Only little babies do that…

a blog by Emily\’s mother

Up For The Cup

Posted by DINRIL on March 21, 2007

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been wondering how best to approach giving Emily her drinks out of a cup instead of a bottle. Obviously we have no intention of ditching the bottle just yet – after all, she’s become so very good at picking it up and putting it in her mouth, even if she hasn’t quite mastered the art of getting actual liquid out of it – but she’s reaching that age now where alternative drinking receptacles can be introduced.

Previous efforts to give her drinks in a cup ended in failure when she either threw them on the floor or just looked alarmed when it was put anywhere near her mouth, so I was stumped as to how to overcome this. Until, that is, we went to a restaurant for Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Normally Emily sits in her pushchair or car seat when we eat out, but on this occasion, she sat at the table in a high chair. While we were waiting for our food, her grandmother attempted to give her some water from her own glass – and to my amazement, she knew exactly how to drink out of it!

When the glass approached her she leaned forward, mouth wide open, and took a good swig of liquid, then sat back looking very pleased with herself.

Quite how she worked that one out I have no idea, but nonetheless I tried a similar approach with a cup after she’d finished her dinner later that evening. And once again she knew exactly how to drink out of it. What’s more, when I popped the lid back on and showed her how to drink from the spout, it was only a matter of seconds before she had grabbed the cup off me and was drinking out of it without my help.

Of course, if I’d known it was going to be this easy, I’d have introduced it far earlier.

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