TEACHING YOUR BABY TO DRINK BY ITSELF
Your baby will soon want to learn to drink by itself. This will involve lots of spilling at first, but your baby will quickly catch on. Endure your baby’s bungling (protect your baby with a big bib) and wait for the triumphant look on your baby’s face when it manages to drink properly on its own.
When may my baby learn to drink by itself?
Most babies, no matter how small, will soon get a firm hold on their baby bottle while drinking. It will seem as if your baby already wants to drink by itself. Once your baby is able to sit upright you can start helping it in its first step towards drinking independently. You can start training your baby with a sippy cup and a cup with straw at approximately 9 months. Your baby will most likely learn to drink from a real cup around about its first birthday. It is important not to take these ages too literally. While some babies are already ready to learn to drink from a cup at 7 months, others prefer their baby bottle all through their first 12 months. Difrax recommends that you let the process depend on your baby’s development. As its parent, you are in the best position to determine when your baby is ready for each consecutive step.