Baby-led Weaning Wednesdays: Straws

We never used sippy cups because of the speech problems associated with them. So straight from the get-go we used a regular cup with Peanut. She couldn’t hold it herself, so we held it for her. It was cute for a few months, but then it became an annoyance.

She would whine when she wanted us to hold the water. She would try to hold it herself and spill it everywhere. I was constantly worried that she wasn’t getting enough water (which in hindsight is pretty silly because she was totally getting enough fluid from breastfeeding). So when my friend showed me how to teach her how to use a straw, I was ecstatic.

Little did I know it would take over a month of trying before she got it.

Now that she’s finally figured out how to drink from a straw, we bought her straw cups. After months of holding the glass for her, let me tell you these are pretty awesome. We bring it with us and she always has a drink. When we go to restaurants I’m never afraid the water will be too cold for her to drink or that they’ll forget and accidentally put ice in it. She carries it around the house just sipping away. It’s great.

So if you’re feeling frustrated about holding the cup all the time, try a straw. Then keep trying the straw because it may take some time.


2 thoughts on “Baby-led Weaning Wednesdays: Straws

    • One thing we did was take a straw, put it in the water, put your thumb over the top, then put the bottom of the straw in her mouth and make her suck to get it out. I don’t know if that made any sense, but if you google “teach toddler to use a straw” or something similar you should get plenty of info. Really, I don’t know if it helped though. She would do it right when we did it that way, but then couldn’t figure it out when we’d expect her to use the top of the straw. One day she just suddenly figured it out. Might have just been me demonstrating 5000 times. lol

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