Little Fingers Friday - Straws
Ever wonder why it is important to have your toddler be able to suck through a straw? I did! Here's why these skills can be important to their development.
- Sensory feedback. The sucking can stimulate your toddler's senses.
- Developing the small muscles in the mouth help prepare the mouth for speech sounds.
- Developing small muscles in the mouth help prepare the mouth for moving chewed food around to swallow.
- Sucking on a straw provides a calming output.
As my toddler continues to practice this skill, this information helps me acknowledge the importance and continue reintroducing.
How can you practice?
One trick is to hold the top end of the straw and allow it to fill with liquid. Begin by letting your toddler suck from the bottom as you release the top. Go slowly so your toddler does not take in too much liquid at one time.
Next continue to practice the traditional way. Over time, your toddler will remember the sensation and be able to suck through a straw.
Do you have any other straw tips that worked for you? Please share!