Re: sippy cup vs. straw?...& water?
The sippy cup vs straw vs open top cup debate seems to be part personal preference of the parents and part preference of the baby. There is no one perfect answer for you and your family. You can choose to try them all, or just one kind.
Water isn't necessarily needed, your body will make what baby needs, adjusting to temperature, humidity, and baby's nursing patterns. I've found that most people start with water because it doesn't stain and is easy to clean up. Once baby masters how to use a cup, then they move on to other fluids.
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