Does your baby refuse sippy cups?

Heather - posted on 08/10/2010 ( 42 moms have responded )

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I have been trying for a couple of months to get my daughter to drink from a sippy cup. She did it maybe 2x. She just chews on the spout, then gets frustrated and turns her head. She will drink out of the "sports" cups that have the sylicone straw probably because it is most like a bottle. Any suggestions on how to get her to drink out of one? Any certain brands or kinds that worked wonders? Thanks for any help.

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Kimberly - posted on 08/18/2010

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my son will not drink his formula out of the sippy cup, but he will drink juice or water. He is almost a year old and still gets 3 bottles a day. When we switch to milk, we will throw away the bottles and only give him the sippy cup. Try giving her juice or water in the cup and see if that helps :)

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Kristine - posted on 08/24/2010

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My foster son born 9/28/09 has been drinking from a sippy cup since he was 9 months. I started giving it to him at 5 months while he was in his highchair w/ just water in it. I love the NUK 6-18 month cups.

Heather - posted on 08/24/2010

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my daughter is going to be 1 on 9/5 too!! we are off the bottle and on the nuby, luv it!!

Kourtnay - posted on 08/24/2010

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my son will be 1 on 9-5 an he drinks from straws, so i bought a sippy that is a straw it does not spill but is easy to drink from he loves it, i found that the soft top sippys were a major mess an aberum even figured how to get the top off so thats my sugesstion. i hope i can help

Heather - posted on 08/22/2010

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My son was on the bottle too long so I just put muy daughter on the nubby at 11 months and we never looked back!!!

Clare - posted on 08/22/2010

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Why don't you go straight to a plastic cup. My daughter refused all types until I tried a normal cup. It was an expensive process but now she drinks from a plastic glass/cup. The doidy cup is good- a slanted cup with handles.
Good luck. x

Christina - posted on 08/22/2010

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Munchkin brand makes cups with straws that are spill proof. Maybe you should try one of those. They are great, my daughter loves hers.

Angie - posted on 08/22/2010

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My son drinks from his sippy cup, but only sometimes. It's got a soft nipple. Most of the time he chews the nipple and when he's eating solid foods, will drink more from the cup to wash down his food. But after nursing him, he will refuse the cup. I'm trying to wean him, so I feed him milk from his cup more and more often, but he still prefers the taste of my milk. I think partly, it depends on what is in the cup and some babies just prefer a bottle, or mommy.

Heather - posted on 08/21/2010

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My son has been drinking from a sippy cup since 8 months. Both of them are NUK. He has a small one for Water and a bigger one for milk. It took a little trying with the water one, but once he got thirsty enough he finally took it and once he started he didn't really care what his milk came in as long as he got it. :) It just had to come out in a timely fashion. If it took too long he gave up. NUK is good. :)

Jen - posted on 08/21/2010

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My son is struggling with the sippy cups too. He definately seemed more open to the sippy cup before we weened. Now I'm trying all different kinds of sippy cups. He seems to like to drink right out of the cup so we are trying sippy cups that aren't spill proof that are more like the drinking motion. I've recently bought the Tilty cups. He seems to like these so I'm going to keep offering them to him. Good luck!!

Amie - posted on 08/21/2010

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My daughter (11 months) didn't really like sippy cups either. At first we tried the hard plastic ones and she couldn't get the hang of it. We then bought one with handles and a silicon spout. At first she would just bite the spout and water would trickle out, but she soon figured out how to suck on it and get water. Just this past week her silicon sippy cup was dirty so I got out a hard plastic one. She picked it up, tipped it up, and started drinking like she had been doing it for years. Just keep offering the sippy cups to him and eventually (when he is ready) he will drink from them like a pro! I think it is best to use ones with out a stopper in them. It makes for a bigger mess, but it is easier for them to learn.

