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Cup Resistance (13 months old baby)

Cup Resistance

Sooner or later all children learn to use the cup; however it is better to get them to do it earlier than later. The best time is early in the second half of the first year when babies are more pliable and less resistant to new things. Still, it is never too late to get your toddler started on the cup. These tips should help the more resistant toddler:

1. Go cup shopping together; get your child to pick her favorite style, color or design. Some prefer cups with one handle, some two, some like a spout, others prefer a built in straw. And yet some prefer to be adult-like and go for the real glass. If you can, buy several so that your toddler has a choice during meals. All cups should be non-breakable and with a weighted bottom to make tipping less likely.

2. Allow your toddler to get acquainted with her cup; let her use to feed her doll or to fill and empty in the sink.

3. Always offer your toddler the cup before the bottle but hold back the pressure. Pour a small amount of water or her favorite drink at each meal and place it within reach. If she pushes the cup away or ignores it, don't force her. Continue with this no-pressure approach and one day when she is particularly thirsty or adventurous she may cave in and surprise you with her first sip.

4. Even if she is resisting the bottle substitute, you should start cutting back on bottle feedings. The human body craves liquids and ultimately your toddler will take them any way she can get them. Make sure she gets adequate calcium from other sources such as cheese and full-fat yoghurt if she is drinking less milk during the weaning process.

5. Dinking from the cup can be a messy business until your toddler becomes proficient. A large bib and a plastic sheet or newspapers spread under the high chair should take care of the spills. Don't make a fuss about the spills or you might give your toddler another reason to resist the cup.

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