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It's not too early to introduce a cup to your baby. Many babies can take their first sips as early as 4 or 5 months and are ready to handle a cup sometime between 6 and 12 months.

Try piquing your baby's interest in a cup by shopping for one with a bright color or appealing picture on it. A sippy cup, which has a top with a spout, may be easier for your baby to use; spill-proof types are great at preventing messes. A cup with a straw is also a good learning tool, though slightly more difficult to clean. Choose a cup with handles on the sides as a starter model, since it will be easier for your baby to hold. And, of course, any cup you use ought to be unbreakable — you can count on it being flung to the ground often.

Introduce a cup gradually, perhaps during one feeding a day at first. Holding your baby securely and upright, bring the cup to his mouth and tilt it just a little. Be patient as your baby will likely make a mess as he practices lapping and then drinking.

If your baby seems to have trouble with the first cup you try, consider a different type or brand. Some sippy cups have a valve that works almost too well, making it hard to get liquid out. Your baby may also find a cup with a nipple-like spout easier or more appealing. Because sipping is different from sucking, some parents find it easiest to start with a lidless cup, tilting it to the baby's mouth, until she gets the general idea that this is a new feeding source.

publicado por Claudia Borralho às 09:58

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De May a 26 de Outubro de 2007 às 14:40
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