Once again…thank you to Lori Overland….for all that you have taught me and shared….helping me to help so many mamas all over the world.
Between six and eight months of age you can start teaching cup drinking to your little one. Using the cut out nosey cups offered through www.talktools.com helps your little one in learning cup drinking skills. It is important that you thicken up the formula…as a liquid is the most difficult consistency for a little one to manage. So she will have a more difficult time managing this thin liquid from a cup then she does from a bottle…why…because when she is sucking out of the bottle..a smaller amount is drawn from the nipple…however…when drinking from an open cup….a larger amount will enter your little one’s mouth…and she would have a more difficult time in managing the thin liquid….and you do not want to risk aspiration! So…in order to teach open cup drinking…and to be sure that your little one can manage the liquid…you can thicken up her formula using this simple recipe:
By increasing the taste of the formula….by adding the cinnamon…you are also giving good sensory feedback (due to the increase in the flavor).
Another simple recipe:
Add either water or formula
Add cinnamon or nutmeg
Now…..you will have to address postural stability….so be sure that your little one is sitting upright….you can put her on your lap so that you can also help with lip closure:
~Place your middle finger under her jaw
~Pointer finger under her lower lip
~Give her one sip..take the cup away…help with lip closure with your two fingers.
~So it is one sip…help with lip closure and swallow.
Now….when you get her to drink five or six single swallows…this means she has taken one sip and then swallowed it…and she did this five to six times consecutively….AND she has lip closure and her tongue is retracting….you can now present two sips of the liquid with the one swallow.
When can you thin out the consistency-when your little one does not need support and she has lip closure and tongue retraction.
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