You can teach your baby to drink from a straw starting at 6 months old. You might be surprised to find that your baby “gets it” immediately. This is common because 6-month-olds have a strong sucking reflex and can use that pattern successfully on a straw.
What cup should a 6 month old use?
Beakers and cups for babies
Introduce your baby to drinking from a cup or beaker from around 6 months and offer sips of water with meals. Using an open cup or a free-flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip and is better for your baby’s teeth.
When should I introduce water to my baby?
If your baby is under 6 months old, they only need to drink breastmilk or infant formula. From 6 months of age, you can give your baby small amounts of water, if needed, in addition to their breastmilk or formula feeds.
When should I start my baby on a sippy cup?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your little one is likely ready for you to begin introducing sippy cups to him or her between 6 – 9 months old.
What do you do if your baby won’t drink milk from a sippy cup?
Add a little milk to the water in a cup, and day-by-day start adding more milk and less water. In a few weeks, you can wean up to full strength milk. Do this gradually and maybe she won’t notice. Add something to the milk to make it extra tasty: chocolate syrup, or maybe a mashed-up, very soft banana.
Why are sippy cups not recommended?
Around 12 months your child’s swallow begins to mature and the continued used of a bottle or introduction of a hard-spouted sippy cup can interfere with progression from that infant suckle to a more mature swallow pattern. This is why we recommend ditching the bottle by 12 months of age and moving to a straw cup!
What drinks can you give a 6 month old?
6. Good drinks for babies and kids
- Breastmilk is best for baby and is the only food or drink that baby needs until around 6 months.
- If baby is formula fed, baby can be offered cooled, boiled water as well as formula.
- From around 6 months all babies can have cooled, boiled waterin a bottle or cup.
Can babies drink cow’s milk at 6 months?
Cows’ milk can be used in cooking or mixed with food from around 6 months of age, but should not be given as a drink until your baby is 1 year old. Full-fat dairy products, such as pasteurised cheese and plain yoghurt or fromage frais, can be given from around 6 months of age.