How to teach baby use straw?
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Heather - posted on 06/21/2010
Try juice boxes. I would put it in front of him and when he put the straw in his mouth, I would give it a little squeeze and he started to suck a little with each squeeze and then on his own. He got the hang of it right away and was sipping on his own with in a couple days. It's one of his more recent accomplishments. Before offering the juice box, he had no idea what to do with a straw. Good luck. :-)
Katie - posted on 05/31/2010
My husband has a friend that told us to get our little girl a milk shake and suck the ice cream up to the top of the straw, then give it to her. It worked very well. Once she figured that out, she has had no trouble transferring the skill to water, milk, or the occasional cranberry juice slush from sonic! :) She now thinks that if there is a straw anywhere nearby, the drink is for her.
Crystal - posted on 06/18/2010
When I started teaching my daughter for that whole week I made my boyfriend and I did myself, use straws for everything and she had a straw in her cup as well. I believe she just copied us. For the first few times she got a lot of liquid and then spit out but after the first day she was able to get it down pat =]
My daughter learned when she was 11 months old using a capri sun drink (The silver packets of juice) The straw is skinny and close to the drink so it fits in their mouth and they dont have to suck hard at all just kind of breath in or suck in as much as they would with a bottle probably. She still cant use a big straw like from wendys because she doesnt have the lung capasity but she still gets the idea and knows to suck on a capri sun
Kristy - posted on 06/16/2010
this sounds kinda odd but my son has been drinking from a straw from around 4 months. reason being, he was a reflux and colicky baby so we had to give him medication and we used a pipette. he used to suck it out by himself - i guess he knew it was good for him - and he has used straws ever since. i do have a sippy cup though that has a straw made of silicone (or the like) that folds down when the lid is closed. i wouldnt recommend these as they harbor bacteria and are very hard to clean. i have resorted to a twist top drink bottle, which although is not spill proof, is easier to keep clean. children learn from adult actions and they watch and imitate. everyone's child is different and they will learn things in their own time. just remember what we take for granted like using a straw or fork are all learned milestones and support your little one in learning. imagine being in a new world or even a new job, where things might be done differently and you have to learn from scratch, this is how our little ones feel. good luck xx
Kristy - posted on 06/12/2010
My daughter learned around 8 months with a medicine syringe. She loved the taste of motrin and so when I squirted it in her mouth, she just started sucking on it to get more. So when I introduced a straw sippy cup to her, I put a small dab of Motrin around the rim of the straw and she started sucking. Good luck.
Miko - posted on 06/10/2010
My daughter learned how to use a straw around 8 months. We used a clear one in front of her and she saw the dark liquid coming up and then would try and we just kept doing it in front of her and eventually she learned how to do it. Just offer it alot and he will get it!
Natasha - posted on 06/10/2010
My little one really learned to suck on the straw (and not bite it) when I tried one of those little juice boxes. If you squeeze the juice box a little, juice comes up the straw and he started sucking. It really just took that one time. Also the narrow straw helps them get the fluid more easily so they are rewarded for their efforts more quickly when first learning.
Kylie - posted on 06/08/2010
Hi, I use sippy cups that have a straw attached. When I was first teaching the babies I tipped the cup up so the water ran down the straw then they seemed to get it from there. Apparently when using a straw babies actually drink more water. Good luck it can be a challenge to teach these little darlings new tricks :-))
Rebecca - posted on 06/06/2010
I wouldn't worry too much as long as your child is drinking don't worry how they do it. by the time they are all 5 i bet they will all be drinking out of straws and most probably blowing bubbles and everything else that they can think of doing with a straw lol. Good luck to those of you who are going to give it a try.
Nikki - posted on 06/04/2010
my son learnt by watching me and imitating but also what i would do is put one finger on the top of the straw when it was in the cup you know so it holds the liquid in then i would put the straw in his mouth and let him suck out the water now he always uses a straw
Amy - posted on 06/03/2010
we gave Lillia a straw a couple of months ago and she loves it. i would reccommend using a straw thats not too hard and one that the water comes out of easily. some of the sippy cups with straws are actually quite hard to suck out of and the baby gets sick of it! but a warning, the ones where the water comes out easier will leak!
Hannah - posted on 05/29/2010
I think my bub just learnt from watching me and imitating. I was sitting at a cafe and he was playing with the straw and next thing i heard was sucking noise when he reached the bottom!!! eek!
maybe suck a bit of liquid up in the straw and put your thumb over the end to keep the liquid in and then empty it into his mouth and let him try and suck it out???
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