Does your baby drink from a straw?

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My son can not figure out how to use a straw. Whenever we try to give him a drink, he just bites the straw and can't get any liquid out. We've tried everything. How did you teach your baby to drink from a straw?

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Danielle - posted on 10/22/2010

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I started out by putting my finger over the end of the straw, trapping water or juice inside. Then I'd put the other end in his mouth and only release the juice when he sucked. After a week or so of that he started getting the hang of it!

Sharon - posted on 10/23/2010

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Our guy just picked it up one day hey. We gave him a popper (juice box I think you guys call them) and he took to it straight away. I was totally surprised. I think it may be because he always tries to suck out of his sippy cup without tipping it up, so it was kinda the same motion as drinking from the straw.

Stephanie - posted on 10/26/2010

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just keep giving him the straw if there is something sweet in the cup he is more ikely to try harder to get it.

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Megan - posted on 12/09/2012

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i made a fruit smoothie one day and my lil mia we call her greedy around here, my little greedy wanted it. i gave her some by hoalding the top and when she realized it was sweet and sone of her favorite fruits were involved she wanted more. after a few sips with me holding the top i then tried the regular way and there she went!!! at 7 1/2 months

Angel - posted on 05/15/2011

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My son has been drinking through a straw since he was about 10 months old. We taught him like Danielle Hoxit did except we also let him play with straws to get the hang of them.

Carmina - posted on 05/10/2011

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one day my son just figured it out lol. if easier let him just drink out of a cup, thats my sons favourite way to drink now!

Veronique - posted on 04/26/2011

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I actually just gave my 17 month old a juice with a straw and she drank from it. It was a juice box and she didn't even sqeeze it were all the juice just poures out, she was a real champ, her almost 3 year old sister can drink from a juice box but i need to keep reminding her not to sqeeze to hard.

Hilary - posted on 04/10/2011

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What I did was two things to help him learn:

First I did a sucking noise from my mouth over and over and I think it helped him understand what I was saying.

Second I would take the straw and suck the juice up to the top and then close it off at the bottm and put it in his mouth, when he realized that there was something in it he started sucking it like he would a sippy cup and BAM! Now he drinks from a straw allll the time lol.

I hope that helps! ♥

Jessica - posted on 04/03/2011

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my lil guy picked up the stray just a few weeks ago, with a water at when i forgot his sippy cup in the car. unfortunatly now he steals ALL the straws!

Tracy - posted on 03/26/2011

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My daughter caught on with a juice box. We lightly squeezed the box so juice would go up the straw. She figured it out from there.

Heather - posted on 03/25/2011

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These are great suggestions! My 17 month old twins are having a hard time with the straw, but mostly because they tip the cup like a regular sippy cup and then nothing goes in the straw!

Lara - posted on 03/25/2011

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I've been trying to give my 8-month old the sippy cup for a couple of months now, no luck! She just doesn't want any part of it. A few days ago, she saw me drinking with a straw and she was curious, so I gave her the straw and she was able to get water out very easily. Then I went and bought cups with a very soft straw and juice boxes. The juice boxes are great because you can squeeze the juice out and help her understand what the straw is for. Plus you want to start with something that she likes, they usually don't like water so much. So then I put a little bit of juice with a lot of water in her new cup, I took off the return on the straw, and she would drink some every couple of hours. You must let her want it though and not frustrate her with it like I did with the sippy cup. Best of luck!

Lara - posted on 03/25/2011

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I've been trying to give my 8-month old the sippy cup for a couple of months now, no luck! She just doesn't want any part of it. A few days ago, she saw me drinking with a straw and she was curious, so I gave her the straw and she was able to get water out very easily. Then I went and bought cups with a very soft straw and juice boxes. The juice boxes are great because you can squeeze the juice out and help her understand what the straw is for. Plus you want to start with something that she likes, they usually don't like water so much. So then I put a little bit of juice with a lot of water in her new cup, I took off the return on the straw, and she would drink some every couple of hours. You must let her want it though and not frustrate her with it like I did with the sippy cup. Best of luck!

Tamara - posted on 11/04/2010

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Try squeezing a bit of the liquid up the straw for him, I did this using a milk drink in a popper. After a few times he figured it out.

Juliann - posted on 11/04/2010

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get excited when he puts his mouth on the straw, like clapping and telling him good job, hell want to use the straw more the that attention, the more he uses it, bitting or not, hell get the hang of it,and as soon as something comes out of the straw, hell never wanna put it down lol.... thats what we did with out son. now every time we have ne thing with a straw, he wants it and just drains it!

Sarah - posted on 11/04/2010

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We did the samething as Danielle Hoxit, We trapped the water in the straw and waited for Leah to suck on it and now she has the hang of it. To me it seemed to be the easiest way to get them to drink form a straw I did it with all my kids

Jenny - posted on 11/02/2010

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I didn't really have to teach my daughter cuz she just did it on her own. I just held it in the middle of her mouth and where she couldn't stick it all the way down her throat and she figured it out pretty quick. Sounds like he's trying to figure it out just keep trying.

