Still won't take a sippy cup

Katie - posted on 01/08/2010 ( 37 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned 11 months old and I'd really like to wean her off of bottles, especially with her 1st birthday coming up. I've been giving her a sippy cup at meals since she was about 8 months old. She'll play with it and even try to chew on the spout but she won't drink out of it. I've tried every kind of cup I can find, too. For my son I used the soft silicone spouts that are more like the nipples of bottles and that worked really well for him, but she doesn't give two hoots about them! Does anyone have any suggestion?

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My daughter was the same way. i tried sippy cups from about 7 months old and she wanted nothing to do with them. She just turned a year on Feb. 4th, and about a week before that, she started drinking from a sippy. I just kept trying every 4-5 days, and if she didn't want it, put it away for a few days, and try again. try putting formula, or whatever it is you give her a lot, in it. My daughter wouldn't drink the juice out of it, only her bottles, but she started on the sippy when i put formula in it.

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Teresa - posted on 02/05/2010

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try the first year sippy cups, they are plastic. my daughter didn't like any cup but when i tried those, she was able to drink with it good, and now she uses any kind.

Marissa - posted on 02/05/2010

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Mine wouldn't take a sippy cup, no interest at all. So I just let is be. Then today i gave her the sippy again and ... she emptied it it no time ... go figure. I guess before she just wasn't ready. Today she sure was.

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hey,
i weaned my little girl off bottles except at night.. i started with a regular glass and shared it, then i used a NUBY its 3 stages, and she loves it.. maybe try that.. they work wonders

Katie - posted on 02/05/2010

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So, today is the day before my daughter's 1st birthday and I finally found a sippy cup that she will take. I'm not sure I could have cut it any closer if I tried! It's the Nuk Active Baby cup. I got it at Wal-mart last night for about $6. It has exactly the same spout as the learner cup I've been trying with her for 6 months (seriously, they're the same brand and the package says they're interchangeable) but the difference is that the cup part on the Active Baby cup is long and narrow like a bottle. This whole time I've been trying cups that were wide and had handles on the side thinking that would be easier for her.. I guess not! I'm just glad I found something she takes!

Katie - posted on 01/26/2010

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Thanks everyone! I tried giving her just a regular cup and she drinks really well from it (with my help, of course!) and she LOVES IT! I've been trying the Nuby cups with her from the beginning because that was the only way I could wean her brother from a bottle. I only give her a bottle at naptime and at bedtime. I always put a cup on her highchair and meals and make one available while she's playing. I've been trying to get her to drink from straws, too, but she just puts it in her mouth and doesn't know what to do with it. I show her how I do it, and then I try to wrap her lips around the straw, but she doesn't get it. I've been giving her free flow cups lately. She seems to get how they work, but doesn't care. She just throws them on the ground. I can't bring myself to make her go cold turkey, but with her birthday 2 weeks away, it might come to that. Thanks again everyone!!

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I am having the same problem! My daughter will be one on February 20th and she refuses to drink from a cup. I've tried all different kinds of sippy cups, cups with straws, even just a normal old cup. She plays with them, chews on them, and then throws them on the floor. I took the no-spill vents out so she could easily get some liquid and that didn't help either. I'm not sure what will happen once she turns one. I'd like to have her off bottles completely then. Maybe we'll just have to quit cold-turkey????

Betsy - posted on 01/21/2010

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Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get my son to SUCK on the straw?? I put it in his mouth and he has no idea what to do with it..I've tried doing it myself so he can see how its done but nothing works..he will only drink from my cup, but I can't sit and give him drinks all day long!

Angie - posted on 01/21/2010

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Same here!! My daughter will be 1 feb 23rd and she isnt interested at all!! Maybe I'LL try a different kind of cup and see if that helps!! Hopefully. She is definitly different than my boys were!!

Cheri - posted on 01/19/2010

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Omg my son is doing the same thing it is driving me crazy!!! I had my daughter off the bottle at like 9-10 months. I swear I'm going to die if he is a year old with a bottle

TANYA - posted on 01/19/2010

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i had the same problem with my son..i brought him like 4 different ones but he didn't want either one. i then saw that he liked drinking from a regular cup with straws (like the ones from McDonalds) more so i went to walmart and bought the ones that you can throw away from the baby aisle. it comes with a straw and lid and he loves it... there's no more problems getting him away from the bottle.

Mari - posted on 01/19/2010

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my 11 month old son also refused to take a sippy cup, so we put his straight on to staw cup, which he loves.

