When I gave up work last year one of my goals was to move Ethan from his beaker onto a cup. He easily moved from his bottles onto his beaker at one but this is where we stayed. Nothing I tried worked, and if we tried to push this change Ethan got very distressed so I gave up on the idea.
Move forward a year and a few months ago Ethan suddenly started to take an interest in our cups and what we had in them, he even tried to take a few sips every now and then. We encouraged this, even with hot tea in them. We didn’t want to show any negativity around cups so we also had to teach him that sometimes cups and their contents could be hot. This meant we always had to be alert so that no accidents happened as Ethan could suddenly decide to pull a cup we were drinking from towards himself.
Then Ethan become fascinated with Darren’s glass at dinner time and Darren would let him take sips of his drink. This become a regular occurrence but obviously giving Ethan a glass to drink from was a no go. We tried to give him a cup but Ethan just pushed it away.
Then Darren had a brainwave that possibly Ethan liked that he could see the liquid in the glass, so nanny got Ethan a plastic picnic glass. One for Darren and one for Ethan. It worked Ethan took sips from this glass at dinner time.
After a few nights we decided that perhaps we should just remove the option of the beaker and see how Ethan got on. So last Thursday the beaker has no longer been an option, if Ethan wanted a drink he would be offered this glass.
I’m also linking this post to Loud N Proud as this is a massive milestone for us. It has been a week now and Ethan is doing an amazing job drinking from his cup!