You asked: Are straws OK for babies?

Are straws bad for babies?

Straws Strengthen Oral Muscles

Drinking from a straw encourages your child to develop that more advanced way of sucking and swallowing. When using a straw to drink, he or she is strengthening the lip, tongue, and cheek muscles.

Why are sippy cups not recommended?

Around 12 months your child’s swallow begins to mature and the continued used of a bottle or introduction of a hard-spouted sippy cup can interfere with progression from that infant suckle to a more mature swallow pattern. This is why we recommend ditching the bottle by 12 months of age and moving to a straw cup!

Are straw cups good for oral development?

By drinking from a straw cup or an open cup your child must use more movement and control from their jaw, tongue, lips, and cheeks. This additional movement (in part to prevent spillage) works on strengthening their oral motor skills and can contribute to their speech development!

What age can baby use sippy cup?

When and How to Start Introducing Sippy Cups to Your Baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your little one is likely ready for you to begin introducing sippy cups to him or her between 6 – 9 months old.

What cup should a 6 month old use?

Introduce your baby to drinking from a cup or beaker from around 6 months and offer sips of water with meals. Using an open cup or a free-flow cup without a valve will help your baby learn to sip and is better for your baby’s teeth.

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When should babies stop using bottles?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests saying bye-bye to the bottle before your baby is 18 months old.