Progress Progress everywhere, now how about a straw?!
It is always important to talk about accomplishments. And it seems with Hunter, they come in groups. I believe that it's not that Hunter is gifted to produce milestones in threes, I think it more has to do with the fact that I will attempt a group of things for him to try all the same time. This time, after the standing and all I thought to myself, let's try the Nuby Sip and Flip flexible straw cup. I had purchased this cup about a month of so ago, knowing that I needed a different sort of cup/bottle for Hunter's juice. Since Hunter drinks his milk, water and juice, I wanted him to realize that each one comes in a different container. I wanted to stop putting them all in bottles. At one time I had put the water and juice in to his sippy cups. However, I found that when he drank out of the sippy cups he drank a tremendous amount less then he would from his bottle. I know that this was because it is just harder work to drink from a sippy cup rather then a bottle. And after realizing that he definitely wasn't getting the amount of fluids I wanted him to because of the sippy cups, I resorted back to his bottles for the last month.
Today I busted out the Nuby Flip and Sip Straw cup. He used it like a champ. And of course he would! He's Hunter! And why this surprises me (still), I am not really even sure. He will do what ever you want him to, so long as you give him few tries to acclimate to it! Even though I know that he will do this, and I am the first to say, never limit your child, I still laugh that he does these things that I ask of him.
Here are some pictures of the learning experience, (not for Hunter) for me - once again!
|I don't know Mommy, what exactly is this thing and what do you want me to do with it?|
|Okay, I will try it. I am not too sure if I will like it, but I will try.|
|Humm, not too bad! And I even get juice as a reward? Pretty neat! I love my juice.|
|Ha! Now I am an old pro at this! I will even do it for Grandma!|
|Look at me go! I am something else, aren't I? Yep, I know I am smart and cute to boot!|
Seriously, Hunter is smart. And he makes sure I know it every time we do something involving skill. I am so grateful that I always had told Hunter the words for the actions he had done since he was born. Every time he sucked from his bottle, I would say "suck, suck" or for his sippy cups, "sip, sip". I think it really was beneficial for when I brought him the straw cup and straight out told him to "suck, suck" and "sip, sip". He knew exactly what I wanted him to do with the straw and we obviously then had success! My recommendation for anyone trying to teach the use of a straw, is to do these things. Explain what you want them to do, and I also found that a few demonstrations from Mommy using his straw cup couldn't hurt either. Today I learned an additional two things as a result of teaching Hunter how to use a straw. Hunter knows exactly what I mean by the words "suck" and "sip", and he also is a visual learner.
Yay for Hunter!!
YAY HUNTER!! I need to tackle the straw for Mari too...maybe I ought to get the one you had success with. :)ReplyDelete