How have you helped to transition baby to a sippy cup?

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My daughter is almost 14 months old and, while I don't really have too big of a problem with it, was told by the ped. that she needed to be totally on a sippy cup ASAP. She will drink out of one, but will not drink a bottles worth.

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Amanda - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter is almost 15 months and she does not like the sippy cups with the hard sippers (the part they put in their mouth). She will take a sip out of it and push it away. We have no problem at all with the sippy cups that have a silicone sipper. We use the Nuby brand sippy cups and we love them because they are the spill proof kind also. If you're using the hard kind, maybe that is the problem and why she won't take a whole bottles worth from it. We also don't necessarily try to get her to drink the whole thing at once either. We offer milk with her meals to try to get her to drink while eating and that also helps her get all of it down.

Mona - posted on 03/12/2010

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my son has been drinking wather from a normal glas since he was 6 months old. He never took the bottle or anything,? He has used the sippy cup since he was 7-8 months, so we dont have any challenge there:) Good luck!!

Kate - posted on 03/11/2010

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I found it depends on the sippy cup - I have about 7 different ones that failed! The one that worked was a twin pack nuby from big W - tall with no handles.They cost about $10 on special.Madi drains 240ml in about 2 mins flat.

Julie - posted on 03/10/2010

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I first transitioned Nolan from his formula to milk in the bottle and when I was just about done, I put it in a cup. It took about 3 days to get him totally off the bottle. Day one was bottle in am, sippy cup throughout the day and bottle at bedtime, Day two sippy cup all day and Bottle at bedtime. Day three only sippy cups. I think it helped that we never put anything other than formula in the bottles so when we put milk or water or watered down juice in the cup it was almost like a treat.

Telia - posted on 03/09/2010

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right before my daughter turned 1, she was completely off of the bottle. i started giving her a sippy cup at lunch and dinner when she was 5 months old. by the time she was 9 months old, she got a bottle at bedtime only and was drinking from a sippy cup, straw, and from a regular cup. before she turned 1, she was completely off of the bottle. when she turned 1, i had to get rid of all of the bottles from the house so no one else gave her one.

Katrina - posted on 03/02/2010

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i took my daughter off the bottle cold turkey. right around her 1st bday i just stopped giving her bottles and only gave her sippy cups. she had no problem with it. she took to the sippy cups right away. i started out with the rubbery spouted ones until she started chewing holes in them. now she only gets hard spout ones.

Marlana - posted on 03/02/2010

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I think the hardest part is finding a cup they will actually like...my daughter was like that at first until I found one that she would drink more out of...we probably tried 10 types before finding one she would actually drink out of all of the time

Audra - posted on 03/01/2010

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my son had the same deal they make a stage 2 formula for todlers it makes it easier for them to transion to a sippy and the best sippys are made by NUK they are very hard to find but they are worth the effort.try giving her a sipy more often like with every snack and meal they say 4 ounces about 5 times a day mostly milk but some juce makes it easier for them to potty.hope i helped ya some good luck :)

Myra - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son started off the same, very resistant to the change over to the sippy cup...I kept offering him the cup for every feeding and like most of you he would slap it away or throw it on the floor. The next day I decided to try a different approach about this, I know he loves the silicon nipples on his bottles so I thought if I tried a silicone based sippy cup maybe he would take it. Well, it worked!! That day we threw away all his bottles and were able to stock up on "big boy" cups. =)

Amanda - posted on 03/01/2010

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Katie I have some of the same issues with the grandparents and the dad just ignoring what you are trying to do. My daughter loves her sippy as long as they contain juice or water, but put milk in it and she refuses and cries and asks for babab....so we do the bottle in the morning and before bed and she still gets up at night so she gets one with water at that time...but she turned 14 months on the 23rd of Feb so Im hoping by the time her 15 mo gets here we will have triumphed! She never took to a paci and finding a bottle she liked was hard.

