B.box straw cups are everywhere. They are instantly recognisable with that domed top, silicone straw and curved handles. Not to mention they come in a rainbow of colours, which makes it so exciting to choose one for your child. I’m a huge fan of this straw cup but I will confess one thing: It actually sat unused in my cupboard for two months. Why, you ask? Because Amelia couldn’t use the darn thing.
You may be in the same boat I was in several months ago, thinking you’ve wasted money on yet another cup. Maybe you’re thinking of buying one? Either way, I wanted to share with you our experience.
What Is This Thing?
When I first plopped the b.box down in front of Amelia at 6 months, she had a little chew of the straw and then ignored it. I thought I was doing something wrong… I even thought something was wrong with her. All the other babies were happily sipping away on their straws, why wasn’t mine!?
But fast forward to ten months old and she’s a pro. See…
Some babies will pick it up instantly and hooray for them but some will be a bit apprehensive and need a little guidance.
Here are a few ideas of things to try when teaching your child to use the b.box straw cup:
1. Practice with a Drinking Straw
I found the following tip on how to teach a baby to use a straw by doing a quick Google search. You simply grab a drinking straw, stick it in a glass of water, place your finger over the end to hold the water in, lift it out and then drip it into your baby’s mouth.
It really helped Amelia to get the idea that liquid came out of the straw.
2. Let Them Taste Something Yummy
In conjunction with the straw drip trick I also tempted Amelia into using a straw by allowing her to try something yummy.
I let her have some of my smoothie and this was even more enticing than water!
Here are some recipes for baby friendly smoothies you can try at home.
3. Show Them What to Do
A lot of things that babies learn to do are because they see people doing it. So, in an effort to teach her how to use the straw I demonstrated by pretending to use her b.box cup. I also used straws in my own drinks so she could see me using one!
4. Give it Some Time
When we first gave Melie the b.box she was six months old. She never took to using a bottle so this was one of the first times she was taking liquid from a container. She just didn’t get it.
We put the straw cup back into the cupboard to try at a later date because she just couldn’t get the hang of it. Instead we used an alternative sippy cup where water just poured out until she got the idea of what drinking water was all about.
If you’re little one isn’t getting the hang of it, leave it for a few days and then try again.
One day when I got the b.box out of the cupboard she all of a sudden started drinking through the straw! Over the next few days she used it more and more and we’re at the point now where I don’t even have to pass it to her to drink. She’ll just pick it up by herself and sip away at it.
Is the b.box any good?
I’m a huge fan of the b.box straw cup and can totally understand why I see them everywhere! Here’s a quick summary of why they’re great:
- Weighted straw means that the end of the straw is in liquid no matter what way Amelia holds it.
- Two handles make it really easy for my daughter to hold.
- Fold over cap tucks the straw away to protect it from dirt and germs.
- Straw is soft on mouth and gums.
- Really easy to screw lid on and off.
- Easy to clean and there is a specially designed straw cleaner, which we bought separately.
Only two things to note:
- I have had leakages, which b.box says happens due to a change in temperature causing a build up of pressure in the straw. Amelia likes her water chilled in the fridge and it normally happens as the water cools to room temperature. This isn’t a big deal for me though as we only use water in it, which doesn’t make a bad mess.
- The more a child sucks on the straw the harder it gets to get the water to flow. The child must stop drinking and then you can see air bubbles come out the bottom of the straw and it is easier to drink again.
Are you going to get a b.box straw cup? How are you going with teaching your baby how to use a straw?
Disclosure: We paid for our own b.box straw cup! This post is not sponsored in any way. I just wanted to share some tips with you guys.