What is the best way to break the bottle habit and go to the sippy cup?

Elizabeth - posted on 08/07/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Rachel is to the point where I think she is ready to go to the sippy cup. She will take a couple sips out of the cup (and I've tried different ones) and decides she doesn't like it. What do I do?

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Stephanie - posted on 08/14/2009

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When my two older girls were around 11 months old I took the bottles and threw them out. Gave them a sippy cup they never knew the difference. My son, I tried to put formula in his cup and gave it to him and he threw it at me and had a fit. I have to wait to take him off because he is under weight due to a severe milk allergy, GERD and Gastroparesis so I need to make sure that he is taking in enough formula. I am working on trying to break him from the bottle by his 1st birthday.

Amanda - posted on 08/14/2009

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With our son, we threw all his bottles away when we switched him to whole milk... we got the nubby sportster sippy cups... they have the silicone mouthpiece with a straw like "nipple" right in the middle of the lid... he had no problem using them... and I think it made it easier of a transition to a regular sippy cup (like the munchkin ones) because it had the same "feel" to him as his bottles did. Good Luck :)

Rosalie - posted on 08/13/2009

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Well my daughter perfers the straw more then the sippy cup. she will drink out of a regular cup with my help of course but she perfers a straw. Maybe try using one it wont hurt to try.

Mara - posted on 08/12/2009

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My best results to switch was with the sippy cups that have silicone on the top. I think the brand is Nubby brand (I bought the Walgreens brand 3 for $5) I transitioned both of my kids that way. I think when you are starting off with a hard top it is very different than a bottle or bf. You can eventually switch over to the other type, but it took my first son about 3 months to try the hard top ones. Good luck!!

Ginger - posted on 08/12/2009

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I NEED HELP WITH THIS ONE. This is hard for me. My son only gets bottles at night. One before bed and one when he wakes up between 2-4 (which I would love to stop also!!!). I've cut out all daytime bottles. I am very worried about dehydration because we live in Vegas and the summers are crazy hot but, I am sticking with it. He doesn't really like the sippy cup. He will take a few sips then throw it. Same with a regular cup - which I prefer over a sippy anyway! How do I make this transition? He will be 1 on the 13th. I know it is recommended to lose all bottles at 1 year. I'm jst afraid we will have some very difficult nights. I can deal with it but if he only takes two sips, he will not be satisfied at night! How am I going to do this?

Heather - posted on 08/12/2009

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My daughter will only drink water out of the sippy cup. If I put anything else in it she makes a face and throws it on the floor. I am also in the midst of a work in progress

Marina - posted on 08/11/2009

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I threw all of the bottles away. . . they're gonna get thirsty sometime and if there's no bottle they'll have to start getting used to the sippy cup. It took a few days but now he LOVES the thing!

Brittany - posted on 08/10/2009

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My daughter will take a sippy cup except for at night... she went with out a bottle for 2 days and then woke up in the middle of the night the 3rd night and would not stop crying or go back to sleep from 1am - 4am and I gave her a bottle and she has still had one since.... the night time bottle is a work in progress for us!

Martha - posted on 08/10/2009

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Ugh! this has been a struggle for me too! my little man will throw a fit over a sippy cup...so we tried many different ones(thank goodness i had a bunch of different ones from my first child). we are most successful using one of the tupperware ones with the lid that just had an opening. the problem is they spill easily.

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I never had that problem, I went straight from the breast to a sippy cup. But I would suggest putting everything in it...formula, water with a little juice, whatever. She may cry the first day, but breaking all habits are hard.

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