Selena has been doing really good overall. Her latest milestones are trying new foods with a spoon, and adjusting her from bottle to a cup. I know for Emma when she hit 1 yrs old, we automatically stopped giving her the bottle and pacifier. YEAH. Emma adjusted really fast, and although teething was a hard transition without a pacifier, Nûby provided alternatives for her to chew on.
We are hitting 8 months with Selena and have seen her take spoonfuls of bananas but what about switching her bottle? Technically her adjusted age is only 5 months old, so is this too soon for us to try? I rather introduce it and see what she is capable of as opposed to not trying at all. So the cup I chose to try was chosen specifically for Selena and here is why.
The cup I chose from Nûby is called the Non-Drip 3 Stage Grow with me Nurser. This says that it can be used for 0+ months..however it will just depend on the baby. Emma actually used this cup after we took the bottle away, and she loved it. It had the nipple that was similar to her bottle but also came with a second nipple that is normally used for sippy cups in the square shape. So this was a great cup to transition Emma in, and I wanted to use this one also for Selena.
I also wanted this cup because of the easy grip detachable handles. Selena has a really bad tendency to clench her fists a lot. She is currently undergoing physical therapy to help with that and other issues. I figured that this would help bring her hands to something to hold as she drinks, which would eventually teach her how to hold her cup. Amazingly in her first try she did exactly what I was hoping for, and held onto the handles.
The issue we had was her actually drinking anything. I started her feed at 3PM and she only drank one ounce from the cup. I figured that it was just her first try so it would take more adjusting and she would figure it out the next time around.
I tried the cup 2 more times that day and she took less and than none at all. I was concerned that maybe it was the nipple? Maybe her formula and rice cereal mixture was too thick to flow from the nipple. I tested it while cleaning it out and it seemed fine. So then I thought well maybe its just too thick for her and she isn't strong enough to drink from it? So we may have to wait till she is a little bigger to try again. This is why I said it will vary from baby to baby, because all babies are different and especially Selena. She is a 25 week preemie who has a lot to learn and grow still. I'm hoping with physical therapy she will start to show more progress and catch up quicker!
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