Candace - posted on 11/02/2010

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My son started drinking from a straw pretty early on. Id say by 8 months he was on the straw sippy! He started off with a juice box. I was just trying it out, thinking he wouldnt understand it that early, but he emidiately took to it on the very first try! He will use regular sippy cups laying down but he will be 13 months tomorrow and still doesnt know how to tip the sippy, so I think thats why he likes the straw better. He never figured out how to tip his bottle so he would just sit there and suck of it thinking he would get something, so it was pretty mucht he same motions with the straw, he sucked and IT WORKED! So hes been on a straw ever since!

Lara - posted on 11/01/2010

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My son drinks from a straw. He just turned one. He just figured it out a few weeks ago and I made no effort to teach him. He just figured it out on his own and surprised me when his grandma gave him a juice box and he did it. Your Little Man will too soon

Jenny - posted on 10/31/2010

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My daughter always chewed on the straw too. Then I gave her a sip of my milkshake. Because the milkshake was thick, itstayed near the top of the straw so when she bit it she got some of the milkshake. She wanted more and started sucking. Now she knows how to use a straw.

Kyra - posted on 10/31/2010

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Its actutally a hard challenge for them. My daughter learned at like 9 months, I used to stop the top of the straw with my finger and give her the end with liquid. When she suctioned it I would let go of the top. She also showed me one day that she knew how to blow in and out. So I would show her to blow in with the straw in her mouth. It shocked her the first 20 times she did it but now she loves it. She drinks out of cut with out attachments on them also.

Rosie - posted on 10/30/2010

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My LO grabbed my CamelBak when she was about 8 months and started drinking out of it! There was no teaching her, she just did if. I think that's how it works with stuff like that- they'll do it when they're ready.

Meghan - posted on 10/30/2010

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Try this: Do what you have been doing, but when you put it in his mouth, blow a little in the other end of the straw. The added pressure might trigger the sucking reflex.

Gretchen - posted on 10/27/2010

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I did the same as Danielle. It didn't work for a long time but then, one day, I forgot his sippy cup and gave him my strawed cup and he just did what he needed. Maybe he isn't thirsty? That is my thought as to why he is playing. My son did that.

Dominique - posted on 10/27/2010

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My daughter, she's 12 months and 2 weeks, she actually just started by herself, I had my glass of juice on the table, she went for it, I pretended not to see her(she would stop if she knew i was watching) and she picked it up and started drinking!!

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My baby learned to drink from a straw the same as Danielle's baby. She drank water from our straws then when I gave her a sippy cup with a straw she took right to it.

Christine - posted on 10/26/2010

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Try the rubbermaid litter less juice box sippy cups. They have a straw and you can squeeze them to get liquid out. My son is on a feeding tube and was never able to suck from a bottle, but after practicing with these sippys he finally figured out how to suck!

Crystal - posted on 10/25/2010

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well my son has been drinking out of a straw since he was 7 months we really didn't teach him how we just kind of just tried to see what he would do n hes been drinking out of a straw since

Cheryl - posted on 10/25/2010

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My little guy just turned one on Sunday. He hasn't figured it out either. I end up bringing a sippy cup to restaurants and have them fill it with milk at his meals. We've tried putting our fingers on the end. He likes that but hasn't realized that the same sucking action will get him a lot more if we kept the straw in the cup the proper way. Oh well, it will come with time.

Stephanie - posted on 10/25/2010

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I was in Macdonalds with my daughter and she kept pointing to the drinks with straws in, so I put in her cup and she just sucked and took a drink, suprised her a bit so I clapped and praised her, and then she had a few more sips.

Tamie - posted on 10/25/2010

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We just gave her a juice box every lunch and when we asked her if she wanted a drink we would squeeze the box a tiny bit enough for her to taste it after a while she relized if she sucked on the straw herself she would get a lot more only took her about 3-5 days

Jennifer - posted on 10/24/2010

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We did the same thing others have said about trapping water or milk in the straw, and putting the end with the water in her mouth. I'd slowly release a little to let her know to suck, and she took to it after only a couple tries. It took about a week to get her to realize she could suck out of a straw in a cup, but I used the same method, sucking the water up and trapping it for her. Then I found a Nubby sippy cup with a straw that holds the fluid in the straw instead of letting it slide back down. I sucked the juice up in the straw for her, and as soon as she tasted it she started sucking. Now she won't touch any other sippy cup.



We've tried juice boxes, but she's figured out how to squeeze them. She'd rather squirt herself in the face with the juice than drink out of it!

Robyn - posted on 10/24/2010

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I bought one of those sippy cups with the straw inside and my son @ 11mths put it too his mouth and didn't do anything, just bit it, then I tried it a week or so later & he loves it? He turns 1 this wknd and in a few weeks, has changed in the way that he has grasped so many differnt obticles... Here comes the Toddler :)

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I taught my daughter how to use a straw just yesterday and to be honest, I'm not really sure what I did! LOL I started off by making the sucking sound. She mistook that for blowing (she loves blowing raspberries) and was blowing bubbles in the water for awhile. But then I showed her myself by taking a drink and she just did it. Sorry, I don't think that really helps, does it? I'd just suggest offering it to him throughout the day, let him play with it and eventually he'll figure it out.

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Our daughter never really like sippy's so we went from breast/bottle to straw cups. We did the same thing with trapping water and "feeing" it to her. I only had to do it once and she got it. BUT with our older daughter, she loved her sippys and wanted nothing to do with a straw until about 18 moths. I think it is all about when they are ready! Hope that helps! =)

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