I like shot glasses for babies and toddlers; the smaller area leaves less room for spilling and the small size makes them quite manageable for a 12-16 month old to handle independently (if they're wearing a bib with a pocket!) And you can often find them at thrift stores.So far I've made it through two children bottle-free. I do have sports bottle-style sippy cups for trips in the car.
I did this with my second child and was impressed how well it worked out. I did use some sippy cups but mostly just use regular cups. I did read somewhere that a great place to practice is in the bathtub which is funny but makes sense.
I do the same thing... my kitchen is too small to store tons of sippy cups! Though I do straw cups b/c my dd likes to drink water in the car.
I would be so scared that baby would drop the regular glass/cup and injure him/herself.
I use a plastic cup. I think it needs to be light so they can pick it up easily.
And I thought I was doing well to use the tupperware type of cups with the spillable spout or straws. I like your idea for going striaght to an open cup! Our lactation consultant said in other countries even newborns who are not able to nurse are fed right from a cup! That's pretty neat.
I should clarify that I do have a couple of baby bottles and a hand pump for times when I have to leave the baby (this fall's dental emergency, for instance). In real life, everyday, I'm too lazy to bother with bottles!
I did this with all four of mine, too. We also avoided sippee cups. It worked out beautifully with all of them.
We try not to use bottles either - it is one less habit to break later!
Neither of mine took bottles (especially #2), but we do a lot of sippy cups. #2 can drink out of a cup, but I don't trust him to carry the cup around the house at this point, and the sippys are just easier on my stress levels. LOL
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