Hey Mommies! Picking out your baby’s first sippy cup can be very confusing and overwhelming! Do you pick a soft spout? Hard spout? Long or short spout? Handles? No Handles? Same brand as your baby’s bottle?
Here is a video I made to help you with this decision.
Main Points Summarized:
* Choose a cup with a hard spout- Silicone spouts are similar to the bottle and seem like a good idea, but really aren’t much different than just using a bottle. They can also be hard to suck from initially.
* Choose a cup with a longer, flat/thin spout- This is easier for your baby to manage and learn to suck on. Shorter, stubbier, and fatter spouts can be more difficult to manage.
* Choose a cup with handles (if possible)- The first 2 criteria are more important than handles, but handles really help your baby hold on when they are first learning.
* You can actually start with a straw instead of a sippy- Babies around 6 months can start with and actually learn to drink from a straw instead of a sippy cup. Learn more here!
This is the Avent cup that I mention in the video. It has a nice long narrow spout and handles (not visible in this picture)
When you start with your baby’s first sippy cup, also remember not to give up, and keep trying. Starting a sippy cup is a whole new experience for a baby. They may be very unsure at first. It may even seem like they don’t like it, but they need time to get used to it. If you try 1 or 2 times a day over about a week, they should start to catch on.
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