8.5mo old will not take sippy cup

Michelle - posted on 04/11/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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My son will not take a sippy cup. He has been (and still is) breastfed but does take a bottle when he is at the sitter's. I can't even get him to hold a bottle of juice on his own and sure can't get him to use a sippy cup. Any ideas?? Also, all of the sippy cups I have tried all leak. Have any of you found any that don't?? I'm tired of cleaning up sticky apple juice!!

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Renee - posted on 06/05/2010

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my son is the same hes bottle fed and is 10mnths old he's so stubborn he wont even drink juice from a bottle the only way i have found to get him to drink his juice is thru a straw i bought lil juice boxes for toddlers all natural and they came with a straw so i tried it and amazingly he jst started sucking it thru the straw.. im introducing the sippy cup again but only with water so its less messy (as i cant find any that dont leak either) and once he gets the hang of that will change to juice..

Jade - posted on 06/05/2010

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Nuby sippy cups are really good. They have sillicone teets which should make it easier for him. They don't leak either (but make sure you screw the top on properly). It takes time and patience to get a baby to try new things but you will get there in the end. I had the same problem with my 10 month old. It took about 2 months to get her to drink out of a sippy cup because I made the mistake of giving her juice in the bottle first.

India - posted on 06/01/2010

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dont worry he will get used to the sippy cup my daughter is 10 months and she just got interested so keep trying

Sara - posted on 05/12/2010

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I understand how that feels... try the playtex brand pill proof sippy cups.. they're hard for the baby to drink from them at first because they have to suck harder but they don't ever leak for us and my daughter smashes hers against everything. lol My sister gave me this wonderful technique...give your sun either the bottle or breast milk at breakfast and at bed and that's it... my daughter didn't like it at first either..but he'll get used to the idea. He will eventually drink it if he's thristy. whether or not he likes the idea is another thing. but for us this worked. Later on in the day my daughter picked up her cup and started drinking from it.

Melissa - posted on 05/09/2010

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I tried my son at 6 months and he refused so I tried again at 8 months. The only sippy he'll use is Munchkin soft silicone nipple since it's the closet to the bottle. I have others that I am eventually going to try him on now that he is a pro at it and can spot the sippy across the room! The only problem is he HATES water. He refuses to drink it. In order to get him to drink I have to give him juice which I totally water down.

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I have been trying to give my son a sippy cup as well....I use the Playtex one with handles....He takes a few sips out of it and refuses to hold it himself, but he still prefers to drink out of the bottle.....I continue to bring it out for him to use hoping that it will be the only cup by the time he is 1...he is 10m now good luck :)

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Wow, even if he did drink out of it right now he would be doing it awfully early. My son didn't take a sippy until 1. I didn't offer it to him until then. The younger you give it, the more chances they have at getting choked since the flow is much faster. My second child is 10m and I still don't think he'd be ready for a sippy. Everyone develops differently of course.

Chelsey - posted on 04/23/2010

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my daughter is 9.5months. she likes her sippy cup but needs help tilting it back. i like the playtex sippy cups with the handles.. they are the only ones that haven't leaked.

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I have been going through exactly the same thing. My daughter (8.5 months) won't drink anything from a sippy cup. I finally solved the issue by using breastmilk in the bornfree sippy cup. That was the first time she has taken anything via sippy cup. Not even formula would do it. This cup doesn't leak and has a super soft big spout on it. She likes to teeth with it.

Pamela - posted on 04/22/2010

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I am struggling with it as well - mine is 9 months will be 10months on May 8th, he was taking both breast and bottle while I was working and then I got let go in December, and so I have been breastfeeding only. I keep the NUBY starter cup available with juice in it at all times. He takes it when he is desperate otherwise he wants to drink out of a regular cup - this is fine while I am not working but when I go back it is going to be tough for the sitter/daycare. Ive tried all of the ones out there available and some are not cheap - the NUBY with the silicone top can run as much as $7 in some places I think Walmart has it for like $6.47- but it is the closest thing to a bottle but with handles.

