Switching from bottle to sippy cup...

Nicole - posted on 01/16/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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my son is almost 9 months and i'm trying to get him started on a sippy cup. he will sometimes drink juice from his cup but every time i put milk in it, he pushes it away. any tips on how to get him to drink milk from a sippy cup? i want to get him off the bottle completely!

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Toni - posted on 01/23/2010

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Brynna didnt want to use a sippy cup at first either. I was told not to give her juice or water in a bottle (I'm guessing so it helps wing her off her bottle) When we sit and eat together I take her sippy cup and pretend to drink it (w/o putting my mouth on it due to the advise of her DR. its not good to put your germs in their mouth b/c we have plaque and it could ruin their teeth) I pretend to have fun drinking out of it and tell her how good it is then I give it to her and she drinks it. She used to blow in it and it would spit right into her eye, it was kind of funny, but after much practice she has gotten it, just be patient after all that's what being a mother is all about. But she loves drinking from it after I pretend to love it, she is so proud of herself.

Jill - posted on 01/23/2010

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By milk do you mean formula? He should have milk until he is 1. You should always keep the cup in his sight, wheather he is playing on the floor or in the exersaucer or in his high chair. Keep introducing it to him. I also found that the playtex sippys (with the double handles) have rubber tips which is easier for them to suck than solid plastic ones.

Debra - posted on 01/23/2010

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i work at a coffee shop and my boy loves to drink water out of a takeaway coffee cup just like mum. he also likes to try drink out of a cup.... he is not too fond on the sippy cups either and still likes his morning and night bottle

Anita - posted on 01/22/2010

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My 9mos old daughter has been drinking from a sippy cup since she was 6 mos. I only put juice in it tho. I haven't put formula in it. Now I'm wondering how she will react if I did. She still loves her bottle so I hope it goes over well with the sippy. Thank you for posting this. Made me think of the months to come.

Diane - posted on 01/22/2010

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I like the ones with the no-leak valves. I tried one by gerber, but my son didn't like the spout on it. Then I tried one made by Nuby & he likes it a lot better, but still prefers his bottle for now.

Ali Marie - posted on 01/22/2010

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I have not been able to find a sippy cup that she can actually drink out of! I have like 5 of them and she can only get liquid out of one, but it spills all over the place. I only give her a bottle if she wakes up before 7am or before she goes to bed...otherwise she drinks water or juice from a regular plastic cup. She drinks really well from a regular cup! Just yesterday I took the top off one of her sippy cups and let her drink from it like a regular cup. She loved it!!! She grabbed onto the handles and did her thing it was so cute.

Trasena - posted on 01/22/2010

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o thanks for the feedback.... I give him a sippy with his lunch and bottles the rest of the day

Diane - posted on 01/22/2010

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My son doesn't hold his own bottle yet. He is such a wiggle worm that I don't know how he ever will. He knows how to use a sippy, but isn't too interested really. Most kids I know aren't even using sippys regularly at the age of 1 so I'm not worried about it at all. It will happen in time.

April - posted on 01/22/2010

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my daughter wont' even hold her own bottle yet, never mind a sippy.. the little princess. Although lately she's getting finicky with the bottle.. only drinks an ounce or two and then pushes it away and wants to see what is going on with her brothers. I've started giving her a sippy with her meals (nuk trainer) and she likes to hold it and shake it but hasn't figures out that she can actually drink out of it yet. I'm a little afraid she isn't getting enough liquid but she eats solids like a champ.. don't remember what I did with my first two at this stage.

Ashley - posted on 01/21/2010

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My daughter is also 9 months old. I've been giving her a sippy cup for a few weeks now. But for some reason she don't like the taste of water or even juice mixed with water? She all she does is chew on it. She is still on the bottle though. I think its to early for her to be off it.

Connie - posted on 01/20/2010

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I've actually read several articles opposing sippy cups. Sippy cups are meant for travel. Which is why it is recommended to introduce the cup instead. And if you do plan to use a sippy cup, make sure to buy several types so your child doesn't favor one like a binky. I've seen parents fight with their child because they won't let go of their sippy cup.

Besides, isn't it too early to get a 9 month old off the bottle completely? My son can't even drink from a cup by himself yet, I have to hold it for him.

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2010

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My Doctor told me to try a sippy cup at 6 months and i did and never went back to a bottle. He has been using a sippy cup since then. He will be 9 months old the 24th. I hope that helps. All babies are diff your might not like.

Trasena - posted on 01/19/2010

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is it too early to take a nine month old off bottles completely???? This is my first time and I NEVER know when I am suppose to do these kind of things?

Melinda - posted on 01/18/2010

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on my daughter we got the sippy cups with plastic drinking spouts. i think it tends to almost feel like a bottle nipple. shes not had a bottle in almost 3 days, and thats diffidently a shocker

Claire - posted on 01/18/2010

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my little one is the same he will drink his water from one but not his milk i have been trying for a couple of months now but he is having none of it i have tried all different styles to no avail. im going to wait a couple of months a try again. yh they do say a year so we have got a bit of time left lol good luck!!

Amy - posted on 01/18/2010

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You may also want to try a different sippy cup. My daughter just turned 9 months and her ped suggested she start trying to drink from one, so we went and got the Nuk trainer sippy. It's sort of like a mini-step between the bottle and an actual sippy cup and my daughter loves it. She didn't appreciate her milk being in a cup rather than her bottle for the first time she tried using it, but after about ten minutes of gentle prompting, she drank it all and hasn't been back to the bottle since. She especially likes the little handles rather than the fat bottle to hold on to. ;)

Pebble - posted on 01/16/2010

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My son is also nine months and he's not to fond of it either but i just put a little in there and keep trying and eventually he will get used to it. technically they don't have to be off a bottle until like a year when they start drink regular milk so i'm not really pushing it i just keep trying to let him know its okay if he wants it out of a cup instead of a bottle i guess what i'm saying is i would really start get worried or trying so hard until he's closer to the age of one which is in like 4 months and that a long time for him to learn and get used to it

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