Sippy Cups

Allison - posted on 06/29/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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I am trying to get my 10 month old to use a sippy cup, so that I can slowly ween her off the bottle. She knows what the sippy cup is for, as well as regular cups, but she doesn't know how to use it. When she puts it to her mouth, she just chews on the mouth piece instead of sucking. She doesn't understand to tip the cup up a little to get the liquid into the mouth piece, either. Any suggestions or comments?

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Beth - posted on 07/14/2010

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My son uses the Dr. Brown's bottles (he's down to 3 a day of formula, is about to turn one). We started him on the Dr. Brown's sippy cup, and he mastered that so we used the two stage Tommy Tippee cups, and mastered those.
Now we use the Nuby Straw Cup; and we love them! The straws are soft, and its' also good that he knows how to use a straw now, which is good for his oral motor development (which increase language development). I love Nuby!

Jessica - posted on 07/13/2010

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Take the no spill thing out of the inside so that the liquid flows freely - make sure you are right there!!!!! Then after they use it a bit, put it back in. Then they know that they are getting a drink and when it doesn't automatically come out after you put the "stopper" back in, they "try" for it. Works great.

Kelly - posted on 07/13/2010

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We used the nuby cups and started our daughter on them at 6 months she took to them instantly and has been off the bottle ever since. Try those, they're soft spout and no leak.

Molly - posted on 07/12/2010

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put some juice in it she will learn fast lol that how i got my daughter to do it.

Rebecca - posted on 07/12/2010

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My son started using a sippy cup around 7 months and only uses the bottle at bedtime and in the morning, at first he did not know what to do with it but after a while he got the hang of it. I say just give it time and she will get use to it.

Alisha - posted on 07/12/2010

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My son is also ten months and i have been dabbling with sippy cups for at least a couple months now. He seems to like the nuby which has a soft spout and the handles can be removedl; which he prefers then he can hold it like he holds the bottle! good luck

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I also agree that you have to try a bunch of different brands before finding one that your child will use - expensive, but you can donate the rest to a shelter or another good cause. Good luck!

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My daughter didn't understand the tipping the cup up to get the liquid approach at first, but eventually she got it. I offer her a sippy cup at every meal, and at first she just played with it and threw it on the ground, but after a few weeks she started to get it. She now loves it and loves the independence! Good luck!!

Rainy - posted on 07/12/2010

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I don't know if it has been suggested yet or not but you might try taking the top and dipping it in what ever is in the sippy cup. Put the lid back on and put it in LOs mouth and they will attempt to suck it off the spout and get more. This worked for our little one. After a few days she was a pro! Also, I still have to tilt her sippy cup occasionaly because she will forget to. Other than that she does great!!! Hop it helps!

Megan - posted on 07/12/2010

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My son is 11 months and I started trying a sippy cup around 7 months. He was quite confused at first, but I only offered it to him after eating some baby food, so he was thirsty. I would try it just once a day and he had the same reaction as many here, just biting and chewing. Eventually, after many weeks of just trying, he will now drink from the sippy cup regularly. I've got two different kinds and he is indifferent to either (both Gerber, but different "nub style". It took him some time to get the tilt, but similar to the bottle, he figured it out eventually.
He still gets a bottle in the morning and at night before bed, but he seems to have adapted to interchanging both quite well.
Keep trying, small sessions at a time, and maybe try to associate it with a particular meal or time of day.

Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2010

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what i did was try to help her hold it up and tell her this is how you drink out of the cup it seemed to work ok for my daughter

Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2010

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my daughter knows what the sippy cups are for she'll drink out of it fine sometime but other times she just spits the juice water whatever back out

Donna - posted on 07/11/2010

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Hi! Just thought i would mention that i have 5 children the youngest who is 11 months old and is not much interested in 'sippy ' cups. Each one of my children have adopted different ways of drinking out of different kinds of beakers and each one of them have done it in their own time and on their terms. Just pick one that you think is suitable and keep going with it - they will get there when they choose 2 - patience is a virtue and it certainly is! Good luck! :) :)

