Weaning by offering a cup

Getting your baby to use a cup may not be easy. These tips may make it easier:

  • Show your baby different types of cups and let him or her choose.
  • Try to use cups with a spout, two handles, and a rounded, weighted bottom. If your baby accidentally bumps the cup, it will stay upright and less liquid will be spilled.
  • If the cup does not have a lid and spout, put only about one sip of liquid at a time in the cup, in case your baby tips the cup over.
  • Do not be upset if your baby just wants to play with the cup at first.

Last Updated: June 19, 2008

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