Cup Feeding: Do You Really Understand?

People have always said that feeding bottles should not be used for too long, otherwise it will affect the baby's oral development. But whether it is breastfeeding or formula feeding, parents have a unified question, "If you don't use a bottle for your baby, what should you use?"

Every time it is mentioned to change the cup, many parents feel a little repulsive. I always feel that the baby likes the feeding bottle and is easy to use, so why do I have to change it? Maybe it will be refusing to eat and crying, which will be even more troublesome.

The problem is that the flow rate of the bottle is slow, and the baby spends a relatively long time in the mouth when eating, and it is not uncommon for the baby to fall asleep while eating. If the teeth are soaked in the milk all the time, it is easy to become Tooth decay affects appearance.

In addition, when drinking milk from a feeding bottle, parents often let the baby lie down. Under the combined action of sucking and gravity for a long time, it is easy to cause the baby's jaw development to be poor, resulting in uneven teeth, which not only affects the chewing function, It also damages the beauty of the baby.

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Many parents are unwilling to let their babies drink water from water cups, fearing that the baby will choke and spill the water everywhere. These parents completely ignore the benefits of baby drinking water from water cups. Some parents may say, "My baby has been using it for so long, but there is nothing wrong with it. What do you say?"
Indeed, it cannot be denied that some babies are not affected in any way, but the probability of this is very low. Is it true that the most important thing that affects the future development of the baby should be left to the probability to control?

The American Academy of Pediatrics has long suggested that babies should start learning to use a cup after six months, and stop using a bottle when they are one year old, and should not exceed eighteen months at the latest.

So what are the benefits of using a water bottle for your baby?

Using a cup can reduce the risk of otitis media. Babies who are used to feeding and drinking with a bottle while lying down have a higher risk of otitis media, coughing and even suffocation. Use a cup instead, and let the baby hold the cup to drink milk and water, which will help correct the child's habit of lying down and drinking milk, and it will not be easy to fall asleep while drinking. At the same time, it also reduces the risk of tooth decay caused by milk residues in the teeth to a certain extent.
Long-term use of feeding bottles can affect your baby's ability to fall asleep. For babies who are bottle-fed formula, the further back the bottle becomes, the more it becomes a mental dependency and it also prevents the baby from learning to fall asleep alone at night. If you want to wean, the difficulty will also rise linearly.
Teaching your baby to use a cup can promote development. The use of cups can improve the coordination ability of the baby's eyes, hands and mouth, promote the development of the baby's lip ability and chewing and swallowing ability, and prevent the adverse effects of the baby bottle on the baby's mouth and teeth.
Breastfeeding with a cup is good for parent-child communication. With bottle feeding, some parents may let the baby hold the bottle and eat by himself. Although it is convenient for the parents, the baby will not be able to communicate with the parents emotionally while breastfeeding. When feeding the baby with a cup, the parents must hold the baby, look at the baby, and have close physical contact with the baby. Feeding the baby is a very good opportunity for parents to communicate with the baby emotionally. The baby will feel more secure and at the same time can promote the baby's intellectual development.

Some mothers also responded: "It's not that I don't want to use a cup for the baby, but because every time I use a cup for the baby, he will spill water everywhere! Also, the naughty baby sometimes puts his hand into the cup, and sometimes slaps him Just dropped the glass and poured water all over the place..."

Although 6 months is recognized as the best time for a baby to transition from a feeding bottle to a water cup, there is always a process of learning and adaptation for a baby, which cannot be accomplished overnight. When the baby is 5 months old, parents can consciously make the baby familiar with the training cup and prepare for drinking from the cup. At 6 months, try getting him to drink from a cup. At the beginning, you can let the baby hold the cup with both hands, and the parents help to deliver it to the mouth. When the baby is holding the cup more firmly, the adult can gradually let go and let the baby hold the cup to his mouth. Pay attention to the amount of water in the cup from less to more. By 8 months, your baby will be able to drink from a cup by himself.

So how to choose the right water bottle for your baby?

Although there are many detailed recommendations for alternatives, such as transitioning from a feeding bottle to a sippy cup, then to a straw cup, then a learning cup, and finally using an open cup.
In fact, the principle of replacement depends on the needs of the baby in the end. For example, if you use a sippy cup for your baby at the beginning, and after a few days you find that he has been choking and coughing easily, and he doesn't like it, then try another sippy cup, but this is not a mistake. The ultimate goal of replacing various cups is to let babies learn to drink from ordinary cups like adults.

In terms of material, it is best to choose food-grade silicone material for baby learning cups, because this material is food-grade, safe and BPA free, safe for baby. In addition, it depends on whether it can be sterilized by boiling and steaming. Some learning drinking cups look good, but they are not made of food-grade materials. High-temperature sterilization will release harmful gases, which will cause great harm to the baby's health.

The reason why the silicone baby water cup is recommended by many experts is that the silicone water cup is made of food-grade silicone, does not contain plasticizers, is not easy to deform, break, melt, and does not react with any acid and alkali. Moreover, it is resistant to high and low temperatures. The temperature resistance range of silicone raw materials is -40°C-220°C, which is far higher than that of plastic products for food. The use process is safe, even when it is burnt, it will only decompose into silicon dioxide and water vapor, which is non-toxic and harmless. It is colorfast and lasts up to 10 years in everyday temperature use. It's also easy to clean, oil and water resistant, and dishwasher safe.
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It is safer for babies to learn to drink easily. It adopts non-slip silicone bottom, which is stable and anti-overturning. The straw hole is designed with a round hole. The baby can control the length of the straw at will and drink water easily.

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Both the cup body and the straw are made of platinum silicone material, which is safe and environmentally friendly, non-toxic and odorless, soft and highly elastic, BPA-free, and the unbreakable silicone straw protects the baby's gums and satisfies the baby's desire to chew during the teething period.
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The learning drinking cup is designed with wide and thick double handles, which are round and non-slip, easy for babies to grasp, wide-caliber and easy to clean, the whole body is detachable, does not hide dirt, easy to clean, and can be cleaned in one flush. Control your baby's water intake.
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One-piece molding, no fear of high temperature test, supports boiling disinfection and steam disinfection, the baby can drink with confidence, and the mother is more at ease.
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