too early for a sippy cup?

Malina - posted on 09/12/2010 ( 25 moms have responded )

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my son will be 8 months on the 20th. my older sister who is pregnant with her 2nd says it's too early. my son will only drink liquids if its from my breasts or from a water bottle. he refuses his bottle. is that a sign that he's ready for a sippy cup?

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Amanda - posted on 10/02/2010

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well, my son is now 8 months old and he has been using a sippy cup since he was almost 6 months old. He still uses a bottle during nap times though. In his sippy cup, he likes apple juice and actually many other infant juices. Stores do have transitional sippys to help your baby move from bottle or breast to sippy cup. Your little guy will let you know when he is ready for the upgrade! :)

Angela - posted on 09/29/2010

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My daughter will be nine mn old tues. and she has been drinking from a sippy since she was 5mn old. I gave it to her just to see if she could do it and she did pretty good, I took the thing on the inside out that keeps it from leaking the first time and when she realized she could drink out of it there were no stopping her. She drinks evrything out of it, I have recently satrted using those sippy cupps with the starws and Im fixing to start weaning her from the bottle

Dorothy - posted on 09/28/2010

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my 8.5 mth old has been using her sippy cup for 3weeks to drink water, oj and apple juice. I say give it ago, cant hurt. There are a wide range of different types of sippy cups as well as stages so your more than likely going to find one your lil man likes. Hope this helps.

Kelley - posted on 09/26/2010

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We started letting my daughter (who was 8 months on the 9th) have a sippy cup probably 2 months ago or so. I hadn't really thought to do it yet, but she got ahold of my older child's cup (which had lemonade in it!) and picked it up and drank right out of it (I could tell she got it by the face she made!), so I figured she must be ready. All I've given her in a sippy cup so far is water.

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I started to introduce a sippy cup only with her solid meals meals at 7 months old. I give her a small amount of water--she is just now really getting the hang of it (she's 8 months now). She is still breastfed most of the day. When I work she takes a bottle really well, however. I don't see why it would be a problem. If he drinks well from the sippy cup and is getting the milk he needs, why not? Good luck girl!

Dionne - posted on 09/24/2010

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Madison turned 8 months on the 21st and she is slowly taking apple juice from her sippy cup now. I tried last month but she just liked to play with it then :)

Christina - posted on 09/24/2010

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My daughter was doing the same thing and we've had her drinking from a sippy cup since she was 5 months old. If it feels right to you and he'll drink from it then do it.

Cathy - posted on 09/23/2010

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If he's not used to the bottle at this point - skip it. Go straight to the sippy cup. You can introduce a cup as early as 6 months. Skip the juice, though - the sugar (even in 100% juices) is not good for their teeth, and just isn't necessary at this age. You can let him have a little water with a meal or some expressed breast milk. When first starting out, though I'd stick with water, so that you don't waste any breast milk. That stuff is precious! :) Good luck!

Natalie - posted on 09/23/2010

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I started my baby girl on a sippy before she was 6months. It took a little while but she caught on to it. We only put water in it, but she likes it at meal times. She thinks it is really fun to get to drink out of a straw. This is great entertainment when we eat out because most restaurants have a kids' cup with a straw and she can have some ice water in it. She just made 8 months.

Ashley - posted on 09/23/2010

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the best i've tried are the NUK they run about $7 per cup but they don't leak and are best for the developing mouth plus they're made in germany not china like most brands :)

Ashley - posted on 09/23/2010

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my son is8 months and has mastered the sippy think their supposed to be bottle free by 12 months that's only 4 months from now it's easier to ween them off gradually then cold turkey

Heather - posted on 09/22/2010

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Its never to early to start a sippy cup. Some baby wont take bottles and go straight to sippys. My oldest son was on a sippy cup only at 9 months old. I hope that my other son will be too.

Kelsey - posted on 09/22/2010

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I don't know about signs but i started my daughter with a sippy around six months, only about 2-4 oz a day and she does great with it and from what i have read babies are suppose to be off bottles around a year and I wanted to make it as easy of a transition as possible.

Samantha - posted on 09/22/2010

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I've always heard that it's ok to add juice to your babies diet at 6 months and to only give it in a sippy cup. You should mix it half and half with water. This makes them want the sippy cup because the juice is sweet and different and the only way they can get it is in the sippy cup. Then each month swap out one bottle for a cup of formula or one feeding with a cup of breat milk until by 12 months they have been gradually weened. So by 8 months most babies will take 1 cup of juice and 1 or 2 cups of formula or breast milk a day.

Lindsey - posted on 09/21/2010

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We, too, started our daugther on a sippy cup at 6 months old. Just beware that he will probably just play with it for a while and will need help learning to use the sippy cup. With coaxing, Leigha is now using her sippy cup like a pro! A little note on brands... I'd stay away from Tommy Tippee... The little pieces that go inside are junk... We are really happy with playtex and gerber. Best of Luck!

Ciera - posted on 09/16/2010

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MY DOCTOR SAID USE THE CUP FOR JUICE BECAUSE THE NIPPLE WITH SUGAR CAN ROTTEN THE BABIES TEETH BEFORE THEY EVEN COME IN

Claudia - posted on 09/15/2010

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My daughter has had a sippy cup for water since she was 6months - she loves it...I don't think it is too early, she is 8 months now

Emily - posted on 09/14/2010

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It's definitely a good idea to start transitioning to something besides a bottle - they're not supposed to have bottles after a year. You don't want to be 100% sippy dependent, so try to let him drink out of regular cups when you can, and use sippys when you have concerns about spills.

Brittany - posted on 09/14/2010

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My son has been formula feed since3 hew was 1mth and he has been on nothing BUT a sippy since he was 6mths old (we asked the doctors first and they said if he takes to it the sooner we get him off the bottle the better!) he loves it he drinks his formula in it, water, and juice!! We give him a soft spill proof sippy most of the time but sometimes we give him juice in a hard sippy that isnt spill proof...Good luck!! (he will be 8mths on the 16th)

Tabby - posted on 09/13/2010

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I started my daughter on a sippy when she was 6 months... she's 7.5 months now and she only gets a bottle in the morning and at night the rest of the day she gets a sippy... I put formula, diluated juice, and water in them... she doesn't seem to care what's in it lol I have a baby book that says when babies start to lose interest in their bottles (fidgeting while eating, gumming the nipple instead of sucking, etc.) then they are ready for a sippy... I use the ones by Nuby that have a softer spout and seem to be easier for her to hold...

Alexis - posted on 09/13/2010

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Its not to early. Mine is 8months & we started a few weeks ago. Apple juice.

Sarah - posted on 09/12/2010

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my baby's doctor told me at 6 mo checkup to introduce the sippy cup with just water. there are sippy cups with soft spouts that are almost like bottles with a nipple. it is definitely not too early. mine will be 8 mo on the 15th and gets a couple of ounces of water from her sippy cup every day. and she usually gets too big a sip and gags herself and dribbles a little, but that is pretty normal. :-) hope this helps.

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