Any suggestion on how to get my daughter off the bottle??

Laura - posted on 04/16/2010 ( 48 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 13 months old and won't drink milk from sippie cups or cups. She loves drinking water from her sippie cups and cups and has for the last 3 plus months. I am trying to make the switch for at least her daytime bottles but its not working and she is actually drinking less liquids now because she is soooo mad about it. She is stubborn to say the least-lol Oh and she won't drink juice either. Help....

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Dawn - posted on 04/19/2010

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Milk in the sippy cup is a challenging transition because the sucking motion, the milk, and the combination of the bottle are all soothing and reminders of comfort and relaxation. Think of your morning coffee or evening tea. So, no matter what, try not to be so hard on yourself and possibly release the tension and struggle in your head about the bottle removal event. A couple of suggestions are put warm water in the bottle, or mix water/milk in the bottle, or use the Nuby sippy cup which has a similar "feel" to a nipple on a bottle, but just an FYI, a straw or eventually cup are much better for the oral motor development of your child. A sippy cup actually promotes the same forward tongue movement as a bottle, yet the sippy cups are less messy and more portable than a bottle for us moms. A straw/sippy cup would be ideal - the straw flips up out of the sippy cup. Also, you could try them, but typically, the harder tipped sippy cups may be perceived as a toy and the child might bite it instead of suck out of it due to its texture. Anyway, good luck, they all grow up so quickly, and I am sure that it will all work out, as it always does! Enjoy being a mom and acknowledge any small achievements that you make in this milestone. Even if she drinks out of the sippy cup and still wants her bottle, that is progress.

Jakita - posted on 04/25/2010

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My son was the same way and we were able to get him off his bottle in 1 day when he was 12 months old. He wouldn't drink milk from a sippy cup or cup ONLY from a bottle. As it turns out, in their little minds (and rightfully so because this is the only way they've gotten it), they think that milk only comes in bottles or from a breast, and you have to help them understand that it comes in other containers.

1st, you have to understand that if they are eating well, then them missing a day or two (or three) of milk while you make this transition won't hurt them. However, it took us a complete day to do it. Our son likes to drink milk when he's sleepy and we kept offering him the sippy cup that day and he would refuse it. He whined, he cried, he was miserable the whole day, but whenever he acted like he wanted milk, we only offered him the sippy cup. That night, when we put him to bed, he was desperate for milk, but he wouldn't take the cup, so we put him down with the sippy cup of milk (we did it this once to see what would happen). He cried for about 10 minutes and then stopped. About 10 minutes after that, my husband went upstairs to check on him and came back with an empty sippy cup of milk!! I guess my son figured, "well, looks like they're only gonna give me milk in this thing, and since I really want milk, I guess I'd better drink it out of here!"

Prior to that one day, we would try for about 5 hours during the day to give him a sippy cup and when he would refuse, we'd give in (because he was crying and whining) and give him the bottle. Turns out, it was us that was keeping him from switching over because we wouldn't stick with offering him the cup. We've never had any issue with giving him anything in a sippy cup or cup since that day.

Hope this helps!

Dawn - posted on 04/18/2010

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Have you tried a few different sippys, maybe try the straw ones?? Those seem like a hit with other babies and my son took right to it!! I would just stop giving her one of her bottles and then go down from there. I guess I was lucky because I thought it would be a fight but he never even seemed to notice the transition!!

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Ericka - posted on 05/21/2010

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Iker developed an addiction for tangerine and orange juice. So I used it. I gave him the juice in the sippy cup. Then started to change bottles to sippies if he drank three bottles a day, i started with one in sippy cup, next day two and finally all. Without making too much fuzz about it.

I also get rid of all bottles, so both Iker and I have no other choice but to use the sippy cup.

Amy - posted on 05/19/2010

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Randi,

I'm in the same boat. My little Gabby will drink out of her sippy cups when we are in public. She has a bottle of milk before naps and bed. This is a big no no at 15 months. I was ready to start weaning a little after she turned one. I talked to my mom about it. She raised 5 of us and numerous foster kids and was by far, the best mother EVER. We are all healthy. Her advice to me was to NOT take that private bottle from her. She told me that Gabby is still a baby despite all the pressure I will encounter to force her to grow up. And so, we play "big girl" when we are out and maintain her "happy baby" habits at home. I have decided to hold off on the transition, forget the guilt, and hang on to my baby a little longer. ;) Most importantly, Gabby is happy.

