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Old 10-20-2009, 08:23 PM
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At what age did your kids start drinking from a straw?

When we were out the other day, there was a family with a baby sitting in a high chair who couldn't have been a year old. He was eating food and drinking from a straw like a champ! He was so cute to watch.

I remember that it took my son a while to learn how to drink from a straw. He was a little over a year old. I don't remember the exact age for my daughter but it was before she was a year old but not as young as this little guy.

How old were your kids when they started drinking from a straw?
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:34 AM
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Tami my 3 kids were around the 1 year mark when they drank through straws.....most of my daycare kids are about 14 months to 16 months when they start. I use sippy cups with straws in them for some of the kids who can. i like to get them off the bottle as early as possible....so much better for their teeth.

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Old 10-23-2009, 05:58 AM
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Straw drinking helps strengthen the muscles in their mouth which helps their speech when the times comes. I learned that from dd2's speech therapist as she was delayed and part of her homework was to eat jello, pudding, and yogurt through a big straw to work the underdeveloped muscles.

If I had know I would have started my kids much younger on straws and ditched the sippy cups except for in the car.

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Old 10-23-2009, 01:02 PM
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My oldest dau started drinking from a straw in April before she turned 2 in Aug. My babysitter taught her while we were at a restaurant. Honestly don't remember about the others
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Not sure what came first a straw or a sippy cup but I'd say about 1-ish
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