When should I introduce a straw to a sippy cup?
While most people don’t think about it, you can introduce a straw cup or sippy cup as early as six months of age (or even earlier if you and baby will be apart for a feeding and baby is not interested in the bottle). However, most parents introduce a sippy cup or straw around 12 months of age.
At what age can an infant drink from a cup?
According to the AAP, age 6-9 months is an ideal time to let your baby experiment with cup drinking. You can do this with sippy cups (see below), or even help your baby drink from an open cup. This is just practice—he’ll be able to use a sippy cup solo by age 1, and an open-cup around age 18 months.
What cup should a 1 year old use?
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. It might be messy at first but be patient, your baby will gradually learn how to drink from an open cup. Once your baby is 1 year old, feeding from a bottle should be discouraged.
Do you still give formula to a 1 year old?
One-year-olds no longer need formula, and can now switch to whole milk. Some toddlers never drink milk; if that’s the case with your child, please don’t force it. Toddlers need the nutrients in milk — calcium and protein — but these nutrients are also available from other sources.