Melissa - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter will be 14 mos on Sat. She has been sippy cup since a y/o but still has a mrng, afternoon nap and night time bottle .. she does however like the cups with the built in straw best of all now!!

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Well, we had a successful weekend. She only had 4 bottles of milk and the rest in her sippy or a REGULAR cup! She is a genius! She will drink water or milk out of her cup, since that is how I introduced the sippy cup to her. I don't give her any juice, which works out because she doesn't really like it. So, I will give it a while until I take away another bottle and let her really get used to this new routine. I already have daycare following the same procedure, so hopefully they are actually doing it.

Katie - posted on 02/21/2010

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I am also having this problem. WIC suggested giving her a bottle with plain water in it and a cup with milk...low and behold, she took the bottle with the water and not the cup with the milk. She had a milk protein allergy that she grew out of, so the whole milk thing was not real difficult to start her on, but tricky enough cause it was totally a different texture for her. Now that she is almost 14 months I really need to get her off the bottle but that is mainly for my own piece of mind. Her ped said 16 months she would like to see her off of it completely as well as the paci, so hopefully the next month I can ween her off of the bottle. I have done the whole bottle in the am and pm thing, but milk in an actual cup is difficult when I am a full time employee and am not with her all the time. Plus, I love all the help I get from her father and grandparents by them watching her while I work, but I do not like how they totally don't understand the importance of getting her off of the bottle and paci. I try limiting paci use all of the time...oh wait. This is your question...haha...I hope that the water in the bottle thing works for you. Maybe it will...give it a try...

Julie - posted on 02/21/2010

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I tried Jamie on a sippy cup, but he has this wonderful (?) habit of tipping it upside down on his tray and finger painting with the contents...it goes into his food and all! So, for now, he's still on a bottle, but we're slowly introducing the cup with very small amounts of liquid. He's my third child, and I'm not worried too much about him not drinking from a cup yet, he will when he's good and ready. Sometimes it's better to listen to your instincts than those of 'professionals' who don't know your baby as well as you do.

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Thanks everyone! I tried the morning and night bottles yesterday and she did fine. I guess I will roll with this for a while and see what happens. She is a REAL picky and light eater, so I think this will be the best way to keep me confident that she is still getting what she needs. Thanks again!

Melissa - posted on 02/21/2010

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Well, what I have to do because my son is on Alimentum still is give him 2-3 bottles a day and the sipper for the rest of the day.. I think that a morning and night bottle is good to ensure that they are getting everything they need. Slowly take bottles through out the day away. I agree with Nora about the sippy cups with straws.. I use the gerber graduate one and I think that it is great! Good luck...!

Nora - posted on 02/19/2010

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My daughter hated the sippy cup at first. During our weaning process, she would cry and throw it at me or on the floor (LOL). But eventually, she gave in. I just kept offering, offering and offering. Lots of clapping and cheering when she would drink.
She was also a huge fan of Dora the explorer so i bought her a sippy with Dora on it. She loved it. There are also sippy cups with plastic built in straws, my daughter really like those as well.
Good luck!

Christy - posted on 02/19/2010

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my daughter is 14 months to she has been broke for about four months. it helped her aint and cousins are3 and they drink out of sippy cups so she was always taking theirs. It took about a week. Iwould give her a couple bottles then the rest sippy cups.I just kept lowering the number of times i gave her a bottle each day untill she was taking the sippy full time. of course every now and then she will try to drink her sisters bottle.

Jessica - posted on 02/19/2010

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the best thing i can suggest is put chocolate milk in the cup, put it in her mouth and make her taste at least a drop. once the does, she should drink it right away. also, only make her a bottle when she wakes up, and then before she goes to sleep. she will get thirsty enough during the day that she will start using the sippy cup whether she likes it or not. when she does break down and use it, it wont take long for her to like it. and one last thing, throw out all but one bottle and keep that one out of her sight. my daughter didnt have problems, she started using a sippy cup at 10 months. my nephew on the other hand, this is what we did with him, and 2 days later, he didnt want a bottle anymore because he felt like a big boy.

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