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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Toddler Tricks -10

Ways to Trick Your Baby:

Problem:  Baby is growing up and doesn't want to drink out of a sippy cup when she sees her parents using mugs and glasses.  But she, of course, can't use a mug or a glass because she will most definitely drop it on the hard tile of the kitchen and smash it to bits.

Solution:  To give baby a break from her tired old sippy, you can use little dixie cups for a treat every once in a while.  We use plastic ones.  They last longer, and there is no chance of the bottom falling out.

Ways Your Baby Can Trick You:

Problem:  Once your babies figure out that there is no top on that cup, no matter how small it is, messes will occur.  They will stick their hands in the cup (I don't even know how they fit), they will walk with the cup, dribbling it everywhere, they will drop the cup, and while there will be no glass shards to pick up, there will be juice or milk or water everywhere.

Solution:  The cups can be a treat in their own right.  Put only water in them.  If you move to juice (like I did, mistakenly)  you will have a spotty carpet and sticky babies.  Keep an eye on them when they have the cups.  Don't let them out of your sight.  Try, if you can, to keep them in the kitchen, or another room where cleanup is easier.


  1. Thank you so much for this post! My toddler is going back and forth between loving his sippy cup and hating it.

  2. How do you get them to stop putting FOOD in the cups and then drinking from them? Cai loves to put his dinner (peas especially) in his cup. EW.

  3. Hmm, you know, I don't know! I can only come up with tricks on a necessary basis. For some reason, my babies decided that me asking them n ot to put food in their cups was a reasonable request, so I've never come up against this.



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