Some families introduce cups around 6months when baby can start to have sips of water throughout the day with their table food. Other families introduce cups in the newborn period as a way to avoid confusion between breast and bottle. Regardless of when or why you are introducing cups you want to consider that the type of cup you introduce could have an impact on baby's oral motor development. In lactation-land its widely accepted that cups that require strong suction from the baby or those that have a spout can encourage too much cheek use and tongue thrusting. This cheek use and tongue thrusting can play a detrimental part in breastfeeding so if you are hoping to continue nursing, please consider using cups with open tops or those that don't require strong suction. The cups mentioned in the graphic fit the bill!
Be consistent, offer frequently, and let baby see you drinking from cups often. Babies will often want what you have! Prepare for spills, messes, fun and frustration. Learning motor skills is fun and messy at times but all a normal part of the process!
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