If you're a parent to a toddler, you may be wondering how to successfully get them out of breastfeeding or bottle-feeding stage and transition from bottle to cup. A silicone developmental baby-led weaning drinking cup like the Teenie Tiny is a safe option for your little one as they are made of 100% food-grade silicone that is free of phthalates, latex, lead, and BPA. Additionally, there is no hard plastic to irritate your baby's gums or developing teeth.
When Should a Cup be Introduced?
Most parents start cup training their children around six months old when they are able to eat solids. By then, they can hold their heads up and sit upright on their own.
If you're using a regular cup, it's important to have handles on it like the Teenie Tiny, the silicone developmental baby-led weaning drinking cup that your baby can grip easily. You can also try using a sippy cup with a soft spout for easier drinking. Start by offering your baby a few sips of water during mealtimes. If they're not interested, don't force them – just try again another day.
Once they're used to drinking from a cup, you can start giving them small amounts of other liquids like breastmilk or formula. Avoid sugary drinks like juices or soda, as these can cause cavities. And always make sure your baby is sitting upright when drinking from a cup to prevent choking.
How to Teach Your Baby to Drink From an Open Cup
Be prepared for some spills as you show your baby how to transition from bottle to cup. Follow these steps:
- Fill a cup halfway with breast milk, formula, or one to two ounces of water. Demonstrate to your baby how it's done by bringing an open cup to the table with 1-2 oz of breast milk, formula, or water in it at mealtime.
- Sit down, smile at your baby to get their attention, and then take a small sip from the cup. You can use the same cup if you prefer, or two cups, one for you and one for the baby.
- Hold the cup out in front of your baby and allow them to reach for it. Don't put it directly to their lips. Let them reach out and grab it, then help them get it into their mouth.
Teenie Tiny Vs. Other Baby-Led Transitional Cups
The Teenie Tiny is a cut above the rest because it is a silicone developmental baby-led weaning drinking cup. It outclasses other baby-led transitional cups because it is:
- Effective in enhancing motor function and muscle memory to promote learning
- 100% food grade silicone. Free of BPA, BPS, PV, phthalates, lead and latex
- A perfect two ounce size for small hands to promote safe drinking and decrease choking
- Non-slip grip on the bottom of each cup