy business! I would try to let go of the expectation of her getting tons of milk or water through a sippy cup or regular while she learns how to use it.
This mom has some great posts about “weaning” if you are interested: http://www.montessorionthedouble.com/blog/tag/weaning
Post # 6
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We transitioned (also from bf’ing and tommee tippee bottles) to a straw cup and skipped the sippee cup… supposedly they are better for speech development.
Post # 7
2nd stage or the advanced sucking pattern comes along at approximately 6-8 months – so you’re still at the early range for the “pumping” motion required to use the spill proof sippy cups. Try the ones that spill and see how that goes!
(Im also an SLP – @L2sweetpea: ‘s mom is right too)
Post # 8
I used the ones that spill my daughter couldn’t understand to suck out of the spout. Be patient they may not show interest at first, it took us some getting used to, im glad i started early too before she formed an attachment to her bottle.
Post # 9
Addie picked up on sucking out of a straw the first time we introduced it to her at about 9 months. Otherwise, we “practiced” with the soft spout sippy cups, but she didn’t really catch on until probably 7 or 8 months.
Post # 10
So helpful! Thanks everyone!
@jubyju22: Thanks for the link! That’s pretty cool. What type of glasses do you use?
@tiramisu: Oh nice, someone who is coming from the exact same place (BF & Tommee Tippee) what brand of straw cup?
@mandypop: Thanks! Any suggestions for brands?
@Mrs. Spring: Great! What brands did you/do you use? We have the swivel dot high chair because of you (at least I think you are the one who suggested it on here!) and we LOVE that thing 😉
Post # 11
@Sulli301: I LOVE that high chair! In fact, I think we’re going to keep Addie in it and just buy a new one for the baby. Addie’s getting a little tall for it, but it’s so convenient!
Initially, we bought the Avent Magic Trainer cups. The handles swivel independently from the rest of the cup, which is much easier to use than the the similar style of Gerber cups. Now, we also have some of these Munchkin Straw Sippy Cups and these Munchkin Soft Spout sippy cups, which are better for her now that she’s bigger and can grasp a larger cup.
Post # 12
We started out little one at 4 months with a sippy cup because we needed him to drink juice. We got the 4 month old Tommee Tippee Explorar soft spout. It was good but if I did it all over again, I would get the 6 month Explora soft spout with the handles. He couldn’t hold the 4 month one and use it easily.
I don’t know if we have an easy child but he understood it very quickly. He has also taken to the straw cups (Nuby brand) and camelbak. We bought him a children’s camelbak and he can definately draw water out of it. Most of the time he doesn’t swallow the water but he doesn’t need it so I don’t worry.
Post # 13
It sounds silly but we just got some shot glasses from Ikea. They have octagonal sides so they are little bit easier for him to grip than the circular ones. Pretty much any small glass would work as long as the baby is able to hold it comfortably. Montessori believes that babies and children should be exposed to fine/nice things and that real glasses, silverware and plates all in appropriate sizes should be used as opposed to plastic things. We aren’t completely rigid about it and are still using a highchair with him.. I have a small chair and am working on putting together a small table so I can start having him sit at his own table. Anyways, I think it is pretty amazing what babies can do given the independence which in turn builds self confidence.
Post # 14
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@Sulli301: they are playtex little gripper twist and click straw cups. you can find them on amazon but they are cheaper at target.