Drinking From a Cup Independently
sure your child is in an upright, comfortable position.
your child a cup that is an appropriate size.
cup with a handle is easier for him to grasp.
the cup to the top or make a cutout on one side of the cup so that your child’s
head does not have to tip back to drink.
your child a paper cup with nothing in it. Have your child practice holding
the cup and bringing it to your child’s mouth.
with a thicker liquid like yogurt or a milk shake (it is easier to control).
Gradually make the liquid thinner.
the amount of liquid in the cup as your child gets better at drinking from it.
the cup with your child’s favorite drink.
your child with a cup whenever he is asking for a drink.
Play tea party with your child and stuffed
your child a drink in fun, colorful cups.
drinking from a cup.
your child verbal directions such as, “Pick up the cup with two hands, bring it
to your mouth, tip your head back,” etc.
hand over hand assistance to guide your child’s hands to lift the cup up, bring
it to his mouth, drink from the cup and put it back down. Then reduce the
physical prompts as your child becomes more confident and successful to
independently drink from a cup.