Samantha - posted on 01/18/2010

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hi, my daughter also plays with her sippy cups. she will only take a few sips here and there if she gets really thirsty but thats about it. she does prefer drinking from a straw though. she likes the munchkin straw cups (they are also no spill) she wants to try anything she sees me doing, thats how we started her on the straw, she saw me drinking from one and just had to try it!... also, have you tried just a regular cup?

Siobhain - posted on 01/18/2010

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I just took out the no drip thingie so the water was free flowing.....she wont hold a cup or bottle yet tho so were working on that now.

Susan - posted on 01/17/2010

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hi ladies i see a few of you are talking about nuby straw cups where do you get them from ? i live in scotland, i cant get jess to use any kind of cup its a night mare i will give anything a go :-)

Dawn - posted on 01/16/2010

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We use the nuby cups with the rubber spouts too. She takes her bottle at mealtime containing her formula, but inbetween meals takes sips from her cup, which contains half and half of water and gerber juice. She likes it.

Jacquie - posted on 01/13/2010

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In our area (in scotland) the only cups that are recommended are free flow cups. the ones that just pour out water/juice from a a couple of holes in the spout. Dentists do not recommend cups that require sucking as that damages teeth development. Took a while with my son but now he is getting into a cup and can drink from a glass if i hold it. He still gets milk from bottles just now.... but we are working on it and he does hold it himself a lot

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I hope I have the right suggestion for ya! My son is 11 months old as well. He hated the sippy. He didn't care for it as well. So I put a little bit of my chicken broth from a soup or something rather that i had and brought the sippy to his mouth and dribbled a little taste in his mouth. After that, he loved the sippy! Just try to put a new taste in his sippy and see what she does! hope it works! take care.

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2010

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i was in and out of the hospital last week ( pregnant and had to have surgery) and while home alone with the kids my hubby switched our 11 month old from bottle to sippy in days. he honestly just stopped giving her a bottle at all. at first she was finicky, but then took to it and a few days ago we tossed all her bottles. i say maybe try cold turkey. does she eat meals? Kaitlyn eats 3 full meals a day, so i knew she was still getting her nourishment from somewhere. that would be my advice. sometimes you just have to play hardball.

Brianne - posted on 01/11/2010

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I just weaned my daughter off of bottles. Its really REALLY easy =). Takes some time and patients but it works. During the day only give her the option of a sippy cup (my sippy cup of choice is Munchkin No Dip Sip, they are PERFECT! Kinda of shaped like a bottle too) But just put juice in a sippy cup and nothing else. It sounds so horrible but once she gets thirsty she'll have to refur to the cup =) only took Peyton 10mins lol.

Brittney - posted on 01/11/2010

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Firstly, I wouldn't use a sippy cup-use a straw cup, as these add to the ever-growing problem with speech language difficulties. When using a straw they are using the proper muscles in their mouth.
With my son I started him on a straw cup at 4 months (he's now 3 1/2). And my daughter at 5 months (now 11 months). I breastfeed my children until they decide they are finished (my son was 12 months), but my son was feeding every 1/2 hour at 4 months and I was starting to tire out and because he was growing fine I decided to try a straw cup with water). I did the same with my daughter, because of how easy it was the first time and wanted to be able to have an option to feed her if I had to.
For both I squeezed out the apple juice from a juice box (with straw) then filled it up with water (I left a few drops of apple juice in it so the water would have a slight flavour). I put the straw back in and put it up to my kids mouths. When they put their lips around it I squeezed the juice box, lightly, so the juice would go up the straw and into their mouth. After two or three squeezes they both started sucking. You might have to squish the straw after they start sucking so they don't get a lot of fluid at once and start choking-my daughter did this, my son didn't (he even started sucking after the first squeeze). After they get this sucking action then move to a cup with a straw. For my son it didn't matter which cup with straw he could do them all. For my daughter, she was (at first a little picky). She didn't want to drink from something that she had to start sucking hard from. I used those square rubbermaid, juice boxes with the flip (squareish) straw at first, then moved on to a cup that didn't spill as much. I found she needed something that brought fluid to her mouth as soon as she sucked. I went through quite a few cups at first before I found those rubbermaid cups. But now she will drink from all the ones I had previously bought. I think it took about a month before she would drink from any straw cup. And like I said my son didn't care. But the juice box worked for both right away, and they were able to get the sucking action.
Hope this helps

Yesenia - posted on 01/11/2010

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I am an old-fashioned kind of mom. Some people will think it is cruel, but my daughter took only about three days to be sippy-cup trained {my two-year old son was bottle free (of his own will) when he became eleven months old). I gave her sippy-cups and only sippy cups. When she cried I held her and explained to her what was going on. At first, I would give her bottles for naps and bedtimes. Now she even wants to drink out her big brother's cups.

