How would you all teach a 11mth old baby to drink water? We bought her training bottle but she will just play but never drinks it.. we usually spoonfeed her..

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You can try to transit to a straw cup to start. The typical age for babies to develop the oral motor skills necessary to enable them to use a straw is between nine to 15 months. Here are some tips you can try (taken from: 1. Try starting with a juice box: This is to help your child understand the concept of withdrawing liquid from a straw. Encourage your child to put his/her lips around the straw while you squeeze to get the juice up. This will help your child associate “straw” with “drinking” 2. Try the “dip and tip” method: Dip a straw into your child’s beverage of choice, put your finger tip on the end of the straw and lift out of the cup. With your finger still on the end, put the end of the straw into your child’s mouth (onto the tongue tip), and tell him/her to “take a sip”. Then release the straw so all the liquid flows into your child’s mouth. 3. Gently pinch his/her lips together or use modeling to teach your child how to use a straw: when teaching through modeling, make crazy sucking sounds and facial expressions. Your child will imitate you which will help them learn how to use the straw for getting liquid into his/her mouth. 4. Cut the regular straw into half: this way, it requires less strength to draw the liquid up It may take time and numerous attempts before your child understand how to use a straw. Let him/her have a go at the straw everyday to let your child practice. If your child gets frustrated or upset at his/her failed attempts, pause for a few days before trying again.

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I read from forum , tried & worked. Use straw cup. Drink from your own straw with exaggerated motions ...

my 6MO can use a straw bottle (pigeon magmag series) to drink water. it's quite intuitive. give it a try!

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