Hey Mommies! I shared a post on sippy cups vs straw cups and how you can actually skip the sippy cup and go straight to a straw cup with your baby. You may be thinking “That sounds great! But how in the world do I teach my baby to drink from a straw??”
I’ve made a video to go over a few different tips and tricks on how to teach your baby to drink from a straw.
To summarize the video:
Start with a firm straw so your baby can’t bite down and collapse it. The straws on Take & Toss cups work really well. You can also use Take & Toss straw cups to squeeze up some fluid into your babies mouth.
You can also drip some liquid into your baby’s mouth by covering the end of a straw and slowly releasing it into their mouth.
Food squeeze pouches work well to promote straw drinking skills because you can squeeze some into your baby’s mouth, and eventually the baby will suck some out like they would with a straw. The thicker consistency of food will also be easier to manage.
Once your baby learns with a harder straw and is able to suck up some liquid, you can transition to a silicon type straw cup with a valve.
TYPICALLY, with any of the methods I’ve discussed, you will start to see your baby close their lips around the straw and do some sucking (see picture above). If your baby doesn’t get it right away, don’t be discouraged. Just keep practicing and giving your baby opportunities to try.
Drinking from a straw requires different coordination and muscle movements than drinking from a bottle or even sippy cup. It may take some time for your little one to catch on, but they’ll get there.
Let me know if any of these tips or tricks work for you or if there’s any other methods you’ve used to teach your baby to drink from a straw!
By: Emily Bettis, MOT/L
Emily Bettis, MOT/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and mother. She has been working with children birth-5 since 2008 and has been a mother since 2013. Emily is the founder and author HeyMommies.com