Nothing is more frustrating for a young child than wanting to do something and not being able to do it, not on their own, or not right away. The principle is the same for all learning: grab a toy, eat, walk or drink without help from your parents. Also, to avoid (or limit) screaming, crying and anger, everyone uses their own tips. Besides, did you know that? Offering your child a bottle is one of the best “tips” for switching from a bottle to a glass, while avoiding as many conflicts as possible.
- Leaving the bottle for the cup, a possible transition from 6 months
- 3 tips to overuse to encourage your child's autonomy
- Élhée children's water bottle: 4 undeniable advantages
- What if my baby refuses to drink from a glass?
Leaving the bottle for the cup, a possible transition from 4 months
If you're wondering, your baby can try drinking from a cup, water bottle or sippy cup from the age of 4 months . It is then not yet a question of weaning him from his bottle, but rather of supporting him towards the discovery of a new container and the learning of a new know-how .
Of course, at this age and for several months, it is you who holds the barely filled glass and not your baby. It's not about drinking to hydrate yourself either, but about learning to position your lips and mouth in a completely new way. Indeed, if the bottle works thanks to the suction exerted on the teat, to drink like a grown-up, you must place the glass correctly at the edge of the lips, tilt it gently and swallow at the same time. Just that.
For some children, the necessary skill is acquired earlier, for others it is a little later, but, in all cases, a transition period takes place between the bottle of milk and the glass of 'water .
The Élhée children's water bottle has been designed for comfortable and risk-free use from 4 months of age. You can therefore use it very early as an introduction, discovery or learning another way of drinking, and in addition to the bottle. As a reminder, a baby can start drinking water from 4 to 6 months.
Pretty water bottle or colored glass: it’s by doing that you learn
Of course, your baby will spill his water, get wet, “miss” his mouth, drink too quickly or drop his drink . It's normal. With patience and a few tips, he will nevertheless learn quickly to drink like a grown-up.
To help him understand this new tool, choose the right times, when he is not tired, has not just woken up, is not too thirsty, is not angry or excited . Often offer him his glass or cup, even empty, just to lift it, turn it over, look at it, or even to play. Moreover, for a successful bottle-to-cup transition, the most important thing is not (at least not right away) to succeed in drinking, but rather to allow your child to become familiar with the glass, the cup or the pretty bottle that he will have chosen.
As is the case with the bibRond, the Bubble reusable bottle has a rounded bottle, flexible and unbreakable, for easy and pleasant handling. Another reason for your child to try to drink like a grown-up, and for you, to offer him a safe alternative to the bottle.
3 tips to overuse to encourage your child's autonomy
- Force talent with mimicry
Specialists estimate that around 8 months, babies can copy a gesture by seeing it . We then speak of immediate imitation. Around 20 months, delayed imitation sets in with the ability, for the young child, to reproduce a gesture several hours and even several days after having seen it.
To encourage your child to use their cup, offer to eat at the table, in their high chair, with you . Seeing you drink, he will end up wanting to try it too.
- Use containers that are colorful, funny, and above all easy to handle
If you only remember one piece of advice, keep this: don't choose just any container to go from a bottle to a glass . Colors attract attention , just as designs arouse curiosity . Handles or an easy-to-grip surface make transport easier . A healthy, odorless material encourages use .
Tumbler, learning cup, straw glass or children's bottle , it all depends! Some are accepted on the first try, others require more time or to think about learning differently. However, size also matters. Imagine: a classic glass in the hands of a child looks exactly like a pitcher in the hands of an adult. For drinking, it's way too big!
- The game above all
Children, from a very young age, learn more naturally through play. Also, use and abuse this technique to present your baby's glass in its best light. For example, choose a different colored cup each morning and showcase it . Work on his entrance on the dining room table and provoke the most infectious giggles.
Also suggest to your young child the mystery drinking game . Discreetly fill his cup or pretty bottle with water, milk or unsweetened herbal tea . If they want to guess what's inside, your child has to taste!
Élhée children's water bottle: 4 undeniable advantages
- Healthy, the Élhée children's bottle is made of medical grade silicone
This material has a high level of safety for the health of babies. It does not contain bisphenol, phthalate, or any other allergenic or controversial substance. Just like the bibRond, you can use Bubble every day, with complete peace of mind.
- Practical, the Élhée children's bottle has a leak-proof suction spout
The advantage of the leak-proof suction spout is that it allows your child to pick up their bottle, use it and carry it, without ever spilling anything. Bubble is therefore perfectly waterproof, even left on the ground, hidden in the changing bag or used at night, in the bed.
- Easy to hold, the Élhée children's water bottle is soft and supple
The medical silicone chosen, in addition to being perfectly healthy, is 100% suitable for children's little hands. Flexible and soft, it does not slip and flattens effortlessly to find its place between little fingers. Children can thus carry and use their pretty Bubble bottle — recommended from 6 months — from a very young age.
- Unbreakable, with the Élhée children's water bottle, you risk nothing
Last but not least, Bubble's malleable silicone is perfectly safe for your child. You can let him play with his soft water bottle in his room, in the kitchen or on a walk. Unlike using a glass cup or even a plastic cup, there is absolutely no risk.
What if my baby refuses to drink from a glass?For the moment, your baby refuses to try the glass, the bottle or the cup? Maybe he's just not ready? Now is the time to listen to your intuition and let things happen. After all, there is no age for drinking from a bottle !
In addition, until 3 or 4 years old, children do not have the reflex to ask when they are thirsty. It is therefore up to parents to ensure they are well hydrated. This lack of need can also explain the refusal to drink water from a glass; the bottle being, for its part, directly associated with the pleasure of the milk meal.