These informations and guidelines have been collected from the literature of professional speech language pathologists and the course contents of speech therapy. The sources are featured at the end of the article.
Guidelines for use of a child’s training cup
Infants show their readiness for the cup with their eyes, reach, and interest in the cup drinking of others. Cup drinking bring up different development challenges from breast-feeding and bottle-feeding.
During cup drinking, the infant must use the tongue to move the liquids from the lips to the back of the mouth for swallowing. This is in contrast with nursing or bottle usage because the nipple leads and places the liquid directly toward the back in the tongue in preparation for swallowing.
At the beginning of training to drink from the cup children are dependent on adults to hold and guide the cup. Gradually with training, the child learns to drink from the cup independently. Generally most children learn to drink from a variety cups. Some cups have lids, some are open, some have spouts, and some have a depressed lid and raised cup rim.
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Each cup style, shape and design offers different oral motor challenges to infant. Cup drinking takes practice and is usually messy at first. Parents may prefer to choose cups that involve the least amount of spillage but may not the best option to the baby.
CRITERIA FOR AN APPROPRIATE CUP
- The cup can be tipped to get liquid at the bottom without tipping the child’s head back.
- The cup does not shatter or break if the child bites the edge.
- The cup gives the feeder a clear view of the child’s mouth.
- The cup provides a thick or rolled lip for extra stability if the child needs to hold the edge of the cup with the teeth.
- the cup provides a mechanism for graded control of the liquid flow for the child whose ability to handle a larger volume of liquid is poor.
- The cup is easy to hold and regulate liquid flow when held by adult.
- The cup provides an appropriate physical shape and an appropriate means of holding for the child who is a self-feeder.
- The cup is colored or decorated when it is used specifically to attract and maintain the child’s attention.
- The cup meets the need for success for both the child and parent.
1. Book: Pre-Feeding Skills, Second edition 2000, Suzanne Evans Morris, PH.D, CCC-SLP & Marsha Dunn Klein, M.ED, OTR/L.
2. Book: Nobody Ever Told Me That! 2010, Diane Bahr, MCD, CCC-SLP, NCTMB, CIMI.
3. Course and course materials of Melanie Pottock, MA, CCC-SLP, My Munch Bug.
Skandino provides excellent option of training cup to baby. Best of all, once your child has learned to drink from the cup, the training lid can be removed and the cup can be used for years to come.
The Skandino’s Cup has been developed and designed in collaboration with professional speech language pathologists, and it is made of bio-based materials and it is 100% safe for children. The cup is durable, long lasting and dishwasher + microwave safe.