child holding a cup

Teaching How to Drink From an Open Cup

Believe it or not you can start working on this skill by 5 or 6 months of age. In fact, some people even offer newborns sips of breast milk from an open cup if they are having trouble latching.

Of course you can always hold a glass for your baby and offer them a sip while you hold the cup. But if you want to allow your baby to hold the cup themself, try offering a very small amount in a tiny vessel. You probably already have something in your cabinet that would work. Great options include: A medicine cup, the cap to a baby bottle, a Dixie cup, or even a shot glass.

If you want something special just for your little one, my favorites include:

The Nosey cup

TalkTools CutOut Nosey Cups for Adults - Drinking Glass for Stable & Fixed Position, Special Drinking Cups, Therapy Training Cups (All 3 Sizes (Pink, Blue & Green)

the Ezpz Tiny Cup

ezpz Tiny Cup (Gray) - 100% Silicone Training Cup for Infants - 4 months + - Designed by a Pediatric Feeding Specialist - Baby-led Weaning Essentials & Baby Gifts

or the Spoutless Sippy by Grabease

grabease Sippy Cup Transition Sippy Cups for Baby Toddler Sippy Cups Baby Feeding, BPA-Free & Phthalate-Free for Baby & Toddler, 4-oz, Blush

For older toddlers and children, I really like the Reflo Smart Cup.

Reflo Smart Cup (Asst 4 colors) Open Training Cup, Toddler Cup, No Suction 6oz, 360 Control-Flow, USA MADE Premium High-Impact Plastic

Yes, working on this skill will likely involve quite a few messy moments. But it’s a skill that we all need to learn eventually and most kids can be pretty good at it between age 1 to 2 if they have had the opportunity to practice.

Check out our free resource with clickable links for the best cups for oral motor skill development! And check out our Favorite Products page for more recommendations.

To learn how to teach straw drinking, check out our article on Teaching Straw Drinking!

Teaching Straw Drinking
Why Does My Baby Cough When Drinking Water?
Bestseller No. 1
ezpz Tiny Cup (Gray) – 100% Silicone Training Cup for Infants – 4…
  • THOUGHTFULLY DESIGNED: The Tiny Cup fits baby’s mouth and hands and features a non-slip silicone grip to make movements…
  • DESIGNED + TESTED BY A PEDIATRIC FEEDING SPECIALIST: All ezpz products are designed to help children meet milestones…
Bestseller No. 2
Nuby Silicone Confetti/Sprinkles First Open Training Cup for Baby: 2oz
  • Ideal for babies who are transitioning from breastfeeding / bottle feeding to cup drinking.
  • Super soft silicone rim is gentle on baby’s gums and new teeth and matte silicone base ensures baby has a non-slip grip…
Bestseller No. 4
SAMiGO Silicone Baby Cups for 6-12 Months Infants – Tiny Open Cups -…
  • Designed to Shorten the Learning Curve – Our tiny cup is perfectly shaped and sized for little hands to get the hang of…
  • Baby Approved Size (2oz) – This silicone training cup fits baby hands just right and gives your little one just the right…

This post contains affiliate links.

Leave a Reply