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Ok, My little daughter always drinks by facing up & holding the water bottle upside down like this picture. This is not good because she may choke on the water.

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I want her to drink like the man in this picture. The bottle should be held horizontally.

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face up/down ​ (of a person) with your face and stomach facing upwards/downwards

She lay face down on the bed.


upside down (adj) in a position in which the top of something is where the bottom is normally found and the bottom is where the top is normally found

The painting looks like it's upside down to me.


upside down adverb: ​in or into a position in which the top of something is where the bottom is normally found and the bottom is where the top is normally found

The canoe floated upside down on the lake.


How to express this action in English? "Please, don't face up drinking like that" or "Please, don't drink with the bottle being held upside down like that"

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How about

Don't tilt your head so far back when you drink from the bottle (keep it level)

(Similar to Kate's comment on the other answer)

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For a little kid I’d simply use something like:

“Sit up straight when you’re drinking your water!”

or

“Stand up straight when you’re drinking your water!”

etc.

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  • but, what if the kid is standing, so say "stand up straight when you’re drinking your water!"? – Tom Jan 9 at 5:56
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    Or "Don't tip your head back when you're drinking!" – Kate Bunting Jan 9 at 9:51
  • @Tom: yep, good. I’ve added that to the answer. And overall, the reason I prefer the “...up straight” form over Kate’s “don’t tip” version, despite her phrasing more accurately matching that of the question than mine does, is simply that for a little kid I think mine would be more easily understood. Bottom line is, if faced with the situation as describe—-i.e. a little kid who’s about to waterboard herself with her sippy cup 😀— I can’t envisage myself choosing Kate’s more precise but also more complex version. – tkp Jan 9 at 12:47

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