Generally speaking, it is not recommended to use a bottle in front of an outsider after the baby is two years old. At this time, parents need to choose a suitable cup for the baby. However, looking at so many styles in the mall, parents have no bottom in mind, what kind of cup is suitable? So what are the guidelines for learning how to buy drinking cups so that children can drink healthy and healthy! Let the small edition of Baibai safety net know about it with you!
When it comes to babies, it’s natural to think of three things – bottles, pacifiers and diapers. The baby’s cup is often ignored by parents. In fact, the baby’s cup is also an important feeding device.
Farewell to the bottle is also an important milestone in baby growth. Stop feeding bottle is to gradually cut off the bottle and feed. Naturally, it is also intended to break the nipple. After the baby has teeth, he should stop sucking the pacifier, eating fingers, sleeping with the bottle and other habits as much as possible, so as to avoid the impact on the primary teeth, resulting in “bottle teeth (overdentures)” and “pacifier cavities”. The former affects the appearance, while the latter often causes cavities on the tooth surface, making the tooth surface rough and easy to cause tooth decay.
When should the baby use the cup instead? There are many kinds of cups on sale in the market. Which kind of cup is suitable for babies?
One year old application cup
The baby drinks water with the cup, may train its hand small muscle, the development hand eye coordination ability. Children around 1 year old should learn to drink water with a cup. The child care doctor must ask their parents when they have a physical examination at the age of one.
Cup for breast milk baby
There are a lot of breast milk babies will resist the bottle, feeding water to the baby has become a headache for parents. In fact, babies can use small cups to feed water when they are born, duck beak training cups can be used from 5 months on, and more than 9 months old babies can use straw cups. Therefore, the baby does not accept the bottle, parents can consider directly let the baby use the cup.
The best time to drink
Long term frequent use of baby bottles can lead to caries. Pediatricians suggest that it’s best to start trying to get your baby to drink from a water glass when he’s 6 months old.
Although 6 months is recognized as the best time for a baby to transition from a bottle to a water glass, but the baby always has a learning and adaptation process, which can not be achieved overnight. When the baby is 5 months old, parents can consciously make the baby familiar with the training cup to prepare for drinking water. At six months, try to get him to drink from a glass. At the beginning, you can let the baby hold the cup with both hands, and the parents can help to deliver it to the mouth. When the baby is holding the cup stably, the adult can gradually let go and let him carry the cup to the mouth, and pay attention to the amount of water in the cup from less to more. By 8 months, the baby will be able to drink water from the cup.
Learning to drink
Although there are many brands and different shapes of baby’s learning cup, it can never be separated from its origin. In general, there are several major differences:
1. Can it be disinfected
Today’s learning cups are almost all made of space glass, or PC non-toxic plastic, to ensure high temperature resistance and wrestling resistance. Only a few brands supply disposable paper cup learning cups. In terms of this feature, parents don’t have to worry about what kind of cup their baby can’t hold and break. However, not all cups can be sterilized. When you buy them, you must see clearly. There must be a mark on the outer box: Machine wash and sterilize.
2. Duck beak and straw
Although each brand has its own patent design, in fact, it is nothing more than duck beak type and straw type, but the details are slightly different. More carefully, parents will find that whether it’s duck billed or straw, there are soft and hard differences. Soft mouth (tube) is generally made of active edible silica gel, which is close to the feeling of a pacifier; hard mouth is non-toxic plastic, which is closer to the name of a cup. Parents can choose according to their baby’s preferences.
3. Whether there is scale
All milk bottles have scales, but not all cups have scales. It’s not convenient to use glasses without scales to prepare formula milk. Parents can choose according to actual needs.
4. Whether there is handle
Some cups have handles, some of them are made to be convenient for babies to hold, so they are no longer equipped with handles, and some brands use handles as options. Parents should make decisions according to their baby’s habits.
5. “No dripping” function
There are many hidden mechanisms in the cup that can’t suck water, even if the whole cup is turned upside down, it won’t leak.
The cup should keep up with the baby’s growth
In principle, babies should change from duckbill to pipette to drinking water training, from soft mouth to hard mouth. You can step by step, or jump to the next level. Parents should pay attention to the baby’s habits and preferences to upgrade the cup in time.
Cup mouth, straw and sealing ring may age in the process of frequent boiling and disinfection, and may have cracks when bitten by the baby. Parents need to check all parts of the cup frequently so as to replace them in time.
Money saving tips for buying cups
1. If your baby is small, parents can choose a set cup with several in one. Because the cups of the same brand are basically universal, only the mouth is different. Therefore, many brands have launched sets of cups. Take the four in one set of bereaved relatives as an example. A cup body is equipped with four kinds of cups, which are complete from nipple type to drinking water training type. After improvement, it can be replaced by a cup mouth, which saves money and space of 3 cups compared with buying 4 individually packed cups.
2. Parents can change the bottle. For example, the magic cup of “Xinanyi” has the same caliber as the bottle, and the components of the brand magic cup can be directly installed on the bottle. Other such as “yellow duckling”, “NUK” and so on are also provided, which can be installed on the general caliber milk bottle to learn to drink mouth or straw combination. In addition, replacing the ordinary nipple with juice nipple (also known as duck flat nipple) becomes a soft mouthed duck beak learning cup.
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