Poor Noah has to deal with a pediatrician as a mom.
That means that he didn’t get fun bumpers on his crib. (Not to mention that the crib must be following the new guidelines.) He won’t get a walker. He will get every immunization. And we will attempt to wean off that bottle by one year of age.
This may be asking a lot of my little man, but I believe he can do it.
Why the sippy cup is bad for oral motor development
The sippy cup has become the go to cup after the bottle. This may be great for a typical child, but to help with oral motor development we need a regular cup or one with a straw. You saw us try with the straw a few weeks ago. First attempts are not meant to be successful and we have five more months to go right? We tried just a regular cup tonight.
Noah wanted to grab it right out of our hands and get his tongue on that pear juice. He thought it was awesome! Granted the majority of it ended up on the burp cloth underneath his chin, but it was a great start. 🙂
When should my baby stop using a bottle?
Why do we ask parents to be off the bottle? For one it is really bad on the teeth. It allows the sugary substances to hang out in the mouth a little longer than they should. It is also thought that if once a child is older and feeding themselves that if they are walking around with a bottle in their mouth all the time they will not use their mouth to communicate.
If you’re baby is under one year old be sure to check out this post on how to choose the best bottle for your child.
Straw cup vs. the sippy Cup
The straw is important for proper tongue placement in the mouth and helps build strength for their oral motor skills. The sippy cup does not promote proper tongue placement. You can always buy a straw cup but other methods for trying a straw are using a juice box or capri sun. This way you can squeeze the fluid into the mouth. Seth’s mom taught me this trick. I have yet to try it, but it will likely occur soon at our house and we’ll be sure to post a video for you.
Drinking from the cup as Noah is doing also promotes good tongue placement and oral motor skills. While it may be messy, we’ll gladly put up with it to help Noah with his speech development.
We love the heck out of this little guy.
What cups, straws, bottles, sippy cups have you had success with? Take a minute to leave a comment below telling us about your experience with any of these.