Madeline is 21 months old - and still uses a beaker. To be honest, I haven't really pushed an open cup on her, but I'm thinking I need to now. Whenever I have tried her with one, she tends to stick her tongue in it rather than sip from it! She can do it, and has on occasion, but I don't know if this is something she should be doing now at this age.
Do your LOs drink from an open cup or beaker - and what ages where they when they started? Should I be pushing it now with Madeline?
She's on the ball with most things, her speech is really advanced for her age and she understands what she needs to do - but she just keeps sticking her tongue in if I give her an open cup!
I wouldn't really push it. I think she's still at a good age to be using a sippy cup. My LO is still on a bottle and uses a sippy cup/open cup at meal times, so consider yourself lucky!
Kenneth started drinking from an open cup when he was about 18 months, but now he's mastered it and prefers to use an open cup during meal times. I would leave it out for her and put a small amount of water/juice/milk in it, so if she does spill it it doesn't go everywhere. I would not push it though, I don't think it's really necessary for your LO at this age to be on an open cup.
Thank you. We ditched the bottle about 2/3 months ago, and she has a dedicated milk beaker which she's okay with. She has water in a sippy cup throughout the day - but I think I will just start leaving an open cup with a bit of water in it at mealtimes - thanks.
Willow ditched her beaker last month and now drinks from a cup, i didnt even think about it until one day we were in a restaurant and she had a cup as they ha no bottles of fruit juice and she just drank from it! i literally did nothing, lol!
Try her with one, whats the worst that could happen, but dont take her beaker away just yet
My LO has drank from an open cup since he was under a year, but we still use a sippy for when we go out. He will get distracted holding the cup and spill it. But we always use an open cup for meals, etc.
I don't know what age they "should" be using a cup though - I really don't think it's a big deal. Especially at such a young age. My LO doesn't like using things that are different from what we use, so he has been eating from plates/bowls/cups and using utensils for a long time. If he hadn't been adamant about using the cup (it was the only thing he would drink from) then I don't know if he would be using one now
Just in the past month or so we've been giving Harvey an open cup at meal times and for his milk at bedtime. He has a sippy cup to help himself to between meals. They use open cups in the 2s - 3s room at nursery so he was used to it before we gave him one regularly.
Ihsan has been drinking out of an open cup since around 1 year he has always had a good grip and balances things quite well including himself on the strangest obstacles lol! He wouldn't drink anything except bm for ages and it was wearing me down so I used a 'big cup the same as mummys' to encourage him to have sips of water/milk. He enjoys using a straw which he just took to straight away, you could try that? x
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