Drinking from a cup

Natasha - posted on 02/09/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My little girl is nearly seven months and I am trying to get her to drink water from a cup when she has her solids but she only wants to drink from the botttle, and she doesnt want to hold the bottle. I have bought lots of diff types of cups, some with handles some with none, but nothing is to her liking? Any ideas? Is is too early to be worried about this?

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Try nuby cups!  Rosabelle loves them.  You could also try purchasing the handles to put on a bottle to get your daughter used to that first before switching to a full on sippy cup.  But don't worry too much my friend's daughter is 9 months old and won't use a sippy cup yet.

DeAnna - posted on 02/11/2009

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I read an article in a baby magazine of mine that said some babies are not interested in a cup until 8 or 9 months, or even after a year. If I were you I would not stress too much about it or push your daughter too hard. She will use the cup when she's ready. My son is 6 months and we have a sippy cup with one of the soft nipples so it's kinda like a bottle. Sometimes he likes it but sometimes he doesn't. We just put the cup in front of him and let him play with it sometimes, just so he can get use to it. Also, we let him play with a big cup (ones that we use) and he loves to play with it and pick it up and try to hold it and drink from it like we would. Just some suggestions :) She will get it, don't worry! :) Good Luck!

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my daughter has been drinking from a cup since she was 5months old. She wont even take a bottle.. she has no idea what to do with it. We started her on a regular cup with no lids or spouts or anything.. of course we had to hold it for her. Around 6months is when i bought her her first sippy cup and she got it down instantly! She just turned 7 months and is still drinking from her sippy cups, shes just learning to hold the cup properly though which will probably take sometime. They make the types with handles but they usually have spouts which she doesnt take from. I get newsletters in my inbox from the babycentre website. You can probably go on their website and read up on the article about when to start a cup. It might be useful.

Bethany - posted on 02/10/2009

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Quoting DelilahandDave:



Also try the cups w/ straw  they are much easier....





Which cups are you using?  The only straw ones I've seen are marked as 2years+.  Are these the ones you use or are there ones designed for younger babies?  Thanks!

Natasha - posted on 02/10/2009

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Quoting Jacky:

Have you tried to get a sippy cup with spout that's really flexible and soft like a bottle nipple? Because my daughter was having the same problem and I found one like that and she took to it pretty quick. All of the other others were to hard and all she did was chew on them and get frusterated.



Thanks very much everyone, I will def try the Nuby cup although I hope its not just sold in the USA as I have never heard of it in the UK. Will look on internet. It should def solve the prob because as you say the normal 'sippy' cups have very hard teets and my little girl doesnt know what to do with it. Thanks again, this website is brilliant!

Bethany - posted on 02/09/2009

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We have not mastered this at my house either! My son will hold the bottle himself but still doesn't like to drink from a cup. I have found the best success with the Nuby cups (they are flexible like Jacky suggested)- he can get the liquid out easily and I think that if I just continue to give it to him everyday he will eventually drink more. I think it's a combination of consistently giving it every day (even when he doesn't drink anything from it) and also trying to find the best time to give it. This last part is what I'm still working on- if he's too hungry he doesn't want anything but food but if he's too full he's obviously not interested either! Oh well...I think it is too early to "worry" (at least that's what my mom keeps telling me when I complain about it! haha!) So my suggestion is to pick whatever cup she has seemed at all interested in (or you think the water comes out of easiest) and stick with it for a while. Best Wishes ~>

Jacky - posted on 02/09/2009

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Have you tried to get a sippy cup with spout that's really flexible and soft like a bottle nipple? Because my daughter was having the same problem and I found one like that and she took to it pretty quick. All of the other others were to hard and all she did was chew on them and get frusterated.

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