Randi - posted on 05/08/2010

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My son drinks water and juice out of a cup, however before his nap, at bedtime and still once in the middle of the night he takes a bottle of milk. I know I keep getting frowned on, and I know its bad for his teeth however he is so comforted and we have such a good thing going here that I am really hesitant to stop. The pressure to do so is great and I feel as though I want to continue and lie to those who ask. My MIL insists I continue however she had my husband on the bottle til 5 which is crazy so I dont know what Im gonna do yet! Anyone else feeling pressure but really dont want to transition yet??

Sheena - posted on 05/08/2010

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i was so afraid of that one.. my son is 15 months and has been off the bottle for about 4 months now.. we tried all different sippys finally i found one that was sort of similar to a bottle. it had the handles and a silicone nipple sort of.. then we just slowly got him onto the built in straw sippys and at first he was wanted to tip the straw ones back but we just kept pulling him forward until he got the hang of it. and now he is drinking out of a normal straw

Jennifer - posted on 05/07/2010

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In Kemps Low Fat chocolate milk for 8 oz there are 170 calories 2.5 grams of fat 28g of carbs and 26g of sugar. In pedisure Chocolate there is 237 calories 9 grams of fat 31g of carbs and an undisclosed amount of sugar. But please note PediSure is to be used under the watch of a doctor! If your child is eating all food groups and meeting nutritional requirements there is not a need for Pedisure, pedisure is for gaps in daily nutrient values, not just to give to give your child a treat because you are anti-chocolate milk and juice. In addition to that Hershey's Chocolate Syrup makes a sugar free version where it contains 15 calories, 5g of carbs AND IS SUGAR FREE per 2 TBSP serving size!

Jennifer - posted on 05/07/2010

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First of all for the Mom that shunned upon mother's that give their children chocolate milk.....look at the nutrition label! there is more calcium and nutrients in PACKAGED CHOCOLATE MILK WHICK IS USUALLY SKIM MILK......AND NOT WHOLE MILK.....WHICH IS FULL OF ADDITIONAL FATS, CARBS AND WASTELESS CALORIES! But being a diabetic you are ready knew that huh! That naturally there is a LOT of sugar in MILK PERIOD! Diabetics have to be careful on how much milk they consume because it can send thier sugar levels through the roof! My daughter has been off of the bottle for about 4 months and we are using the Nuby Sport cups. We purchased a bottle set when she was born that had a transition nipple (sippy cup) that we were able to attach to the bottle. we did that for 2 days and tossed the bottles and handed over the tippy cups! Milk is for Calcium, which can be supplemented! When your child is laying down at naptime or bedtime you should have only water in the bottle or the sippy to prevent Bottle Rot! It is a great thing that you Toddler is drinking water! Best hydration possible! There is not a supplement for that! In addition if your child is not drinking juice, dont fret about it! its just a sugar rush to them anyways!! and bad for their teeth! so to cure that whole mess feed your baby yogurt with fruits in them! My daughter doesnt like juice, and when she is stopped up a little but we give her a little bit of apple juice and magic! out comes the poo!

Heather - posted on 05/07/2010

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My daughter is 14 months as well and still takes the bottle for nap time and bedtime. She has no problem drinking out of a sippy cup, it's just when she is tired she wants that bottle! Does anyone have any advice for ways to get her to sleep without the bottle? Do I just put her down with a cup?

Crystal - posted on 04/30/2010

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Every Doctor is different. It was at my daughters 12 month appointment that I asked about chocolate milk, and the dr pretty much laughed at me and said, "your her mom and if you want her to have it then give it to her". He said in his professional opinion, "it wont hurt hurt her a bit to have it once and awhile". Its like a treat. And most of the time when I giver her chocolate milk, since it dosnt come in whole milk, I just put a small drop of syrup in her sippy and shake it a little, so there is just enough to give it a little flavor and barley change the color. But when we are out and about, she gets normal chocolate milk. There is nothing wrong with giving children treats, and I cant stand it when moms who think they know it all start challenging what other mothers do and criticize them!!

Ashlea - posted on 04/28/2010

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Hmm...I asked about giving my daughter chocolate milk just earlier today and I was yelled at and told absolutely NOT!!! And, my daughter is pushing 15 months old. As for juice I do give my daughter 4 oz. a day. She is also on 1 can of Pedia-Sure a day because she had poor weight gain!

