Straws?? Teach them??
Celena - posted on 04/28/2010
I've done the filling the straw thing too but I think what really helped was these bags of fruit puree with nozzles that are made by Plum Tot/Plum Baby. I was feeding him those and he got used to the motion of sucking and then the straw transition was simple.
Tracy - posted on 04/28/2010
Griffin drinks well from a straw. We "taught" him by taking a straw full of water then put your finger on the top to keep the liquid in it. put the bottom of the straw full of water in kiddo's mouth, they should close their mouth around it to keep water in while kind of sucking. Soon, it should carry over to suck the liquid up the straw from a cup. Good luck.
Shanah Cheyenne - posted on 04/26/2010
i couldnt get my son to use a sippy cup because he wont tip it. he never held his own bottle, not because he couldn't but it was a comfort thing to have me hold it and holding him too. it was cuddle time, not really feeding time in his mind. anyway, i tried the straw sippy cups but i couldn't even suck anything from it the first time, so how could i expect him to? the no spill thing is a good idea but i couldn't see him ever using that. i got a set of those cheap disposable sippy cups with straws and i held it, afraid of the spills. he didn't understand to suck at first but when he did it on accident it was a surprise to him. his eyes got big and he spit it out at first but then he kept going for it. once he realized he could drink it instead of spit it out we had success! and to my surprise, the hole for those cups is pretty tight so if he drops his cup on the floor, there usually isn't a mess. he usually drinks water anyway but if i give him juice or something else i just try to hold it for him and keep it higher on the counter. he will ask for it when he wants another drink.
Bethany - posted on 04/24/2010
I've taught Charlotte how to drink from a cup, for that very reason.
She can drink from a normal water bottle, or a cup when she has to.
Can't see the point of teaching her to use a straw.
I made the holes really big on her sippy so when she tips it up, she has to be ready for it, this made it a bit easier for her when I held a cup for her, she was already "drinking" before the water got to her mouth. Took a couple of months, but she's got it now, and can hold it herself and drink.
Kereen - posted on 04/24/2010
I have always been a habitual straw user myself. So as soon as Mason was sitting up I tried him on a straw sippy. He didn't much like those they are harder to drink from because of the "no spill" deal. But he can drink very well from a regular bendy straw that I prefer. I just hold it up right near his lips so he does not try to shove the entire thing in his mouth. And yes he does drink more from a straw than his regular basic sippy. I think because he sees that's how I drink everything from.
Karen - posted on 04/19/2010
With Isaiah...I let him suck on it, some liquid would come up then I would pinch it in the middle. Then when he sucked again he would actually get something. Otherwise he would never have the suction to get it all the way to his mouth lol. It helped him get the hang of it that way.
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