Our daughter was over a year before we even tried a sippy cup and it took a while for her to learn to suck properly.
I've been told that dentists recommend sippy cups with straws to others W/O straws because they are supposed to keep juices away from teeth (for those babies that are of juice drinking age). I'm also going to ask the Peditrician about watering down those baby electrolyte drinks say about 50% - 50% especially since they are healither and better for hydration than regular juices seem to be. I'll let you know what he says (which should be in a few weeks or so for our next visit) since you live in a hot as heck during the summer months climate too.
I don't remember the age that we began to use the sippy cups with our babies, but they basically went straight to a cup from nursing. They never used a bottle, is what I am trying to say.
I remember hearing, however, that the sippy cups that have the vacuum thingy in it, don't know if they even make them anymore, was very bad for speech development and also the mechanics of the cup seemed to harbor lots of bacteria. I believe the cups were made by Playtex at the time.
DH and I have decided that we will go back to the old fashioned type, the one that allows tons of spillage and little in the mouth, at first.
It's been fun watching you raise your first born so far. I remember the days we couldn't wait to try things. Now, with number 6, we are holding back on everything! Time goes by so fast!
I will have to take into consideration about the bacteria in the sippy cup. We are certainly not pushing Rylan towards a sippy cup but mainly we were curious to see how well he would do with one since he seems so interested in drinking from our glasses. It is a rare occasion that we actually give it to him simply because he doesnt do too much with it.
Babies are so fun to watch while they are learning or trying new things. As parents we too learn new things as our children do.
We went to the Dr. and he said most babies over a year can alternate drinking Gatorade then water when they have an upset tummy since most hate pedilyte by then. Our Dr. also recommended adding 50% water to 50% either pedilyte or Gatorade since Alexis won't drink the water especially after she's had the sweeter pedilyte. The Dr. said by doing 50% - 50% you won't have to worry about them taking in too much salt as if they just drank nothing but the Pedilyte. He also recommended staying away from Grapes, Raisins, Prunes, Applesauce, (but not apples) since they have a laxative effect. The Dr. also said to stay away from all dairy until the bm turns back to normal for 3-4 days then dairy products can be reintroduced slowly. Just FYI for anyone a baby's diet after unset of loose BM tummy issues is the B.R.A.T. diet for about the first 24 hours: Bananas, Rice, Apples, Tea, (very little sugar).
Use soap free luke warm baby wash cloths instead of irritating wipes (even unscented can irritate), use lots of cream with Zinc Oxide (Desitin Creamy or A+D), change diapers very often or use incontinence bed pads (or pet 'potty' training pads) to line the area your baby is in if the baby isn't mobile yet so they can be diaper free and you can just toss the mess. Please note you should watch your baby if using the pads to insure the baby won't suffocate and doesn't remain in any mess. I'm currently going to try using soap free Johnson & Johnson's Baby Wash to see if that too doesn't irritate the skin as much to help speed rash healing time.
I know to some parents this is old or odd news, but I thought I'd share what I've learned since it took 1 1/2 years or 5 I can't stand to see her so miserable stomach viruses to learn. I also apologize if this comment bothers anyone; I simply meant it to be informative since my experiences have taken so long to learn.