Samantha - posted on 08/20/2010

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hi, i also use a straw style cup, started with the nuby straw but took a sip one day and all i could taste was plastic! very gross, so i moved to a dutch brand called difrax (think you can buy online) hard to suck but my health visitor said thats actually good cus if you try to drink from a teat they have to work so this is actually similar and gives them that sucking reflex which they still need from a bottle. my daughter was also only on the straw cup as she refused all soft spouts and from 6 months she was on a straw. i kept one in the nappy bag for if we were out and i forgot her cup. what she did take to a bit was a hard spout sippy but with the valve removed. we only gave her that at meal times as otherwise she was soaked!

Ashlea - posted on 08/19/2010

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My son is 11 months old and has been ONLY drinking out of a sippy cup for probably close to two months now. It took a few tries to figure out which sippy cup and would drink from. He will drink from the Nuby Gripper cup. Here they are on amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000ZPM...
TRY THIS ONE! He loves it. It seemed like when I tried other cups he would take a drink and scream. I dunno if it's because the top of the cup made his teeth hurt because he's been teething for a while now. I love these cups. You can also buy them at Walmart for $1.92

Lynn - posted on 08/19/2010

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Its easy just start her off with the small 3 holes one n she will get used to using it..

Jamie - posted on 08/19/2010

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My daughter is fussy about sippy cups too, she's a breastfed baby, I've heard that this can be the case. She has been drinking out of regular cups, with our help, since about 6 months, she prefers that way actually. We got the use and toss cups with sippy lids at BabysRUs and she likes those, although it can be heavy for her. My friend breastfed until 18 mos and her daughter never used a sippy cup at all, my mom recently told me that my sister and I never used sippy cups but went straight from the bottle (we were formula babies) to regular cups.

Briana - posted on 08/19/2010

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My son Zachary just took to a sippy cup. He has five total and he only uses one. What I did first was I would take a straw and dip it into my drink and hold the top, then I'd put the straw into Zachary's mouth and let him get the small amount of liquid from the bottom of the straw. Water is best to use because it will spill. But doing this got him used to drinking fluids from something other than a bottle. We also let him sip from the rim of our own glass. Anything mommy does is interesting and he wanted to try it. Again it makes a mess. But doing these two things really helped him want to explore other options other than his bottle. And everyday I would place a sippy cup down in front of him, i'd even put it in his hands and guide it to his mouth to show him how. It took him awhile but he's finally got the hang of it. But out of the five he only likes one of his cups. I keep offering the others but he won't use them. I only put water in his cup, juice and milk will remain in the bottle till he no longer has spills. So try different cups, offer them frequently and she will eventually get the hang of one. By the way my son hates the "sports" style cup. Try one with handles on either side thats short and has a big plastic spout that allows a small amount of drink to come out. It will be easy for her to grab, she will chew on the end at first, but she will figure it out. Good Luck, and don't worry too much, if the bottle comforts her just let her have it. There will come a time when she wants a big girl cup.

Veronica - posted on 08/19/2010

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One of my twins enjoy drinking water in a cup, if you put it in a bottle she doesn't want to drink. The other one doesn't like cups at all. she prefers bottles only.

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There's really no need to force a sippy cup. Try a straw cup. Order her a water at a restaurant and work with her there. My daughter drinks out of a straw and a regular cup all the time... she never used a sippy cup. The regular cup is still a little messy, but it's great for her to learn early.

Jill - posted on 08/17/2010

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I had the same problem for so long, I thought it was hopeless. Then I tried using a sippy cup when she was hungry and when she would normally be taking a bottle, holding her in that same position and feeding her that way. She took it no problem.

