Open Cup

An open cup, a cup without a lid, should be introduced to your baby at 6 months of age.  An open cup:Open Cup

  • Helps with speech development.
  • Helps your baby achieve a healthy weight.
  • Reduces the likelihood of cavities.

Choose a cup that is small, light weight and durable. Start by putting a small amount of water in the cup. This will make cleaning up easier while your baby is learning how to use an open cup.

Most of your baby’s nutrition will still come from breastmilk or formula. Your baby will start to eat solid foods around 6 month of age as well. If formula feeding, start weaning your baby off the bottle at 12 months. Your baby should no longer be using a bottle by 18 months. Your baby does not need juice, pop or other sugary beverages.

Watch as Henry tries drinking from an open cup for the first time!

To learn more about starting to use an open cup with your baby, read our brochure.

To promote use of of open cups in your office, clinic or school, download, print and post our poster.

 Tips for helping infants grow their best smile.

This project is a collaboration between the Healthy Eating Team and the Northern Oral Health Working Group.

Northern Oral Health Working GroupThe Northern Oral Health Working Group (NOHWG) is an inter-jurisdictional team which develops and implements best practices which will improve oral and systemic health outcomes of Saskatchewan residents. NOHWG supports membership diversity to ensure inter-professional and inter-jurisdictional representation.

The purpose of the working group is to provide a forum for collective discussion, information sharing, strategizing and action planning concerning all matters related to dental services. This is done through the development, implementation and recommendations which will improve the dental outcomes for residents living in communities represented by the members of the NOHWG.

Focus areas include:

  • To improve the oral health status through
    • Advocating  for access to dental services
    • Establishing standards and shared best practices
    • Prevention and health promotion
    • Capacity development
  • Children’s oral health needs
  • Provide and/or support access to adult dental services
  • Linkage with other health providers

For more information contact Janet Gray at