I wrote about introducing a water glass when Annabelle, my now three year old, was a baby. Her little brother has just turned one and has recently become obsessed with drinking water from a glass, so we’ve had fun letting him try out various drinking vessels. The kitchen in our new home has far, far more cabinet space than our previous space, where we stored all of our kitchen goodies in the original 1950’s cabinetry. What that change means in practical terms is that a whole lot of space has been opened up for Annabelle and Elliot’s things, including their drinking glasses.
While the stainless steel cup and the shot glasses that held Annabelle’s first sips of water work just fine, all were being washed the other day and Elliot needed a drink precisely now, so I was looking around for a substitute and found a plethora of options. Being the Montessori nerd that I am, I took each of them out, lined them up on the counter, smiled and giggled, and thought, “my goodness, I have to take a picture of these!” And so I did. I was thinking that many of you may have a baby or toddler in need of his or her own first cup and, if you haven’t recently moved and packed and unpacked every item in your kitchen like I have, you may not realize how many little treasures tucked away in your kitchen are calling your wee one’s name.
If you’re not sure why you’d skip the sippies and give your baby an ordinary cup, check out my first post on drinking glasses for an explanation of why all those spills are well worth it. Then, come back and see if you have one of the following lying around, pull it out, rinse it off, and let your baby or toddler give it a try.
From left to right, we have a:
- Stainless steel condiment cup
- Stainless steel espresso cup (I think this one was designed with coffee connoisseurs who love camping in mind. I actually found it at a tiny health food store, but I can imagine it being for sale at REI or some other outdoorsy place).
- Bamboo cup from a sake set
- Wee ceramic tea cup from a mini tea set
- Glass shot glass
- Silver cup from a Turkish Coffee set
Once your child becomes comfortable with a small cup or glass and starts wanting more to drink at a time, you can upgrade them to a rocks glass, small juice glass, or other medium-sized vessel. My new brand of choice for baby, toddler, and preschooler drinking glasses is Duralex (no, they didn’t pay me to say that!), which the husband and I actually use in appropriate sizes for us, too. I was turned on to them by Emily, and have never looked back. I love them because they’re real glass, but are incredibly strong, too. It’s likely you already have something that will work perfectly for your children on hand, though. It’s amazing what you can find when you start looking around.
Does or did your baby, toddler, or preschooler have a favorite cup or glass? Any favorites you’d like to recommend?
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