Eleanor - posted on 01/11/2010

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Trying to do the same with my 11 mths old. i`ve been told that you should keeping trying some new for 1 week and don`t give up. we`ll see in 1 week best of luck

Camille - posted on 01/11/2010

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only thing i can tell you is all kids are different. just be patient with her, she'll give up the bottle when she's ready. :)

Lisa - posted on 01/11/2010

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I recently had this issue with my daughter, however my daycare provider was able to find a great solution. First, she uses playtex sippy's, the insilaters with the two handles on the sides. My daughter would chew on it, but never suck. So, the sitter took the spout out and gave her the sippy. She obviously tipped it over in her mouth and water came pouring out. After a few minutes of play in her high chair, my sitter replaced the spout back in and my daughter was clearly curious where the water went. So she started sucking on the spout...tada, it worked! She still struggles with tipping it so that the water is entering the spout, but at least she knows how to use it now. Good luck!

Jeni - posted on 01/10/2010

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We tried several kinds of sippy cups, and our daughter would take them, but she constantly choked. She would rather chew on it too. Just started straw cups (we use the Nuby ones) - no problems whatsoever (and they're better for speech development)! We typically only give her water, but if we add some juice she downs it!

Wendy - posted on 01/10/2010

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I have 11 month old twin boys and they only play with the sippy cups! they will not drink from them either! I never had this problem with my 3 year old daughter, so I feel a little frustrated. The best I can say is what my pediatrician says--KEEP TRYING!

Mary Lee - posted on 01/10/2010

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I am having the same trouble with my 11 month old daughter, so I feel your pain. Although, I have noticed the past couple of days she has shown more interest in the sippy than before. I am using the Nuby brand with the soft, silicone spout. I have heard that is the easiest to transition to from a bottle. In addition to the sippy, I also can't get her interested in water or juice diluted with water. All she wants to drink is her formula. I'd welcome advice on whether/how to get her to drink something other than formula!

Jessica - posted on 01/10/2010

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I've tried all types of sippy cups and they are so hard to work - I've had trouble getting water out of some them! The best thing that we've found is just a cheap mini size Pump or H2Go bottled water bottle from the supermarket. I don't know if you have these brands where you live. All you have to do is suck on it and not squeeze and suck at the same time. It also only leaks a drop if you knock it over. Our baby loves drinking out of it! Good luck :)

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2010

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I'm having the same problem with my 11 month old daughter. I to have tried every kind of cup, even tried taking the drip proof cap out, she has no interest at all. So if nothing else your not alone! This is my third child, and I don't remember having this problem with my first two. I'm looking for suggestions as well!

Jenny - posted on 01/10/2010

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My daughter has been using her sippy cup with water since November. I wish I could tell you HOW she came to be comfortable with but the truth is .... her day care teachers get the credit. They encouraged me to send the sippy to "school" and they made sure she had the opportunities to use it. Now, we are giving her milk in the sippy at lunch. That seems to be working out well. I even gave her half the morning bottle in the sippy when I noticed she was still thirsty but not interested in the bottle.
Keep at it ...good luck.

Cassandra - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son would not take the sippy cup either. I gave him every cup on the market. Then I found a cup by nubby and it has a silicone straw on it and he loves it!

Melissa - posted on 01/09/2010

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My little guy is going on 11 months also, he uses a pacifier, so I got the same brand has his paci, it's called NUK, the spout is just like his paci kind. He took to that like a champ maybe try that one? Now my older son who's now 8 years old he would ONLY use the advent sippy's when he was little...
Hope this helps, all i can say is keep trying... mine still uses a bottle at bed time we're trying to get out of that as well..

Heather - posted on 01/08/2010

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Try sharing a drink with her from a real cup (no sippy spout). Just try water, or if she doesn't seem too interested in that, try a water/juice combo. If you can find a sippy that is just like a regular plastic cup without the sippy lid, this should help as well (tupperware has some that are great). This'll help her get used to a cup, then once she's used to drinking from a cup with you, try to add the sippy lid and let her give it a try. Give her lots of cheers and encouragement when she gets it too! Good Luck :)

Christine - posted on 01/08/2010

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I'm kinda in the same boat as you. My little guy is hit or miss with his sippy. Some days I can get a few ounces in him others none at all!!! I have tried silicone spouts, straws etc... Would love to know any secret advice/tips as I would also love to get mine off bottles by his first bday which is in Feb!!! THANKS

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