When should my child use a free-flow cup?
Cups can be used from 6 months old.
If a baby has been using a bottle, these should be given up by the time your baby is 1 years old.
Why should my use a free-flow cup?
A free flow cup:
What cup should I choose?
There are lots of free flow cups to choose from. It can take a bit of trial and error to find the cup that works best for your child. A sippy cup with a spout, or one with a silicone straw is fine. A cup with handles is also great and can help a child to independently hold the cup until they’ve developed a stronger grip.
Once a child has learnt how to sip their drink in a lidded cup, without spilling too much, it is then recommended they move onto an open cup.
Top tips for transitioning to a free- flow cup:
Do not worry if using a free-flow does not go to plan at first. It is not always easy making this transition, but the benefits are fantastic. Keep trying and be positive about this change.
Remember to reach out to a Health Visitor or Family Hub Practitioner for any advice around using a free-flow cup.