This month, my dear Yvette could drink from cup without much water was spilled onto the floor. She could also drink water from the mineral water bottle and my water bottle too. But letting her drinking all by herself using these two bottles will give me some chores to do.
She started drinking from cup since young age as I was trying to wean her off from breastfeeding. She rejected bottle, so I tried cup. She didn’t mind drinking water from cup but she rarely drank milk from the cup.
So cup is not a stranger to her at tender age of 6 mths. Even my water bottle and mineral water bottle are not any stranger to her.
Being a very curious baby/toddler, she always stares hard on me when I am doing my stuffs beside her. One day, when I was drinking my water, I saw her looking at me intensely. This idea came into my mind, I let her tried drinking water from my bottle and soon she like the idea. So from time to time, if I am drink water, I let her have a sip.
Slowly and surely, she wanted to take control over the cup and bottle and drink all by herself. I didn’t “train” her every day. Only from time to time when I do remember, I will pass her the cup. But still, I will still be the one holding it. However, if I do pass her the cup, when the water spill on the floor, I hardly or almost never scold her for the accident.
A few days ago, I received an email from Mum Centre. (Usually I hardly open the mail and read timely.) I opened the mail and I read on. It record baby from 18 to 24 mth can drink from cup easily. So, I just give it a try. I think I am blessed with luck that Yvette can really drink from cup easily without much “opportunity” to do so.
Yvette is not early to achieve this milestone, she is just in time. But one thing I found out is, she can drink using her LEFT hand holding the cup and eat with her RIGHT hand. Hmmm can she draw circle using left hand and right hand drawing square in the future!!!
Anyway, I do have some experiences to share regarding this:
- Never give our child full cup of water. Always fill the cup with only a quarter of water to minimize accident.
- Never scold our child for spilling the water onto the floor. They have no idea how to control the flow of the water as they are still learning.
- Some train using training cup. This I never try (I start straight from normal cup) but this is a good choice of cup to use for a start.
- Some use different cup. I use a mixture of cups and bottles. (To make it interesting?)