State of Illinois
Department of Human Services
Drinking from a Cup
Starting the Cup
- Your baby is likely to be ready to start using a cup around the same time he is able to eat soft pieces of food-usually about 6 months of age.
- Using a cup will take lots of practice and patience.
- Your baby will want to drink from your cup so put water in it. It's a good habit for both of you!
- At meals and snacks try to use an open cup so he can learn to use it well. Put newspapers or plastic tablecloths on the floor to make clean-up easy.
- Offer infant juice or regular 100% fruit or vegetable juice mixed with some water at a meal or a snack. (Use only pasteurized juices.)
- When you offer juice, put it in a cup and sit at the table to drink it.
- 2-4 ounces of juice a day is plenty. Juice is an "extra" food-it should not replace breastmilk or formula in your baby's diet.
- Giving your baby juice in a cup will make giving up the bottle easier.
Ready to Wean
- Think of weaning as "adding on" a skill-not taking something away.
- Weaning from the bottle will help keep your baby's teeth healthy. ?Your baby may have fewer ear infections too.
- If your baby is still taking a bottle after his 1st birthday, give only water in the bottle. Other drinks should be from a cup and only while sitting down at a meal and snack times.
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DHS 4369J (R-06-09) CH&P' Feeding Your Baby - Drinking from a Cup
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