Ashley - posted on 04/22/2010

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my daughter was the SAME exact way until just recently! she has been bottle fed since 2 months old.. but she wouldn't even hold her own bottle until like a month ago. but i started introducing the sippy cup around 6 months and she just wouldn't take it. so i started trying all kinds of different cups and what has worked best for me was the straw sippy cups. theyre spill proof also, but she has fun sucking it out of the straw rather than having to hold up cup upside down and tilting her head back lol. but as of a few days ago she started taking some other those regular sippy cups also. the BIG thing i learned with her is that it HAS to be the soft silicon sippy part. it can't be the hard sippy cups. she just doesn't like those. she relates those to teething toys rather than like the bottle nipple where it is soft. i'd try that, or the straw sippies ;)

Nicky - posted on 04/22/2010

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Try using a regular cup. My son won't drink out of a sippy, he doesn't like how fast liquid comes out. But he LOVES drinking out of a regular cup. We only do it at most once a day because I still have to hold it for him, but he really enjoys it. It took him a little while to get used to how to drink out of it, but went much faster than when we were trying the sippy cup.

Carrie - posted on 04/21/2010

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my eldest wasnt on a sippy cup till he was about one but he learnt the straw before he did the sippy

Denene - posted on 04/21/2010

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My daughter will be 9 months old in a few days...she won't take a sippy cup either but I don't see the point in forcing her. They don't really need to drink out of those yet anyway.

Jessica - posted on 04/20/2010

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1. my daughter is also 8.5 months and hasn't clung to her sippy cup so doesn't really know what to do with it. I give her juice out of the bottle diluted with water so he takes easier. However, the sippy cups I have have not spilled one single drop, they are amazing..They are Playtex brand and I got them in a 2 pack for 4.99 at Target. I love them cause she throws it around like a toy and not one drop has come out..

Jamie - posted on 04/19/2010

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My DD just started drinking for the sippy (about 8.5 months old) before that she would bite or shake and watch the water move. She does have to lay back and drink from it, she hasn't realized that she has to tip her head back. I have just recently added a little bit of apple juice to the water. I have heard that it can take up to a month (trying everyday) for the baby to learn to use the sippy cup. The brand I have is Playtex and it doesn't leak. As for getting him to hold the cup or bottle .... I can't really help you there. My Mother-in-law taught my DD to hold the bottle/cup.

Chelsie - posted on 04/19/2010

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Nuby makes a soft top sippy cup. My daughter still wont take it all the time but she really wont take the hard plastic top ones. The only time she is really interested in a sippy cup is at meal time.

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Wow...I didn't even know our kids were old enough to take a sippy cup or have apple juice. I'm really behind on the whole food program. Can you just give them the juice in the bottle instead of a sippy cup?

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mine is 9.5 months and doesn't like sippy cups either...she just recently started holding her bottle, but only if u lay her down because she hasn't gotten the concept of tipping the bottle up to drink from it..I am having a hard time finding a cup she will transition to also..I think i'm gonna have to buy a few different kinds and find out what she will use...It sucks..but I'm just gonna have to do it..get them from walmart and keep your receipt. If they won't use them, just take them back. They'll take em without a problem even used..I should know i worked there full time for quite a long while..If you find one that works well, let me know..I want my daughter out of bottle by a year old too..GOOD LUCK

Michelle - posted on 04/18/2010

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my little boy is eight and a half months. he is bottle fed i tried breast feeding but he wasnt getting enough from me. i had a hard time getting him to drink any other fluids other than milk. ive tried various tommee tippee cups and the only way he will drink from one is if i take the lid off and let him have it like a cup. he wont hold his bottle but he will hold a tommee tippee cup with no handles and it doesnt leak i got it from savers it was a pound. best cup hes had.

Erin - posted on 04/17/2010

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i started with a soothie sippy cup with the nipple on it still since that was the bottles my daughter used and then after a week put the sippy cup lid on it! also she like cups with straws! they seem to have worked the best with my daughter who is also breastfed!

