Sippy cup closest to breast?

Sarh - posted on 01/16/2011 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My bubby is 7ms old nw. I tried my fiance's niece's hard tipped cup when we were at my in-laws about 2 weeks ago, but he just wanted to chew on it, he didn't know to suck. He gets a bottle maybe 2 or 3 times a month if even at all!! I'm sure I should start with a soft tipped cup, but which cup works best for your breastfed baby? I use the Playtex Drop-Ins bottles. He doesn't take a binkie, but when he does which is a rare occasion, he only takes the soothe (like you get in the hospital). Right now he only nurses, or I will give him water from a bottle sometimes, or I will just let him drink it from one of our cups w/out a lid. He does good if I don't tilt the cup too far. haha, but it is just water so oh well.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/22/2011

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Try these!! These are amazing and BPA Free..and they look cute too! My son is breastfed only and I rarely use a bottle, only when I have too. He also drinks from a cup pretty well if I don't dump it all over him!! But anyways, he loves this sippy cup because of the soft spout and its kind of wide and flat like how a breast is when they are sucking.. Try it! http://binkiebabyboutique.com/proddetail...

Merry - posted on 01/23/2011

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Ahh, Eric didn't have a problem with a regular cup, he has used open cups here and there since 6 months as well as straw cups. By 1.5 years he was reliable with an open cup. And now at 21months 95% of the time he only uses open cups cuz I'm sick of washing his straw cups!
So I think if you use open cups along side straw cusps no harm is done, but for sure if you never expose them to an open cup they will have a hard time learning, sippy cup or straw cup, neither one really teach how to use an open cup on their own.
The brand I bought has handles!

Cassie - posted on 01/17/2011

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I have been going through the same thing with my son. We have tried about five different cups, the only one he can really drink from is te NUK sippy, it has the soft silicone spout, he seems to like it. I also bought a tommee tippee cup, its ok, but I think the NUK cup is better for us.

Rachael - posted on 01/22/2011

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Alexander started using a regular straw on his own without instruction from about 5/6 months old. it is the same tongue movement as they use to nurse so no confusion or difficulty. We found that for a reqular straw the thinner the better simply because he got too much out of the thick straws, but the spill resistant straw cups he has had no issues with any of the sizes. It is super convenient for you too because if you are ever out and forgot a cup you can find a straw pretty much anywhere. I would go for the straw right away, that is the advice I tell all my BF friends

Lauren - posted on 01/22/2011

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I like the Born Free sippies. My daughters both started using sippy cups around 7 months old and preferred them to bottles. We used the Born Free at first and then went straight to take'n'toss cheapie cups when she figured out how to use them. Still nursing with no problems!

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Kristin - posted on 02/01/2011

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We use the Avent sippies and the sport things a bit later. I like that the spout starts off for non-teethers and then you can change it over to the teething kind. Neither spout is hard plastic; rubbery (white) and harder rubber (green). There is a valve thing that you can remove to allow it to flow freely or leave on (for wandering about living areas) so it doesn't drip. It might take a little experimenting. It might help to let him hold a couple at the store to see if there is one that gets his attention. Good luck.

Nina - posted on 01/28/2011

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my bubba's 6 months and i'm training her to drink from an open cup. it's easier, she has learned to sip now and we're working on her steadily holding the cup. with a sippy spout, she would just bite the thing and not drink. i think sippy spout is good transition from teats (bottle), though.

Sarh - posted on 01/28/2011

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Thanks. I don't want to wean until he is 12m. He's only 7.5 right now. But he crawls or walks (around the furniture) to get to me and it's like he just wanted a drink.
I'm sure weaning him is not going to help me get much done because he is most likely still going to be a huge momma's boy.

Abby - posted on 01/28/2011

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I have a pretty clingy son as well. I know it can be tricky. I guess what I'd say about his wanting to bf is that maybe you could limit it to once in the morning and once at night. Tell him that during the day it's time for the sippy cup. He might not like that much, but if you are ready to ween him (seems like you are?) then I say YOU are the one that gets to call the shots. I breast fed my twins, and it really wasn't a hard transition. Good luck! And hang in there! :)

Sarh - posted on 01/28/2011

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Abby, I know exactly which ones you are talking about! I used those with my daughter. She has like every different cup on the market 5yrs ago, thankfully she wasn't picky. haha.


I've been trying to get him to "drink" some water out of a straw, but he just chews on it. If I let some of the water come out of the straw he spits it or lets it fall out of his mouth.
Even if I leave him with breastmilk from a bottle when he is with grandma he will wait and act perfectly happy until I walk in the door then it's like he is starving. He only wants to breast feed from me. He is a severe momma's boy!! I can't even walk out of his sight. I put him down in the dinning room w/all of his toys and he comes right into the living room by me and just walks around the coffee table. I know that is sort of off topic, but I don't know what to do to get him to take a sippy and stop being so reliant on my boobs! haha. Any suggestions?

Abby - posted on 01/28/2011

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These are hard to find now, but I think the best sippy cups are the ones with free flowing lids. Most of them are made to prevent spills so the children really have to suck on them to make them work, but what the cup should do is help children transition to using a cup. The free flowing ones can be found (sometimes) at a grocery store. They are just regular, small, plastic cups with a clear plastic lid that has the open topped sippy. Without a picture it's hard to describe. Basically, if you find one that doesn't require sucking, just tilting, you'll be set. No need to worry about a soft sippy. Hope that helps!

