Posted in Bottle Feeding, Milestones & Development, Babies

Straw drinking?

When did your kids learn how to drink through a straw. My son is 10 months and can’t seem to figure it out. He is bottle fed and is also SUPER uninterested in holding the bottle himself.

  • Aleks
    Jun 06

    I recommend the 360 cup from munchkin if you’re having a hard time with the straw cup. Don’t worry...He’ll figure it out later!

  • Stacey
    Jun 06

    I second the 360 cups. They work great. Our son was over a year old before he caught on to the straws so I wouldn't worry about it. Every once in a while we showed it to him and showed him how it works and he eventually got it.

  • PK
    Jun 06

    My son learned around 6 months. Every time we went out to eat we would let him practice with our water cups at the restaurant with the straws they gave us (and just pinch it slightly so they don’t suck up too much water than they can handle!). I would try those first since it takes much less effort to suck than a sippy cup. But if your son is struggling with a straw, try different kinds of cups. We never had any luck with a 360 cup but he is great with an open cup now! And my son was uninterested in holding his own bottle too then we got rid of bottles... and he wasn’t interested in holding his own sippy cup either lol. Lazy! But he grew out of it and he’s been fine holding his own cup for over a year now.

  • Kieli
    Jun 06

    I didn’t even introduce a straw to my daughter until she was 11 months old. She picked up on it really quickly

  • Noel
    Jun 06

    My son didn't figure out a straw until 15 months. He actually figured out the 360 cup much faster

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jun 06

    Tell him to do just like the bottle.. tell him big boy bottle! When he gets his bottle say 'suck your baba' or whatever so he gets the word "suck." My son took to straws instantly with that method. Keep practicing, hell get it. & like the other mommas are saying, 360 cup is awesome... but still dont give up on the straw!

  • Holly Garnett-Pedreira
    Jun 06

    Also, dont hold the bottle for him anymore! He will eventually hold it if he sees you definitely wont.

  • Ashley
    Jun 06

    My twins never did hold their bottles. It wasn't that they couldn't. They just didn't care to. It never caused and issues down the road for us. They were at LEAST 12 months before figuring out a straw. Maybe closer to 14 months?

  • Rebecca
    Jun 07

    Mine was 6 months old. We started with a short straw, and now (10months) he drinks from a regular straw. However, I did also teach him to drink from a regular cup, he’s still learning not to dump it all over himself, but he has gotten the hang of it how to drink from it.

  • Jenn
    Jun 07

    My daughter used sippy cups for milk and 360 cups for water for a while. Started trying straws around 1. She didn't really master it until a few months later when mommy had a smoothie with a straw and of course she HAD to have some of that 😆

  • Aye
    Jun 07

    Our LO learned to suck out of one around 10-11 months but the drink would spill out of her mouth she just learned to suck as much as she can swallow just at 14 Months we weren’t really pushing it either

  • Anonymous
    Jun 07

    My daughter started at 8 months old. I know a lot of people love the 360 cups, but my daughter hated them. Once the cup is half full you have to tip the cup back further, which she never seemed to grasp. The straw was very easy for her.

  • Sarah
    Jun 08

    I didn’t think using a straw was that big of a deal but reading all this makes me think like I should be practicing with her! Am I really behind now? Do kids (toddlers) use straws all the time or something and I just don’t realize it? We don’t use straws at home so where are you all using straws to practice ?

  • CheerioMama
    Jun 08

    Sarah No. I just thought he would have figured it out by now and it would make getting fluids into him easier because he refuses to hold a bottle.

  • Sarah
    Jun 09

    My son didn’t start using a straw until 14 months and he just needed the right incentive...I was drinking and smoothie and my husband was drinking a milkshake and he wanted to share!

  • Crystal
    Jun 09

    Mine were at least one before they figured out straws.

  • Anonymous
    Jun 14

    My LO couldn’t figure out how to use a straw till around 10months as well. I had her suck on the pouched baby food a few times and then she miraculously started sucking through a straw too