Self Feeding at Eight and Half Months

01 August 2011

I don't know if it's my computer settings or what, but I have been struggling with commenting on a number of the blogs that I follow and it irks me to no end. To compensate, I'll be blogging my comments this week.

So last week, Ms Megan was talking about "Sippy cups and self feeding". As our daughters were born one month apart, I really wanted to comment on her post. Here's our self feeding report card:

Sippy Cups - With the sippy cups, I may have been in a rush, but babies can never be rushed. I have to step back and let them do things at their own pace. My plan is to get them accustomed to drinking from a spout, learn to tilt the cup and finally hold their own sippy bottles and drink a 7oz feeding without drama. Easier said than done.

I have a cupboard full of different configuration sippy cups, but our most successful has been the Green sprouts sippy cup.

It was love at first sight for me and this particular sippy because it met all my requirements for a sippy cup. I got ours from Wholefoods but it's available on Amazon from a number of sellers. We've had the most success with this because:
  • It's not too heavy so the girls can lift it when it's full of water.
  • It has no valve so there isn't much sucking effort required on their part and it made it easier for them to figure out what to do with it.
  • I use water to prevent stains on all sorts of places liquids can be flung and also because the girls haven't liked juice so far (Guess mommy's sweet tooth didn't infiltrate their DNA, thank God)
  • It's compact and easy to keep clean when travelling because the spout can be bent into the cover - that's exactly what I was looking for; an efficient design with no bulk
I fill the cup and the girls can drink from it by themselves but start pulling air once the fluid level drops. They are yet to master the art of the lift and tilt.

That's how far we've come in the transition to a sippy cup. Compared to all the babies on my babycenter birth board that have not only mastered the art of the sippy but can also harvest their own strawberries, blend them and make a mean smoothie; we're may seem to still be on square one. But like they say in my native language "You can't work with another man's clock". I'm happy with where we are and patiently waiting for the next step. Our food report comes tomorrow. 

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