Jamie - posted on 07/11/2010

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i have been offering my 11 month old the sippy cup for about 2 1/2 months now, and at first he drank out of it now he only wants to chew on it. so im thinking instead of letting him hold the cup,i will hold it and work with him like that. and i hope that it works

Kenya - posted on 07/10/2010

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I am trying to get my son to use a sippy cup too. First I tried a cheap Playtex one, but the spout was too hard. The second one was also Playtex with a soft spout and handles, but the handles confused him and the spout wasn't soft enough. Finally, I bought a Munchkin one with the soft silicone spout and he seems to be warming up to it. I too had to put it in my mouth and show him how to drink from it, then he got it. He won't use anything with handles because he doesn't understand what they are for, but he will drink from a regular cup (thanks to my mom being an anxious grandma:)

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We started to introduce the sippe cup to my son around 6-7 months. At first he wasn't very effective at getting the water out. (We started with the Nuby cups) --- We later discovered that the Nuby cup "nipple" is too tough for him, and he has to work too hard to get the water out. So I tried the "classic" Playtex sippe cup - here's a picture of it -> http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5QYbUgx32Lk/R1...



It has a plastic "nipple" and a rubber stopper inside the lid to keep it from spilling. My son has to work a lot less to get the water out. He loves these cups. Maybe that kind of sippe will work better for your child, as it worked better for mine.



PS: Try what my husband and I did - drink out of the sippe to show your child how to do it. We did that several times to show Israel how to use a sippe, that helped.-

Tonja - posted on 07/10/2010

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My daughter was the same way. I got her a Nuk learner cup and my daughter actually drink out of it. I still give her a bottle first thing in the mornin and before bed bu t during the day i use the cup and she drink water from it and formula

Mandie - posted on 07/09/2010

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im also putting my son on sippy cup have been for 2wks know i find i give him his bottle then after a min ill swap it over to his sippy cup he still has trouble to lift it up to drink but he know sucks from it instesd of chewing on it i hope this helps

Stacey - posted on 07/09/2010

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Like another mom said you may need to try several cups. We tried a few..sometimes if they have to suck too hard they will give up. So try a few differnt types. The Avent cup works for Chloe. Don't give up and remember in his own time. Good luck

Autumn - posted on 07/08/2010

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My son is now 11 months old and I have been trying him on the sippy cup since he was 6 months and was weening him. He did the exact same thing, would just chew on it and not drink. I gave it to him after he last bottle nipple split and he just started drinking from it. He hasnt been on a bottle since. I was always told that they will get it when they are ready and I believe that. Good luck with your little one >^^

Kristy - posted on 07/08/2010

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Daisy wont use a sippy cup, but she will drink from a regular cup if we are holding it for her. She wont even try to pick either of them up though. She loves drinking from a water bottle and also a little from a straw. I think we may just skip the sippy cup altogether and work on a straw instead.

Jennifer - posted on 07/08/2010

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It took my son a few times to remember he had to tilt his head back. So, we would just play a game with him and tilt our head back when he went to take a drink. He will be 11 months on Sunday and hasn't had a bottle in a good month. He's still nursed at least 3 times a day (more on the weekends, but I think that's just because Mommy is home with him all day.) Good luck! You'll be glad you don't have to break the bottle.

Romancia - posted on 07/08/2010

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baby see baby do.... i've started using sipply cups with my 10 month old and since i've started i've not given her a bottle since then...

at 1st she didnt understand that she had to such it, she was just chewing on the mouth part then i took it from her put it in my mouth and sucked it, gave it back to her and she did as i did, and shes had no probelm since then.. well she does not know how to hold it up but i had the same issue with her not holdig her bottles up, but she can drink from a straw cup just fine.. so maybe u can just skip the sippy and go straight to the straw cups

Amanda - posted on 07/08/2010

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Oh and I use Born Free sippy cups because they aren't totally spill proof and that's better for the baby's ears, they aren't having to suck so hard for the liquid.