Kimberly - posted on 04/28/2010

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my son has an occupational therepist and she suggested putting chocolate milk in the sippy cup that way she can still get her nutrients

Crystal - posted on 04/27/2010

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Its not bad to give your child chocolate milk, every doctor that I have ever talked to has said that its just as nutritious as white milk and in small quantities it is just fine!

Crystal - posted on 04/27/2010

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Well i didnt say give her just chocolate milk. I said that if thats they only way she will get calcium then try it!! And not everyone is diabetic and My daughters doctor and dietitian said that a small amount of fruit juice a day is just fine and so is chocolate milk!

Stephanie - posted on 04/27/2010

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We didn't put anything in bottles with my son except formula. To get him off the bottes we started diluting the formula big time and one by one switching out bottles for sippy cups...his last bottle we gave him just full of water and he threw it out of his crib...it took about 2 weeks to go through the whole process of it, but was pretty easy. From what I've heard from friends, they're having issues getting their babies off bottles because they put other liquids in the bottle. Try only giving her water or fomula in the bottle, make her work for the good stuff! Also, try different cups, I spent about $40 before we found ones our son actually liked!

Ashlea - posted on 04/27/2010

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Try the Nuby Sport bottle/cups. They work wonders with my daughter! They still offer the sucking motion for them but, it is a cup instead of a bottle!

Beth - posted on 04/26/2010

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I hope you get some good answers, because my 14 month old will not drink from a sippy cup at all. She is still drinking from bottles or making a mess from an open cup.

Becky - posted on 04/26/2010

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I know it sounds bad, but my son wouldn't drink out of the sippie cups either, my mom *who was a nurse* suggested I tried giving him chocolate milk and see if that worked... and it did... now he is drinking EVERY think out of the cups! He hasn't had chocolate milk since, but it did the trick!

Shanah Cheyenne - posted on 04/26/2010

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I'm a diabetic and can say that drinking 100% fruit juice is just as bad as if I sat down and ate sugar straight out of the package. Most drs recommend children shouldn't drink more than 4 ounces of juice a day for this reason. So even though chocolate milk may have the same amount of sugar as fruit juice - its still sugar. You're much better off to offer fresh fruit. My son likes the yogurt juice and the harvest juice made with carrots and really doesn't care for any other kind. I still even limit that to 4 ounces but I do give him straight yogurt or a chocolate pediasure or smart sip if he wants.

Crystal - posted on 04/26/2010

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I just went cold turkey with my daughter. I stopped daytime bottles right after her first birthday and she only had her bed time bottle. But just a month ago, I stopped giving it to her all together. My nephew on the other hand is 2 1/2 and just recently started drinking milk because he wouldnt drink it out of a cup. The Dr told my sister that as long as he was eating yogurt and other dairy products, then not to worry too much about the milk, but keep offering it. And eventually he drank it!! He also has down syndrome and is very headstrong and stubborn so it took much longer then most children would. But just from that experience, Id say what his Dr said, dont worry about it as long as they are getting their calcium in other forms. Even chocolate milk(a tiny bit of syrup mixed with whole milk) is great for them. Chocolate milk is just as nutritious as white milk and contrary to many beliefs, only has about the same amount of sugar as 100% fruit juice.

Jewel - posted on 04/26/2010

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I STARTED MY DAUGHTER ON TH SIPPY CUP AT AGE 9 AND BY 12 SHE LOVES HER CUP... TRY ONLY OFFERING HER THE CUP AT MEAL TIMES AND GRADUALLY INCREASE YOUR EFFORTS.

Shanah Cheyenne - posted on 04/26/2010

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my son loves his cups but he wont drink milk in them either! i just started taking away one bottle feeding a day. my pediatrician says he needs at least 16 oz but no more than 24 oz of milk a day. so i got down to two bottles a day - 8 to 10 oz feedings. we are now down to 1 bottle and i started giving him those nutrisips or nutripals drinks to supplement. i recently started mixing those half and half with milk in his sippy cup so hopefully the transition wont take much longer. i noticed that if he doesn't physically see his bottle, he easily does without. so now its just up to me to get rid of them. my worry though is that i will be having a new baby next month and there will be bottles. i will be breastfeeding but i already decided i want her to learn to take a bottle early so its not so hard when i wean. i plan to use breastmilk in the bottle so i can't get rid of them completely out of sight for adam. there are going to be many difficult adjustments to make with emily's arrival. im confident right now, i hope it stays that way. lol

Stacey - posted on 04/25/2010

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My girls didn't like the milk either. I just recently found if I add a little yogurt in with the milk, it adds a little flavor and the girls can't get enough of their sippy cups.

