I found the best way to get my 16 month old son to drink from a straw was to offer him a juice box that comes with those little straws. In the beginning I had to lightly squeeze the box to squirt the juice into his mouth and he liked it so much it stimulated him to suck and within no time at all he was sucking it all on his own. Now holding it without squeezing the juice out is a whole 'nother story! ha ha ha, we are working on that now. As for the words, I would not worry about it. Each child progresses at their own pace and before you know it he will know many words.
Thank you....and good luck to you!
I never found that one....I willget that ine to try now! Thank you!
We got our 8 month old a sippy type cup but with a straw attached from target. He likes it much better that the regular sippy cups and took to it right away. Only problem is he has no teeth so a lot of the water spills right out his mouth....lol. Talking....we haven't got ours to say anything yet....besides mama once. But that all just going to be on the baby I think. When he is ready he will start up. My wife's nephew didn't start talking for 2 years and now he doesn't shut up...haha.
Awesome...I haven't looked at target but our stores around here didn't really have any sippy type ones lol.
Lol my son won't suck on the gogurt but he did the applesauce! I think with some more practice this just might work!!
I think kids like to immitate mom and dad and will try harder to learn something when it's something they decide they want to learn. We didn't try to teach our daughter how to drink from straws it's something she wanted to do from seeing mom and dad do it. She would always take our drinks with straws and try on her own. Ofcourse she got very frustrated when she couldn't figure it out but she was very determined to do it and eventually learned. After that we got her the cups with the straws reaching to the bottom that are still spill proof. They do have them available where they don't go all the way down and you have to tip to drink but we decided we wanted her to learn the difference between a sippy cup and a cup with a straw. Once again she was very frustrated at first because she wanted to tip it like a sippy cup but over time she learned how to hold it to drink. I would just get him the cup and let him try at it til he gets it. Drink things from straws in front of him. As far as the talking thing goes our daughter is 20 months now and knows some words but they aren't very clear like hi, thank you, bite, bye, see ya, love you, goodnight, see, Kiki her cat and ofcourse mom and dad. She understands most of what we say to her like asking for hugs and kisses, lay down, bedtime, outside, inside, shirt, shoes, diaper, brush, alot more objects. She puts things away when we say put it back. She'll get her shoes or moms shoes if you ask. Holds hands when asked. Things like that. I just keep talking to her normally everyday and she keeps learning more. All kids learn at their own pace. I think if you just continue talking to him and showing him "this is a fork." he'll pick it up in no time. I wouldn't worry. It's my experience so far they learn the most by what you do and say. I don't think there is any "tricks" or anything. I don't remember exactly when she started saying each thing. It's been slow progress from her first "mum" when I was sure it wasn't a bunch of M sounds she was maybe like 8 months to last week "bite" when asking for a bite of my food. I know she'll get it and will be talking away in no time and so will your son. :) Don't know if that helps much and sorry I typed so much. Good luck!
Thank you so much! You actually made me feel a lot better!
My son is 21 months old but when he started using a straw he was 15 months as well but he knew how to use a straw at the age of 13 month which was a big shock to me since I never gave him one unless we was out eating or something. But the easiest was I have to say is to keep giving it to him sooner or later he'll learn how to use it or you can try showing him make it fun for him to use a straw. For the talking part my son actually start talking at 3 month saying A,O but he degreased after he had a very bad fever at 4 or 5 months so after that I started work on him to say mommy then after that happened we would sing simple little song to him after that we started working with flash card like his ABC and words, I forgot to mention I alway read him books since he was 2 months so I think by reading to him it will also help a lot too. but for the most part just make it fun the funner it is the more they will try it and enjoy it as well. Hope this helps.
Well honestly McDonalds or whatever your drinking from with a straw. That worked for my youngest is now 15 months old. She started drinking from a straw at 10 months old. We went to McDonalds, and got her a juice. We were drinking soda, and she wanted ours so we tried her with a juice box, she got it down right away, she still loves drinking from a straw. If you get him straw sippy cups, and don't give him anything in the other. He will get thirsty enough he will drink from it. He'll get it. As per his language skills, you said he was premature so he might be alittle behind in the verbal department but not the motor development area. My 15 month old, says yes, no, daddy, momma, cup, i love you, ball, teddy bear, okay, doggy, hi, thank you as "tank you", eye as she points to her eyes. But doctor says she is only a few months ahead of schedule. If your too concerned with his language, talk to his pediatrician. Sounds like he is doing okay. Some kids just prefer to not talk right away, and he might be using some of those words, to be in place of others. Just encourage talking by telling him what things are, if he points to something like say the cup, say something like "do you want your cup?" it's amazing how much they absorb, does he understand things like drink and chair, etc. Like if you asked him to bring you the ball would he do it? If so his understanding of words may be a lot higher than his verbal at the moment. Which his verbal communication will increase soon then. He is an adorable little boy.