Madilyn - posted on 01/27/2011

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I started with a NUK sippy and found the Munchkin sippy and the Pampers Stages sippy to be similar. My son would not take a Nuby sippy and it encourages the child to chew on it to get the liquid out so I was against it anyways. I let my son use sippys for only a few months until I transitioned him to a regular cup. If I could do it over I would skip the sippy entirely and just go straight to the regular cup, he does very well with it since 18mo (20 mo now) he even puts it on the counter when he is done. I only give him water in cups he gets his other fluids from breastfeeding

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my lil girl will only use the avent sippy cup that has removable handles we have tried 3 others the nipple on this is more flat and is soft

Sarh - posted on 01/25/2011

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Yea the Nuby Gripper Sippy is what I used with my daughter, she also had the straw cup and the hard tipped cups... she was not picky at all! She was so easy!

Michelle - posted on 01/24/2011

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My daughter refused bottles and is still bf when im not at work as she now has no choice but the bottle butwe gave her a hard tpped sippy cup she didnt no wat to do and now shes a little pro

Samantha - posted on 01/24/2011

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My daughter only likes the Gerber sippys with the soft spout. They have a removable one way valve to control the flow of liquid. At first, I did not put the valve in that way she figured out stuff came out of it. As she got used to it, I put the valve in. There were a few times we had to use the second cup to show her we had to suck. She got it down in no time!

Carol - posted on 01/24/2011

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My baby liked Nuby soft sippy cups, and now she is using a soft straw cup. No matter what kind of cup you use, give the baby some time to figure it out and show and explain how to use it. They eventually get it. I don't want to be cleaning up messes all day so I do not try open cups yet. I am sure my girl will be ready at some point. Handels are good and some sippy cups have to option to use them with/without handles.

Harmony - posted on 01/23/2011

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My daughter is 7 months old and we use the Nuby sippy cups with the silicone spouts. They have the two handles on the sides so it is easy for her to grab. She likes the nipple because it is easy for her to suck on and she likes to chew on it too (she is teething). I am not a fan of the staw cups for two reasons: (1) I haven't found any with handles so they are harder for the younger kids to hold (2) your child doesn't tip them up to get he liquid out, which can be harder to transition them to a regular cup later on because of this. I have taught preschool for several years and I have seen many kids that drink out of the straw cups have a hard time when they try to drink out of regular cups (It is not impossible, it is just a bigger learning curve, but it is strictly my opinion). Hope this helps

Merry - posted on 01/23/2011

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Tip it up with the water in and dribble it in until he sucks! He should get it if you show him there's water in it :)

Sarh - posted on 01/23/2011

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Thanks ladies! Cade seems to like chewing on my straws rather then anything else. I'll try giving him some water through one and how it goes.

Stephanie - posted on 01/23/2011

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My baby is 7.5 months old, and he is exclusively breastfed and doesn't take bottles (bottle refusal). I was also looking for a sippy cup for him and have tried the Nuby Straw Cup, Tommee Tippee Discovera Cup, and the Pigeon Mag Mag Cup with interchangable Sprout and Straw attachments. For us, the Pigeon Sprout Cup works the most effectively and seem to be the closest to breastfeeding, as I see my son's tongue movements being very similiar to breastfeeding when he drinks from the sprout cup. The cup has a soft silicon sprout, and it is also leak proof which is a bonus!

I have also heard that breastfed babies find it easier to transition straight onto a straw cup, however, that didn't work for us. I tried teaching my son to drink out of a straw, but he ends up chewing the straw rather than sucking the water up!!! All the best, and I look forward to hearing what worked for you!

Alexandria - posted on 01/22/2011

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I think I tried every sippy in the book and the only thing I could get my daughter to drink from were the take n toss with the straws. She's been using a straw since six months and we've never had any issues.. To this day she still can't really use a supply properly.

Merry - posted on 01/22/2011

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Oh i didn't read the other comments first! Yes Eric used a traditional restaurant plastic straw by 5 months!
And he hasn't ever used a sippy cup before which is nice cuz he isn't tempted to steal other kids cups!

Merry - posted on 01/22/2011

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Hi sarh! I was told that the straw cups were the closest to the suck of breastfeeding. The type of muscles used to breastfeed is most similar to the suck from a straw.
We bought Eric his first cups which were straw ones, they had no spill straw and he has used only those this whole time!
We fought him to use a plastic straw at about 5 months by holding some water in it and holding it in his mouth until he sucked, then releasing some water when he sucked. Then once he knew to suck the straw we tried it in a cup of water and after a few tries he figured out how to suck at that angle. That was it!
Then we bought the cups and he could use it from day 1.
If you go to walmart, target, etc they usually have two types of straw cups, the ones with thin straws, and the no spill ones with thick stubby straws. We got the thick ones cuz I figured nipples are thicker so those might be easiest and we are happy with them.

Sarh - posted on 01/22/2011

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He'll be able to figure out a straw at 7m?
I want to use a straw cup, but I figured I'd need to start with a soft tipped sippy first.

Rachael - posted on 01/22/2011

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breast fed babies have better luck with straw cups than sippy cups. also, an added benefit of a straw is you don't have to wean the little one from it later.

Megan - posted on 01/17/2011

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my daughter takes the playtex sippy with two handles i just show her to suck and make the noise and off she goes!

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I like Nuby cups that have silicone lids. I'm not sure if they are like a breast exactly, but when the baby compresses the spout the liquid comes out and they learn pretty quickly how to drink from them. Here's a link to a review: http://mommy-tested.com/blog/?p=57

Shontelle - posted on 01/17/2011

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i use a sippy cup with a soft teat as my daughter uses her tounge like she does on the breast i got the 1 for her age group with the non spill teats on them

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