Cheryl - posted on 08/17/2010

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my daughter was the same way...i bought her a nuby transition bottle I used the bottle nipple for about a week then put the sippy cup nipple on it and she started drinking from it and after about a couple of week she is drinking out of different sippy cups

Heather - posted on 08/16/2010

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Thank you to everybody for sharing their personal stories and suggestion. They were extremely helpful and encouraging! Guess I am off to the store for some different cups to try :)

User - posted on 08/15/2010

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Jayson has been using a cup since he was 9 months old......When we went to his 9 month well baby the Dr. told me to get him off the bottle asap......He said the sooner I did it the easier it would be.....I went and bought a cup that day and that is all Jayson has used since.......We started with a Tommee Tippee brand cup.....It is small and light weight......It's only 4 oz....but it was great for his little hands.....and the spout is very narrow.....and it takes less suction to get the liquid out.....hope this helps :)

Francine - posted on 08/14/2010

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Woo Hoo!!! I finally managed to get mine to drink out of her sippy cup!!! I am so pleased :-D

We have one of the straw style sippy cups. We have been drinking from straws in front of her, and the other day I gave her a bit of my smoothie out of my straw. Then, yesterday, I gave her the cup again. She emptied it once and then drank half of it again.

So proud :-D

Micaela - posted on 08/14/2010

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We use the soft teat ones that Nuby makes, they're the only ones I could ever get my kids to take, probably because it was soft like a normal bottle and not hard to get the liquid out of.

We started pretty early on around 6 months when he could hold a cup by himself, and now he'll drink out of the harder spout ones as well. He hates the straws though. Just keep persevering. You could also use a bit of watered down OJ as a starter to get them actually interested, some kids find water pretty bland and that's why they don't want to try.

Stacy - posted on 08/14/2010

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My son had a hard time adapting to a sippy cup, I got him to drink from a straw and then bought the cup with a straw in it and he loves it

Janna - posted on 08/14/2010

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My daugher was the same way but she is now 11 months old & has been off the bottle for about a month. The only cup she likes is the beginner cup by Muchkin. It has a soft silicone spout like a bottle. Good Luck!!!!

Jodie - posted on 08/14/2010

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I was just wandering if you were all using the non spill sippy cups? | find that my little boy finds it hard to use the cups with the non spill valve in, but i started on a free flow sippy cup and he was a star with it from the get go, because he had to control it himself, when we go out i use the non spilll cups, but whle at home we use the free flow, he drinks really well now, he cant quite tip it up all the way and i still have to help a little bit but he is getting there, i use the Avent 12mnth sippy cups with the handles on the side and just take the valve in and out of it. Hope it helps a bit.

Christy - posted on 08/13/2010

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I started my daughter on the Playtex brand cups with a "soft spout, (it really does not seem all that soft.... but it is tapered off, not so square) and it did not go over well. Then I tried the "nubby" brand with the silicone spout, and it worked for a while, but I only used it for water (made it "different than the bottle). After a while she started just chewing on it so I put it away for a bit. We went back to the Playtex brand cups about a month ago and I would fill them all the way up, she would not tip them, I figured that she may not "understand" what the point was, and filling it all the way up made it more understandable, as she did not have to tip it too far to get water out of it. I still only used water (she loves water out of a regular cup). We recently started putting formula in her cup and she is doing just fine with it.

Now we are working on turning it over when she gets it upside down....

Good luck to all!

Melissa - posted on 08/13/2010

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I just started my daughter on sip cups myself. She never did learn to hold her own bottle yet. So, I figured this may be a bit of a challenge. I have so many different kinds of sip cups. I've been trying the Nubby sip cups most of the time. They have a soft spout that is like a nipple from a bottle. One great thing about them is they don't leak when the baby turns them upside down. She plays with it, but doesn't drink too much from it either. She doesn't seem to understand that she needs to tilt the cup to get the juice. I tried the Nubby version with the straw today and she didn't seem to know how to use a straw. I'm going to keep trying through. I do recommend the Nubby brand sippy cups. They have something else I will try tomorrow. It looks like a bottle and has a nipple, but it has handles on the side for her to hold it herself. The package says it great for transition from a bottle to a sip cup. I also think it just takes a little time. I keep encouraging her and I try it at least once a day to show her how it works. I also just put a little juice in the cup and set it by her toys. I figure if she gets thirsty enough she'll do it.

