Your preschooler will be doing this before you know it.
Fortunately, helping your preschooler transition to cups won't be as challenging as weaning your toddler from a bottle. Most preschoolers are dying to do things like the "big kids" do and this is one area where that's perfectly OK. Since they are more than developmentally read for the transition, it's not too difficult to introduce cups to a preschooler.
1Gauge interest. Ask your child if she wants to learn to drink from a big girl cup. If she already does, your job is halfway done.
2Encourage interest. Use cups in front of him, talk about how big kids use regular cups.
3Buy a special cup. Pick out a child-friendly regular cup together.
4Take a bath. Give your child her new cup while she's in the bathtub. Fill the cup with just a few sips of water from the tap and then let her try it out. This way spills won't matter at all.
5Show him how. If he struggles with how to do it, show him how you do it.
6Practice at the table. Fill the cup with just a few sips of water at a time.
7Create a helper. When spills happen, remain calm and teach your kiddo how to wipe them up.
- If being a big kid with a special cup doesn't encourage your kiddo to drink from a regular cup, try putting a special drink in the cup. A typically forbidden soda or flavored water might be the inspiration your preschooler needs.
- Don't try to introduce cups to your preschooler when he is already working on potty training, a new school, a new sibling or other transition. Wait until things are settled.