switching from bottle to sippie cup ?

Sarah - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is a year and 3 1/2 months . i thought this would be a good time to get him off the bottle its been 3 days i give him his sippie during the day and his bottle at night. he has done ok till today. he is crying for his bottle.. and i gave in.. has anyone switched there lil one yet? am i doing it to soon??

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Amy - posted on 04/05/2010

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My daughter is 15 months old and i gradually took 1 bottle away and replaced it with milk or water in a sippy cup, we are now down to just 1 bottle at night before bed and its working out fine. try different kinds of sippy cups im sure there is 1 that he may like good luck

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Hi Sarah! My son didn't respond so well to losing the morning and night-time bottle and I didn't have the heart to take them away completely when he refused his sippy. Someone recommended trying a straw cup for milk only and it worked like a charm! Done with bottles in 2 days and he's been bottle free for 2 months now =) Good luck!

Emily - posted on 04/02/2010

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I started giving my son sippie cups when he was around 6 months, he's now 15 months. Since he turned 1 he has been only havin a bottle before bed. Now over the last few days he hasn't been wanting it. I found it really depends on the child and what they're comfortable with. I know when he wasn't feeling well he wanted the bottle during the day and I gave in but know he's giving it up on his own.

Ricki - posted on 03/31/2010

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My 15 month old was very difficult to switch over also. It took about 5 or 6 different sippy cups (they make them so cheap now, btw, most of them leaked) to finally find one she would accept. Find one that has a nipple similar to her bottle nipple but different enough to make the next transition easier. Once she seems to accept that one, put a sippie cup top on it. I started her on one of the brands that has the 3 tops in it--the bottle-like nipple (it's in the middle of the top), the sippie cup top (on the edge) and the straw top. Also, make sure not to put her on the hard ones too soon. You know, the one's made out of the hard plastic (like the regular, older baby sippie cups) but use the soft latexy ones. When she's completely used to the sippie cup, then use the harder, yet still flexible ones. Wow, I'm confusing myself!!
Nuby makes the sippy cup with 3 tops. Then we switched her to Avent training cup with handles. The spout was softer but still hard enough for her to chew on.
I know this seems all over the place, and I apologize, but I tend to forget things if I don't spout them out! I hope this somehow helps you. My youngest has been way more difficult than my oldest. On her 1st birthday, I took away her bottles and went right to a soft spout sippy cup and regular milk, and we never looked back. My youngest..it took almost 2 months for her to finally get the hang of it. But now, we only use the Playtex sippy cups with a narrow spout. They're the only ones that we've found not to leak.
Good luck!!

Ivonne - posted on 03/30/2010

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I started giving my son a sippie cup around 6-7 months but mainly to give him water or juice. His milk was still in the bottle. Then when I saw he got the hang of drinking out of it, I switched him completely to sippie cups. I would say around 7-8 months, he wasnt using a bottle anymore.

Cara - posted on 03/30/2010

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i have just started with my boy..im still givin him his b/time bottle but his mornin one has gone n im tryin with the lunch one now...he still screams for them though. its not easy but i am thinking of just taking them all away (even though i feel bad) i just gotta fing the right sippi cup=) good luck

Amanda - posted on 03/30/2010

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Hi Sarah. I took my daughter off the bottle when she turned one. I packed up all of her bottles and replaced them with sippy cups similar to her bottle. She did great!! I was worried about her wanting her bottle, but she didn't seem to miss it. Every child is different, but my advice is to pack up the bottles and only give him sippy cups. Hope this helps. Good luck!!!

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