They can also be a little funny about the sippy cups. I have also gotten one with a sport spout. Those work well.

Cristal - posted on 04/24/2010

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When my daughter turned 11 months we tried the sippy cup and she wouldnt have it, so we got the cups with straws, and she has used those ever since. She loves drinking from a straw. Hope it helps

Kari - posted on 04/23/2010

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This happened with my son and the Doctor told me to take the bottle away completely and take away the option, he would drink from the cup if he got thirsty enough, so I did and by the end of the day he was drinking from a sippy. Guess he got thirsty! My daughter is now 14 months and I did the same thing with her and it was a piece of cake! They will be ok if they don't drink for a day they will if they get thirsty enough. I thought the doctor was crazy at first but it worked!

Stacey - posted on 04/23/2010

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I am in the same boat. I have tried at least 3 different types of sippy cups and she wont budge. Help!

Ashley - posted on 04/22/2010

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Oh also, my babysitter's little boy would drink milk fine from a bottle, but not from his sippy cups until she tried a different style of cup. He just didn't like the feel of that particular nipple in his mouth. Sometimes changing small things up makes a big difference. Variety is the spice of life!

Ashley - posted on 04/22/2010

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My daughter was the exact same way! I got her some of the straw sippy cups and now she will only drink milk out of those cups! They have ones that are spill-proof, I recommend those ones. Good luck!

Casey - posted on 04/22/2010

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I nursed my son till he was little over a year shame shame in some people eyes. He would drink from a sippie cup but the soft plastic nipples is what he wanted. It took me a long time to get him to the hard plastic. One day I gave him a sippie cup w the hard plastic without the white spill stopper and when he put it up to his mouth water came out, then he realized if he would suck on the cup he would get something out of it. Then after he got the hang of it i put the stopper back in. Now he's on the hard plastic tips and he won't drink out of the soft ones now! I'm so proud, but I realized through this, they will do certain things such as this on their own. No doctor or family can tell you where your child should be. Every child goes at their own pace. My son also didn't start crawling till he was 9 months. He however still isn't walking. He has taken serveral steps by himself, but I know in time he will be gone before i know it. I'm not complaining I know he is developing just as he should. I hope this helps.

Carrie - posted on 04/22/2010

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We went through this recently, too. My little guy would steal his big sister's sippy and drink from it, but if you tried to give him a drink in a sippy, he'd scream and want his bottle. Since I knew he could drink from the sippy just fine if he wanted to, I just picked a couple days that we didn't have to be anywhere and we had a battle of the wills. I made sure he was hydrated by giving him fluids often from a syringe, and giving him extra food and cheese to make up for the milk. By the middle of the second day he was drinking just fine from the sippy.

Ashlea - posted on 04/21/2010

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I never even thought to mention replacements! LOL...yes, you can supplement the amount of calcium needed through other sources. Cheese, yogurt, anything that requires milk to make it...dinner..etc. Just make sure your little one is getting plenty of fluids. Even with water..everything has water in it..vegetables, formula, whatever you make for dinner usually is made partly with water. But, as far as trying to get your child to take to a cup..try doing what I did...not everybody will agree with it..but, if it helps it is worth a shot. Give your child the cup with a tiny amount of water in it...let him play with it and explore it...if he shows interest..expand it...the next drink put just a tiny amount of sugar water on the sippy cup nipple..put it on his tongue and see how he reacts. Eventually within a couple of days he should be taking the cup with no problem.

Kellie - posted on 04/21/2010

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I am having the same problem! I have taken away the morning and lunch bottle and hoped my daughter would drink her formula or milk from a cup but she flatly refuses! Put water in the same cup and there's not a problem.. I rang Plunket and asked advice and they were quite helpful. We have opted to keep the "after dinner bottle for a while longer as it assures me she is getting 200mls of formula/milk a day. Plunket said that at this age the daily requirement of calcium should come from the equivalent of 2 cups of milk or formula - but they can be made up of other things- for instance a pottle of yogurt is equivalent to 1 cup of milk - plus cheese as a snack or grated over veges - as long as she is drinking lots of water - the nutrients from milk can be replaced with sensible food options until the get their head around milk in a cup.

