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How do I help my 15mon old drink using a straw?

Anonymous

My 15month old doesn't seem to understand how to drink from a straw. Any advice?

  • Anonymous
    Jan 31

    I read that filling a straw cup with purées is a great way to start. I haven’t personally tried it though.

  • Laura
    Jan 31

    No advice. Our daughter didn't start using straws until closer to 18 months

  • Joanna
    Jan 31

    Puree pouches? It isn't an important skill...try an open cup.

  • Ivy
    Jan 31

    I was so obsessed teaching my first to use a straw... he won’t let it go now. He learned to use a cup first, but I just always thought a straw was less mess. But he’s so obsessed with using straws only now...!! He learned with purée pouches when he was 7 months

  • Anonymous
    Jan 31

    I've tried the puree pouches, but he is struggling with those too. Any advice on helping him use those?

  • Ivy
    Jan 31

    I’m sure you tried this, but I squeeze it to the very top and put it to the mouth

  • Anonymous
    Jan 31

    I took the cup and slurped it up all loud and dramatic and he kept copying me until it actually worked 🤷🏽‍♀️

  • Julie
    Jan 31

    So for my daughter, I just kept them around with water in them and she played and played and then one day she sucked and she finally caught on:) However want a funny story? when I was a kid, there was a big age gap between me and my younger sibling (10 years). He couldn’t figure out a straw for ages and me being his bossy (and possibly a little tiny bit pushy) older sister came up with the brilliant idea that if I could convince him to plug his nose while holding a straw in his mouth, he would have no other way to breathe but through his mouth and then he’d suck in water and finally learn what the straw was for. It kind of worked. I held a straw cup in my mouth with one hand and plugged my nose with the other hand. He thought it was hilarious and tried the same thing. Then he drank a sip of water and got so freaked out that he threw the cup across the room and started coughing and my mom came running in the room and i told her what I was trying to do and she got angry with me and I was grounded for a whole weekend. 🙄🙄. See what happens when you try to help your baby brother learn how to be a big boy??

  • K
    Jan 31

    I started my kids early, 9 months fir my son and 7 months for my girls. My mom told me to do that the simple trick of holding the water (or whatever liquid) in the straw by placing your finger over the opening, then drop some into his mouth. He will start to get the concept and should begin to suck. Then transfer to straw cup to practice.

  • Katerine
    Feb 01

    I will try to explain what I did with my daughter in English. what I did was: take a straw, suck the liquid and hold one side of the straw with your finger so the liquid does not drain, put in the baby's mouth and gradually let go, it will try to suck. Then let it try to suck with a shorter straw.

  • Frida
    Feb 01

    I bought my baby the munchkin cup that has a straw I gave it to him when he was about 6.5 months old, be patient it is something new to them, it took him like a month to get the hang of it but he did, just keep offering and he she will get the hang of it

  • Caitlin
    Feb 03

    I did what K did, with the finger over the straw end, with liquid in the straw. At first I dropped water right into her mouth by taking my finger off. Then I started keeping finger on, so kiddo had to suck to get water. She then figured it out in a cup.