Cups for Crawlers

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  • By 7 to 8 months, most babies can hold a cup without handles.
  • Use a variety of easy-grip plastic cups that hold a maximum 4 to 6 fl. oz.

By the time your baby becomes a Crawler, she’s likely to be honing her cup-holding skills. Switching up the shape of the bottle can help improve her cup skills even quicker.

There are a variety of cups to choose from:  

Hourglass-shaped cups are easy to pick up and set down without tipping.
Disposable cups are cute and convenient, and can be used for babies on-the-go.
Insulated cups keep drinks cool and fresh.  

How to offer a cup
Hand a cup to her with a small amount of water and help her to bring the cup to her mouth. Slowly tilt the cup for her, and after a lot of these cup trials she will be able to do it on her own. You will notice she has an incomplete lower lip seal, so a cup with a spout can help control spills. If you continue these steps and have her watch you drink from a cup, she will be on her way to drinking only from a cup.

Quick cup do's and don’ts
Do have a variety of cup shapes so she continues to learn.
Do choose easy-grip cups.
Do use a regular cup too. This works different mouth muscles, helping her hone yet another skill.

Don’t let her carry the cup everywhere she goes.
Don’t put her to bed with the cup, to avoid her drinking too much or getting cavities.

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