Deanna - posted on 04/21/2010

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I'm in the same boat...I even tried mixing water but that hasn't worked yet...my daughter is 14 1/2 months and still taking 2 bottles a day...but taking in less milk because she will not drink it in the morning out of a cup..so she has none until the afternoon bottle..

Ashlea - posted on 04/21/2010

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My daughter is 14 months old and is still on the bottle for middle of the night wake ups. But, she has been on a cup since about 9 months. Although, I didn't give her an option between the bottle and cup...I did have to go through many different cups before we found one that worked for her. She drinks out of the Nuby Sport cups. We are in the process of switching to the hard nipple and that isn't any easier. I hope you find something that works for her soon.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/21/2010

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My daughter was gradually inroduced to Milk through a sippy cup. We weened her off of everything as of her first birthday. Once she had her big girl birthday party we threw all of her bottles away. We started to use a soft tipped sippy cup first. It is the most similer tip that she could have to a bottle. We had her on the "NUBY" brand bottles so the switch to their sippy cup was not difficult because they are so much alike.

Jessica - posted on 04/21/2010

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I had the same problem with both of my boys. We started using soft tip sippee cups that are the same softness as a baby bottle. We slowly introduced them and then gradually went on to harder cups. I hope that this helps you a little.

Kim - posted on 04/20/2010

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We had to take the spill proof thing out of all of my daughters sippy cups. It makes a little bit more of a mess but she can't drink out of cups with it in. I figure my parents never had spill proof cups and they made it through three kids so I can do it with one. I got her off the bottle completely at 9 months, so it was worth it for us. :)

Julie - posted on 04/20/2010

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I loved to find a way as well. My daughter is almost 15 months old and my pediatrician said she shouldn't have the bottle after she turns it but she won't drink out of a cup either. I have bought every cup known to man and she still won't drink milk out of them. Only water and thats not all the time either. Hopefully peopl have suggestions that work because it looks like we need tem

Tiffany - posted on 04/20/2010

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i agree with dawn! it took 7 different cups befor rilie found one she would drink milk from & it was the straw one! good luck ♥

Jackie - posted on 04/20/2010

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My son did the same thing he is 14months now I took him to walmart and showed him different sippys and he would grab at a couple so i bought them and i also got some with his fav. cartoons on it and it worked..he liked the soft ones that are like a bottle and now every once in a while he will take a hard tip one..have u also tried puttn a little bit of chocolate syrup in it once they see it taste good they may take it... i had to do that with my daughter now she loves plain milk and chocolate milk!!!!

Dawn - posted on 04/20/2010

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Always speak with your pediatrician first, but even though your child may be boycotting other drinking devices and may not be drinking as much, keep an eye on urine out put through the number of wet diapers. As long as the child continues to have wet diapers despite decreased drinking, I would not become terribly upset. Speak with your pediatrician about how many wet diapers should be expected for a certain age and how many hours a child can go between wet diapers. Also, observe the consistency of the bowel movements - if it is hard for the child to go or it is like little pebbles, he/she may not be getting enough fluid. Continue to keep the sippy cup or straw cup out throughout the day so the child visually gets used to it, and you could also try placing a little pure joice in the desired cup to drink from because it will give a big reward for the work the child is exerting. Once the child is able to suck through the straw or drinks from the sippy cup, cut the juice with water. Also, if you wanted to make sure the child is getting more liquids, try putting ice cubes or frozen juice cubes in the Baby Safe feeder and allow the child to get liquid that way for your peace of mind. NEVER give the child straight ice cubes, ( I feel better saying that!).

Sandra - posted on 04/18/2010

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My daughter was stubborn about the whole thing. She liked her sippy cup just not with milk in it. It took about two days but once she figured out there were no more bottles she took to the sippy cup. Best thing was to offer two different cups as options. Puppy cup or kitty cup? Hope that helps.

Jenny - posted on 04/18/2010

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I like Karen's suggestion about slowly adding more milk to the water. Another idea along the same lines .... put half the milk in a bottle and half in a sippy. Give the bottle first and then switch to the sippy. This helped our daughter learn to use the sippy ... good luck

Karen - posted on 04/17/2010

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Have you tried mixing the water and milk and gradually adding more milk. Worth a shot.

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