- By one year of age, most children should be able to grasp an open cup with both hands.
- Motor skills and hand-eye-mouth coordination are necessary for using a cup.
- Spilling is part of the learning process; expect spills before, during and after drinking.
- Practice will help your Toddler to perfect his cup drinking skills.
By the time your child reaches the Toddler stage, he’s probably enjoying the experience of drinking from a cup. You should take every opportunity to swap out his covered sippy cup for an open cup. Let him practice with an open cup, while seated at a table, as much as he is willing — practice will make perfect!
Cup drinking basics
Here’s what you can expect from your Toddler and his cup skills:
- He understands where to place both hands on the cup. Cups with handles help him figure this out.
- His hand-eye coordination is improving — making it easier to get the cup to his mouth.
- Expect some spilling. It’s a challenge for him to keep liquid steady as he brings the cup to his mouth, drinks and puts down the cup.
- When finished drinking, he’ll often release the cup or let it fall.
Good to know
Offering a full cup is easier to drink, because it requires less tilting up of the cup.
There are also ways that you can lend a helping hand:
- Use a cup that is heavy enough to be stable.
- Fill the cup almost to the top, so he doesn’t have to tilt it quite as much to drink.
- Try introducing a cup with a straw.
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