What cup do you use for your 18mth old to drink from?

Melita - posted on 08/20/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )

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My 18mth old drinks milk and water only, and I am trying to cut the milk from her bottle and into a sippy cup. She drink water fine from a sippy cup, but won't drink milk from it at all. She needs to keep milk in her diet for calcium but I am stuck on how to get her to drink it.

Any tips would be appreciated..thanks:)

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Karina - posted on 09/12/2010

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I had the same problem but it took around 5 days for my son to accept the change. Straw cups are recommended for speech pathologist. If she stops drinking milk for a few days , increase her intake in yogurt, cheese ... Hopefully after a few days she goes back to normal milk intake. My son uses now the stage 4 Playtex tumbler (coffee mug look alike) and I love the Tommee Tipee Explora cups too.

Marissa - posted on 09/02/2010

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My daughter helped me pack up all of her bottles in July and we said bye bye to them. We use the Playtex sippy cups and also the ones with a straw. It took a little bit for her to use the straw, but once she did, she loved it. You can find sippy cups that have tops shaped like a bottle nipple, and that might be a good transition.

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Rachel - posted on 11/17/2010

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Graduates sippy cups. I buy them at Toys R Us, My daughter had no problem transitioning. I thought it would be a nightmare, but she loves the graduates sippys.

Cheryl - posted on 09/13/2010

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My daughter never used a sippy cup, she would only use the straw cup. I was quite fortunate that she transitioned with no problem and she will drink milk from any cup. Maybe the straw cup would be a good option because of the sucking action which is what shes used to with a bottle? good luck! :)

Shannon - posted on 09/11/2010

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My will drink anything from a sippy cup and we also have plastic shot glasses, she does quite well.
We use different cups for different drinks she gets milk in pink, juice in purple, we even use different shades of purpe for different juices she will let you know what she want to drink, and water in a clear cup.
She does not like cold milk, I usually set a cup out about 30 min to an hour before meal time, then she drinks it right down. Good luck!!!

Debra - posted on 09/10/2010

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i am having the same problem...i will suggest to you what i did...i went out and bought one of each type of cup appropriate for her age, and put drinks in them...milk water juice, whatever you want and leave them sitting around the house, and put the bottles up, out of sight out of mind. if she gets thirsty enough she will pick up a cup and start drinking. pay attention to the cup she used the most and get her a couple more of those...but remember to keep the bottles where she cant see them. good luck

Shanna - posted on 09/08/2010

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my daughter wouldn't drink out of sippy cups that were spill proof and has been drinking out of a cup since 1. she also likes straws. i would try straws or cups with cool straws. or even go to the store and maybe let her pick out a cup and say this is for your milk. maybe that would do the trick?

Dena - posted on 09/05/2010

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Amy, have you tried chocolate milk or something like that? Your 19 month old may just not like the taste of milk. You can also try putting milk in to smoothies or giving your child baby yogurt (yogurt made with whole milk) or something like that to substitute for the milk.

RE:Amy Blackford

My daughter (almost 19 months) drinks just about anything EXCEPT milk. She uses the Playtex brand cups. If you find a way to get yours to drink milk, PLEASE let me know! Lol!

Amy - posted on 09/04/2010

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My daughter (almost 19 months) drinks just about anything EXCEPT milk. She uses the Playtex brand cups. If you find a way to get yours to drink milk, PLEASE let me know! Lol!

Dena - posted on 09/04/2010

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I am sorry, I read your post and then a few other comments and forgot about the part that you said she drinks water from a sippy cup just fine. I think letting her pick out a sippy cup and saying it's for her milk would be great, and throwing away her bottles (if you need them for the future just make sure you use a clean trash bag to throw them away and when she isn't around you can take them out). It may still be a little difficult the first few times, but give it 2 days and I am sure she'll come around. Or you can just go for giving her the milk in a regular cup and see if that works - she'd still get her milk that way and you're most likely at home during those times anyway. I hope this helps and good luck!!! :)

Dena - posted on 09/04/2010

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Some kids are easy to give a sippy cup to, where others don't take to them very easy. I switched at 1 yr. old (on her birthday). She had been offered a sippy cup since she was about 6 months old though so she already drank from them. She just no longer had bottles at 1 yr. old. I also offer her a regular cup at family meals - she does great! You should try picking up maybe 3 different types of sippy cups so you can see what your 18 month old likes. And kuddos on only giving your child milk and water! People have thought I was crazy when they ask what she is drinking and I say water. My daughter has milk in a sippy cup in the morning, and milk in a regular cup at dinner (sometimes a 3rd in sippy cup if she is a little crabby during the day), but otherwise has ice water in her sippy cup throughout the day.

She may not like the sippy cup much the first day or two, but if you don't offer her the bottle at all (or maybe just before bedtime before you brush their teeth), they will realize that to get their milk, they have to use the cup.

Robin - posted on 09/03/2010

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We use the nuk sippy cup with the silicon spout for milk and the playtex sippy cups with the silicon spout for water/juice. So he associates the milk with a certain sippy cup. It seems to help.

Jenny - posted on 09/02/2010

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My daughter took very well to the sippy cups. We started with the Nuk silicon tops since she was using nuk bottles. Then we went to the Gerber hard plastic tops. We never had a problem partly I think because she was in day care and other babies were also using sippys. I like the other mom's idea about letting your daughter pick out a special milk sippy. My mom bought our daughter a Cars taller sippy which we call a water bottle. At the start of the summer we couldn't get her to drink water while we were out of the house ... too busy having fun. But she WOULD drink from my water bottle. We pulled out that Cars sippy and only use it for water when we are out of the house. She drinks from it no problem because of its special use.

Debbra - posted on 08/21/2010

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i would say to take her shopping for a new sippy cup and say its for her milk and then give her milk in it when she has her milk she will eventually realise its for her milk i have done it with my 18 month old and she fine with it and has 2 diffrent cups for her milk and for pop or water all the best xxx

Corena - posted on 08/20/2010

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I use the ones that have a straw but are still "spill free". My LO would not use a normal sippy cup at all, but he loves the straw.

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