how to start your child on a sippy cup??

Alexis - posted on 08/26/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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my son, Kollin Brayden, was born on October 25th. I want to start him on a sippy cup and pull away from the bottle a little, but he can't seem to grasp the concept of the sippy. He just gets upset.

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Jennifer - posted on 09/05/2010

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My daughter, Born Oct 24, has been using a sippy cup since about 5 months. We went through 8 or 9 different cups before we discovered which ones she liked best. So far the Nuby cups are her favorite, and I had to move her to one of the Nuby sport sippers last week. She now refuses to use anything with handles, and I think it's because she pushes down on the handles instead of tipping it up. She used to prefer a straw to the cup, but recently she's refused a straw. I think the straw was easier at first as she's breastfed.



Don't give up if he refuses a cup or two. It could take a few to find the one he'll use.

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To be honest, I just left a sippy cup with water in it on the floor with all his other toys each day and he decided when he was ready to pick it up and play with it at first and then truely drink out of it. With no pressure ,he figured it out in a couple of days:-)

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Mary - posted on 09/20/2010

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my son was born the day before yours was and i just got him to start on the sippy cup the only way i was able to do so is by letting him watch me put soda or juice into it and then he would try the sippy. i had to get the sippy that has two handles and the kind that is similar to the bottle. the way you get the drink out of the sippy/bottle. he got upset at first and now he won't take the bottle unless he is ready for bed or laying down.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/20/2010

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Ok so here goes... both of my daughters were completely off the bottle at 6 months I used the Nuby sippy cups with the soft spouts and gave them juice in the sippy cup and only gave formula in the bottle... it gets them to want the juice and get use to the sippy cup then you just start putting formula or breast milk in the sippy and it's quick and painless I guess depending on how attached he is to the bottle.

Jennifer - posted on 09/19/2010

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I'm not that old, but I believe in a lot of old school ways. Try the Nuby sippy with the soft tip and use it with juice and water at first. Then when he is ready replace one bottle at a time. Start with replacing lunch bottle, then morning bottle, then night time bottle last. That's how my mom did me, I did my daughter, and now my son. It wont work until he's ready though.

Lela - posted on 09/09/2010

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My daughter Addison (October 7th) has the same problem. They are the Nuk's with the soft tip. She just bites on it to get the liquid out, but doesn't care much for it.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/09/2010

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I started my son, Lee, out on the soft tip sippy cups about at 6 months old. I am just now trying to transition him to the hard tip sippy cups because he is tearing the soft tip ones. The soft tip sippy cups from munchin are the BEST. The Nuk soft tip sippy cups leak horribly, but the munchin cups are a lot better and less leakage.

Vanessa - posted on 09/08/2010

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My son was born Oct. 13. I started him on the Nuby soft sippy. I would give him his formula, but I'd have to squeeze the tip so he could get milk in his mouth & start drinking! Lol. Once he got the hang of it, that's all he used. They just have to figure out there is something good waiting in the cup!!

Laura - posted on 09/07/2010

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My suggestion is use a sippy that has a straw or handles, they are a little easier i think to have them understand at first then bring in the normal ones when they have mastered the first two. good luck

Donna - posted on 09/06/2010

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just keep trying. my daughter was born october 21st and is just starting to get the concept of the sippy.I guess it helps that she has 2 older sisters and 2 older cousins that all drink from sippys and leave them lying around for her to just pick up and try. All I can say is just be casual with it and keep trying. he'll eventually get it

Wynsda - posted on 09/06/2010

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When Brooklynn turned 7 months, I went out & bought a soft spout sippy cup, filled it with her formula & jumped right in. She still gets bottles here & there, but she loves her sippy cup! (she took to it right away)

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My 1o month old is completely on sippy cups now. It is a big transition but it can be done. I first got her on sippy cups by putting water in the ones with a soft spout that feel like the nipples on the bottles. I gave her the sippy cup with water during meal times and had it by her while she was playing. She first would play with it then quickly learned how to use it. It was kind of a discovery thing for her. After getting used to the water from a sippy cup I started putting formula in it once a day, then twice a day and so on and it didn't take a lot of time before she was completely on sippy cups.

Jessica - posted on 09/06/2010

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my daugther learn to drink from a straw on her own one day so now she loves sippy cups with straws..you can try that!

Jennifer - posted on 09/05/2010

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the best cup is nuby they are like bottles and my little man born oct 9th has been using a sippy cup since june good luck

Cheryl - posted on 09/04/2010

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There are some really nice ones out. We started Zacharius on one a few months ago that had a silicone nipple like top and he took to it right away.

Alaina - posted on 09/04/2010

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My daughter refused to drink out of the cups that you have to tip up to drink from. We got her one with a straw and she started using it immediately and loves it.

Kimberly - posted on 08/28/2010

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My Daughter took to the soft spout one by Nuby. I just gave it to her and at first she just played with it and now she uses it after meals for water. We still do formula in a bottle because she tends to let the water dribble out of her mouth and all over her, lol It is more for practice.

Inonge Limpo - posted on 08/28/2010

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My son was born Oct 10 & i introduced a sippy cup at 6 months. In the beginning he used to chew & spit out but by time he got used to it, he loved it & wants to hold the cup on his own. I use both sippy & tit. Just be patient ur baby he will eventually like it & get used to it.

Leslie - posted on 08/27/2010

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The sippy cups where the baby has to tilt there head back to get a drink never work for my LO. I bought him a cup that had a straw attached and he knew exactly what to do the first time I gave it to him. It makes since that he would know how to use it since he is use to getting milk through suction out of my breast.

Emily - posted on 08/27/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter. I tried 3-4 different types of sippy cups (who knew there were so many dang kinds!!!??). Anyways, even though she couldn't figure out how to get anything out of it, I just kept giving it to her everyday and one day she just got it! I guess they need to be ready and every baby moves at their own pace!

Diana - posted on 08/26/2010

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Look at Walmart for Nuk cups. They have a soft spout and that is what I started Boden on. He started drinking from a sippy at 5 months and hasn't had a bottle since so it is really easy for them to figure out how to drink from them.

Dara - posted on 08/26/2010

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My little one would always just chew the sippy cup spout, and then I found those soft ones. They are a rubbery pliable spout, and she got it right away. She still doesn't get the hard ones though. It's made by Gerber.

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