Patricia - posted on 08/13/2010

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I had trouble with my son and sippy cups as well. He would drink from it once, then every other time refuse.
I bought a few different ones, but he kept acting the same for all of them. I put them away for a month or two, then tried one day again, and he just took it like he had been using it the whole time.

Maybe it's just one of those things. When they are ready they will, until then we just have to be patient.

Leah - posted on 08/12/2010

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my son wont drink out of sippy cups...he will only drink out of cups with straws..he can drink out of sippy cups but i think he hate all the work he has to put into it...he hated bottles as well...after i quit nursin it's like it was straight to the straw...

Kathy - posted on 08/12/2010

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we got the nubby ones, they don't leak, till you rip the valve (oops) I started out just putting a little in it, holding her and showing her how, then putting it with her on the floor and letting her play with it. Now she can drink out of it no problem... Dunno if it will work for you or not but its worth a try

Noreen - posted on 08/12/2010

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A friend of mine has had the same frustrations as you. She would give her daughter a sippy cup and her daughter would throw a fit everytime until one day when my friend picked up the sippy and tried to get a drink out herself and and couldn't! So, maybe its too hard to get a drink??

Abby has never drank out of sippy yet. She's never had a bottle and even when she's stolen someone else sippy cup, she didn't know to tip it up, she tries to suck out of them like a straw. So, we are going to skip bottles and now sippy cups and go straight to the straw cups. She can suck out of a straw REALLY good. Apparently it is common for breastfed only babies to not know how to tip sippy cups.

Lon - posted on 08/12/2010

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My 11 month old doesn't like sippy cups either. But he will drink out of a straw so I got him the no spill straw cups and he does great with that. We would drink from straws around him a lot and after 3 try's he got it.

Kandace - posted on 08/12/2010

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Heather i have the same problem with my son he completely refuses to take the sippy cup and he has a sports one with a stram and he just hasnt gotten to understand to suck from the straw. but once you find something that works please let me know cause i am wanting my son off of the bottle and drinking from a sippie....thanks

Francine - posted on 08/11/2010

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I have the same problem!!! I have one with a straw, which she will sometimes use. Day care have one with a spout on top of a bottle, and she seems to drink a little from that. But really, she simply plays with it. She will drink from my water bottle, or from a real cup. I am keeping an eye on this one myself to see if people have good suggestions that I can use :-)

Candice - posted on 08/11/2010

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when i first gave my son a sippy cup he just chewed on it...but i just kept giving it to him till he figured it out himself..he drinks out of it all the time now..he hates the bottle tho which might be a bit of a problem once i wean him off the boob

Kelly - posted on 08/11/2010

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My first son didn't drink out of a sippy cup till he was almost two, but we had luck with the cups with straws. We had one that went from the soft spout sippy cup to the straw, and after a couple of goes with the sippy cup gave up on it, put in the straw and that was it. Sippy cups only ever entered in as a novelty factor, even though he was off bottles by 1. We've had more luck with sippy cups with our second son. Took us awhile to find a good one, and it was a pretty expensive process. But we use Tommee Tippee soft spot sipper cups. There are a one piece design on top (with a removable valve underneath) and despite being non-leak are very easy to drink out of (I've struggled with some of the other brands). I don't know the specific names of these ones as I know Tommee Tippee have a large range, but the ones with the good lid come in two sizes, one from 4 months (which has measures on the side so can be used with formula) and one from six months. We also have a couple of different Nuby ones which he likes, but they all share a common problem of collapsing in on themselves, so he's forever complaining to me to fix them.

Aicha - posted on 08/10/2010

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my daughter refuses to drink from a sippy but she will drink out of a regular cup also she will drink out of a water bottle the type you buy bottled water in

Angie - posted on 08/10/2010

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my daugher is 11 months and will drink from a sippy cup but not very often...my cousin gave me a nuk sippy cup that has a chewy top like a bottle..i havent tried it yet since i just got it but it may be something your child would like

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