A baby is either breastfed or bottle-fed, but as your baby gets a little older, he or she can gradually learn to drink from a cup by itself. Different models are available for each phase of this learning process. In this article we explain when which cup is best suited for your toddler.
From bottle to cup
Drinking from a cup is a skill that children gradually learn. This whole process starts when they are about four months old on average and takes about fifteen months in total.
Many cups indicate the recommended age for the cup, but you don't have to follow that to the letter. After all, every child learns to drink at its own pace. So which cup to give to your toddler depends on their development at that moment.
The right cup for your toddler
Depending on your child's progress in terms of its oral motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination, you can use one of these four models:
1. Trainer cup
When? From 4 months, for a child who can sit supported
2. Spout cup
A spout cup supports the transition to a sucking drinking reflex. The spout is usually soft, so it doesn't hurt the gums.
When? From 6 months, for a child who can sit without assistance
In some cases, it may be useful to give your toddler a cup with a straw in the intervening period. These cups help further develop the child's oral motor skills.
When? From 9 months, for a child who can crawl
Cup with a rim
The ultimate goal is to have your toddler drink from the rim of a cup, just like an adult. Of course, this is never without a few spills. That's why cups with an 'anti-spill rim' are particularly handy.
When? From 6 months, for a child who can crawl