Seven to 12 months is the perfect time to introduce a sippy cup.
First things first: buy ones with lids that fit tightly.
Second thing: buy ones with lids that fit tightly.
Now that we’re clear on that, sterilize all parts of the sippy cup before you give it to baby for the first time. After subsequent uses, don’t forget to take the sippy cup all the way apart, removing the rubber stoppers and washing them separately each time. I may or may not be able to speak from experience that if you leave the rubber stopper in too many times between washings, it gets a little funky.
Start baby out with a little water, and let him just go to town with the cup. He may not be able to hold it still at first, and he may hit everything but his mouth. He may also not understand how to tip the cup back to drink from it. It’s OK if he needs a little help.
At the same time I introduced the sippy cup, I introduced the “sports bottle” type cup with a thick straw. Now, developmentally, babies aren’t supposed to be able to use a straw that early, but I never understood that. They can suck, right? My boys learned to use a sippy cup and a straw cup simultaneously with no problems.
As they grow, they’ll become more coordinated. By the time they turn one, they should have the sippy cup mastered!
Tip 7-12 months: It’s getting colder, so keep socks on baby’s feet. At this age, they may be learning to stand or walk, so buy socks with the great rubber grips on the bottom to help traction.