Amanda - posted on 07/08/2010

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Just keep offering it too her once or twice a day...let her play with it eventually with some practise baby will get it...don't worry.. good luck

Amanda - posted on 07/08/2010

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I also use a cup with a no leak straw. My daughter was doing the same thing with a normal sippy cup. She does very well with the straw. She does liket he ones with the skinnier straw instead of the fat ones.

Marta - posted on 07/08/2010

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I used a Playtex sippy with the valve removed. It was a horrible mess, but she figured it out fast. Now we use the Nuby ones as well as the Playtex ones. She didn't get any bottles during the day, just cups, and she hated it. But she was biting the nipples off the bottles, so we didn't really have a choice. Her ped said she would act like she was starving, but once she got hungry enough, she'll use a cup, which she did. It only took 2 days.

Jennifer - posted on 07/08/2010

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this is a good topic of conversation... my son doesn't want to have anything to do with any sippy cup we have tried including the nuby. he just wants to drink out of a regular cup. maybe i should be more persistant with the sippy and see how it goes.

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when my son first started using the sippy cup he was the same way. it took him a few weeks to really get the hang of it. keep trying

Elisabeth - posted on 07/06/2010

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Believe it or not,.... my daughter only uses the cheap 'Take and Toss' cups. No handles and not really a nipple. They market them as 'spill less' but it's not really true, and I think that helped her because a drop or 2 would get into her mouth and she realized that if she sucked on it, juice came out. She's been doing well since. Though I have not tried it to wean her off the bottle, but more for her to get used to with juice before going to formula in it.

Leslie - posted on 07/06/2010

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I transitioned my son to the sippy cup at 9 1/2 months it took a few weeks for him to learn how to use it but i was very persistent with him. Now he's officially using the cup.I tried the Nuby it leaked a lot. So he uses the playtex brand instead.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/06/2010

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I've been using the Nuby cups as recommended below. My son does the same thing but I just let him chew because a little bit comes out when he does. I've also been putting juice in his cups because I know thats something he wants more than milk so it gives him an incentive to actually drinking from it.

Cherry Mae - posted on 07/06/2010

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Just keep on trying.. My baby used to be like that.. but i keep on putting it in her mouth with a milk in it...later she sips a little..and now she's a pro at it...just be patient...she'll learn it the sooner you might think.. good luck!

Lisa - posted on 07/06/2010

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I think there is always a lot of trial-and-error with this, so keep trying different approaches and different lids. Soft spout cups make more sense as they don't feel like teethers in the mouth, and make sure you don't use a no-spill spout as until they get the idea what the cup is for it's pretty useless. The Doidy cups (open with a slanted edge and handles) is great for closely supervised cup teaching, as you can see down into the cup to see how far to tilt. Once they see they can get something out (preferably water with some juice at first as babies don't take to milk out of a cup very well at first), then they may be more likely to take a closed cup.

Lisa, mom of 2 (Emily 33.5 months, Sarina 11 months) and Early Childhood Intervention Specialist for 15 years

Priscilla - posted on 07/05/2010

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i agree with the post down below.. The Nuby cups are awesomeee!!! i had first bought playtenx cups because my baby also uses playtex bottles but the spout is hard and she just bit it!!! when i sqw the nuby cups had a soft spout i bought them and she loved it!!!! they are her fav but she also like the ones that you can either reuse or throw away!!! i dnt remember their name but the spout is hard but not too hard and she drinks perfectly well out of this one too!!!

Ashley - posted on 06/29/2010

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I have gotten my daughter on the Nuby cups. Some of them have handles so it is easy for her to use and they also have the soft nipple on them. Then when she chews on it the milk comes out. She cant use a regular cup because of her cleft but she does really well on these. Also, once she shows interest in the cup, take the bottle away completely. That way she doesnt have the option of the bottle or cup.

Tara - posted on 06/29/2010

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When I tried to ween my son off the bottle, which I still have accomplished 100%, I got him a sippy cup with the no leak straw. It's almost like a nipple on the bottle and he will use it. I just haven't managed to keep him off the bottle when he gets upset or goes to bed. I've noticed that my 10 month old daughter also loves the sippy cup. I've tried about 20 different sippy cups before I found one that either of them will use.

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