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Introducing Fluids and a Sipper Cup

iStock_sipper cup.jpgIn the first six months your baby doesn’t need any drinks other than breast milk or formula – these contain enough liquid to stop dehydration, even in hot weather.  Once your baby has reached six months you can give him small amounts of cooled boiled tap-water or bottled water (pure water, not mineral water), if required .

Introducing Fluids to Infants

  • Infants under one year should only be given breast milk, formula or water. Any other fluids are not necessary or recommended.
  • From six months you can give your baby small amounts of cooled boiled tap-water in hot weather and if he seems thirsty.
  • Infants and toddlers don’t need fruit juice, or fizzy drinks, including mineral or soda waters.
  • Soft drinks and herbal teas are not good for your baby or toddler.
  • At 12 months you can give your toddler pasteurised whole cow’s milk.
  • Reduced-fat milks are not recommended for toddlers or young children.

Introducing a Sipper Cup

A sipper cup is a training cup with a screw- or snap-on lid and a spout that lets your child drink without spilling. Sipper cups are a great way to transition from breastfeeding or bottle-feeding to a regular cup. They also help improve hand-to-mouth coordination, help your baby to develop motor skills and minimise mess as your little one moves to drinking independently.

When to introduce a sipper cup?

All babies are different - some will enjoy a sipper cup as early as 5 or 6 months, and others aren't interested until after their first birthdays. Generally though - most babies are ready to try at around 7 to 9 months.   Some babies take to a sipper cup immediately while others take a while to get used to the idea.


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Tips to help:

  • Show your baby how to raise the cup to his mouth and tip it up to drink.
  • Give it some time. It will take sometime for your baby to master the coordination required to successfully use a sipper cup.
  • Don't be pedantic on technique – don’t worry if your baby doesn't use the sipper cup properly for a while – its fine to let them play with as well.
  • If your baby sucks on the sipper but doesn't get anything, try taking out the valve that controls the flow or offer the sipper without the lid. It'll be messy at first, but it may be easier for your child to learn to handle the cup first and then learn how to operate the sipper. If your child continues to have problems, you can make an extra slit in the valve or remove the valve altogether – this will allow the liquid to flow more easily.
  • If your baby won’t take the sipper cup and drinks from a bottle, try giving half the formula or breastmilk in the bottle. When it's empty, switch to the sipper cup for the second half of the feeding. 
  • Other babies who won’t take a sipper – will drink from a cup with a built in straw. So try a few options until you find something that suits you and your little one.  If your baby simply isn’t interested, don’t worry. Some babies may not be interested until they’re ready for whole milk at 1 year old.
  • As soon as you think your child is ready – progress to using a regular cup and drink bottle.

Reminders with Sipper Cups and Drink Bottles
Never let your child take a sipper cup (or bottle) of  milk to bed or walk around sipping on a drink for hours. This can cause terrible tooth decay. Encourage your child to sit and finish the drink.
Cleaning and safety. Always thoroughly clean the cup or bottle between uses. Liquid can easily become trapped in the nooks and crannies of a sipper cup or bottle, leading to the growth of bacteria and mold.


 For more information on fluid requirements for infants and toddlers see: