As a parent, we long to see our children overcome obstacles and grow up. It’s one of the best parts of being a parent: cheering beside your children. It doesn’t seem like much, but transitioning from a bottle or breastfeeding to a cup is a big deal.
But some kids may be apprehensive and resist. If they aren’t ready, that’s just fine. There’s no rush. But if you think they are ready, here are some tips to help make the transition.
1. Find the right cup for your child – Often the entire transition can be overcome if you give your child the right cup at the start. Try hard and soft spouts, straws, and cups with or without handles. If your child likes drinking from it, they’ll likely transition faster without any complaint.
2. Expose them to other kids – Kids often want to do what other kids are doing. This is why kids who go to daycare usually transition quickly. Have your child spend some time with another kid who uses sippy cups so they can see that other kids do it.
3. Transition slowly – If your kid is apprehensive about making the switch, do it slowly. Give them a sippy cup at a time when they are distracted by other things, like when they are eating dinner at the table with the family. Don’t give a sippy cup when they are sitting quietly before bed and they can focus on how much they don’t like it.
4. Be an example – To your kids who only know breasts or a bottle, a sippy cup is a foreign object. They have no idea how to handle it. Sit beside your child and drink from your own sippy cup. Yes, you’ll feel silly, but being an example is an excellent way to teach kids.
5. Let them be messy – Stand over the tub or sink and let them play with the cup so they get used to how it works and what if feels like. Let them fill it up, dump it out, and make a good mess.
6. Remove the regulator – Some cups have a plastic regulator inside that prevents too much liquid from coming out. Sometimes they can add a plastic taste to the liquid that kids can’t stand. And if your kid prefers a stronger flow, they will be disappointed. Try serving a drink with the regulator removed.
Tell us about your experience transitioning from the sippy cup.
Written by Karen Barski, BSN, RN, Mother of five, Certified Infant Care Specialist & Instructor, & Inventor of the Woombie Baby Swaddle
Karen has been an RN for 18 years, and has worked in many different nursing roles. As a Certified Infant Care Specialist, Karen counsels thousands of families yearly on a multitude of issues relating to pregnancy and infancy. Also, as a mother of five, she has invaluable experience and tips to share.
Since 2007, Karen’s company, KB Designs, has invented a line of signature baby swaddle products that have helped parents easily transition their new babies from womb to home. There are multiple designs and sizes so that babies can enjoy the comfort and security of the Woombie up until the time they begin to roll.
Each product has been created and designed by Karen because of a need she identified in her life with her five children. With convenience, safety, and fashion in mind, KB Designs has helped over a half million babies and counting!
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