Should I choose a cup with a straw for my baby?
Should I choose a cup with a straw when my baby first learns drinking from a cup?
- Drinking through a straw requires different oral motor skills from drinking from a cup with a spout. For young babies, drinking from a cup with a spout is easier.
- At 7 to 9 months of age, you can offer your baby a training cup with a spout. Once they are able to drink from the training cup, introduce the straw.
Tips for using a cup with a straw:
- Offer your baby a cup with a straw only when he or she is seated up. Guide him/her to hold the cup;
- Do not take the cup to sleep or bed;
- Babies get most of the water they need from milk and other moist or soft foods, therefore they don't need a large amount of water. They usually take a few sips each time. You can offer water more often but never force them to drink;
- Offer milk, water, clear soup or other drinks in a straw cup or cup to let baby learn using a cup
- Avoid providing milk, fruit juices other than mealtimes. This helps minimise sugar intake and prevent tooth decay;
- Do not put lumps and solids in the cup when offering fluid.