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Monday, October 23rd, 2006

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Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Sorry, just spotted my beloved child spraying water around the room like Moby bloody Dick and remembered that I had meant to write something about water. I'm still not 100% sure about  the rules for Baby Led Weaning and water (what? there are rules?) but I generally just put it out for her to knock off the highchair table.

In the hot weather we've been having recently she has definitely been drinking more, but she has never yet picked up the spouty cup thing by herself other than to chew it. So I always have to pick it up and offer it to her.

As for the actual kind of cup, I've tried quite a few. The Avent Magic Cup magically prevented water from coming out of it and I've heard similar reports about the Tommee Tippee one. Still, I've bought the damn thing now so I'll try it again at some point in the future.

I've let Babybird drink from a glass (sometimes my own, sometimes a wee shot glass which fits her mouth a little better). That's fine but can sometimes end in a drenching, which isn't that practical when we are out and about.

We have also tried those crazy blue trainer teats that they sell in Boots. You just put them into a bottle and off you go, but as I am formula feeding (oooo-hoh, more of THAT later, my friends) I don't want the baby to get confused about what she's drinking so we're going to jack them in shortly.

What else? The very basic Tommee Tippee ones with the solid spout are quite good but seem to explode open when chucked from a highchair. But she can actually get water out of the spout so that is a bonus.

I suppose the best I've found so far is a Superdrug one with a wee straw which curls round the inside of the lid and up towards the spout. The baby seems to like it, she can drink from it, the lid stays on if it crashes to the ground, she doesn't have to tip herself back to drink from it and it doesn't leak badly. However, it doesn't have any protection for the spout so I always feel that it's a bit manky if I take it out in my bag. With the weather the way it is at the moment I just have it jammed into the side of the pushchair with the baby.

Thinking back, it's only in the last week or so that she's actually started drinking anything from those cups, though, so it's hard to say whether she's developmentally ready or tormented by the recent infernally hot weather.

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