Hollie - posted on 04/15/2010

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My daughter is the same way, she's about 8 1/2 months. She'll hold it and look at it but rarely drinks from it. I tried juice first but that was a sticky mess, not that the cup leaked, it was just that when something came out of it, she would open her mouth and some of it runs out so now i just put water in it. The only cups I have are colored but transparent so she sees that there's something in there and would rather play with it than drink from it. This week she's been getting a little better, we will leave it out where she can get to it and once in a while she'll crawl over to it and pick it up and put it in her mouth but hasn't realized she needs to tip it back so hopefully we're on the right track. I'm not really stressing over it. Before this week, I'd try a few days and if she wouldn't have anything to do with it, I'd just wait a week or so and try again. She'll take it when she's ready but I don't want to push, but hopefully she's starting to get the hang of it...lol Good Luck!!

Crystal - posted on 04/15/2010

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I let my oldest son keep his bottle until a week before he turned one. I started out on giving him one of the sippy cups with the soft plastic tops, was easier for him to sip from because it was like sucking from a bottle & easier on his gums since he was teething. My 8 month has not tried sucking, I can tell that he is not ready for it. Just take your time when it happens it will with no problems! =)

And I use the playtex sippies. Love them!

Logan - posted on 04/15/2010

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He can stay on the bottle til hes one i started my son on the sippy at 8 months and its all he drank out of for a month and now will hardly take it they all work at their own pace dont push him too hard hes still got 3 and a half months to get the hang of it.

Jennifer - posted on 04/13/2010

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My son Matteo who is 9mos on 4-14-10 couldn't get the sucking the cup for a while. I just kept trying every day. I would tell him baba (bottle) and he would do it a little and then forget... He has a nuke (pass~ afire) and I would put his nuke in his mouth, pull it out real quick, and stick the cup in his mouth and say sucky... He quickly got it down ;)

Cheryl - posted on 04/13/2010

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be persistant with the sippy cup. keep offering it to him. i had the same problem with breastfeeding, jeremiah would take the bottle but not my breast. i had to be persistant and keep offering the breast everytime till he finally took it. took him about 2 weeks. as for a non sippy cup, i have a brand called the nubby. i have found that its great and does not leak. it has a cilicone top and water or juice does not come out unles he sucks it out. great brand i love it. but im sure every mom has there own favorite. :) good luck!!

Lisa - posted on 04/13/2010

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Hi Michelle, my dughter will drink from a sippy cup, but she will not tip it up herself.....so we tried the straw one's you get from walmart. They are about $2.70 each and come in a variety of colours. You can close the straw back in when they have finished with it, but the straw is very soft & easy to drink from. I gave my daughter one to try with a bit of water in and she was drinking from it within 3 minutes & she will hold it too. Give them a try, they are usually located where the other bottles & sippies are, in one of the bin sections on the bottom shelf. :) good luck x

Krystle - posted on 04/13/2010

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My son wouldn't take a bottle if his life depended on it. I tried the Nuk Training sippy and The Take and Toss sippy, he loves them both. He'll drink both milk and water out of them.

Sara - posted on 04/13/2010

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The NUBY sippy cups are awesome!! And great for teething also! The dont leak unless you squeeze the nipple. My son started using his sippy cup around 5 months. He never gets bottles he is strictly breastfed so that may have been why it was so easy for him.. Try to avoid giving juice in a bottle(so my doctor and other experts say) if you only give him 1 option to have his juice (via sippy cup) he will eventually use it with ease. Just keep giving it to him everyday it will take time.

Maggie - posted on 04/13/2010

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A friend of mine recommended NUBY cups. They have a silicone nipple so it is similar to a bottle. This helped my son transition quickly! He loves it!

Emily - posted on 04/12/2010

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my son is 8 1/2 months old i bought those avent cups and at first he would get fustrated bc he couldnt get nothing out of it so i took off the plug and had him drink out of it like that like for 2 week so he could get the idea of what the cup was and now i put the plug back so it won't be that messy and everyhtings going good the only thing is can't actually get it all by himself....

Christine - posted on 04/12/2010

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He is still young where he doesn't have to have a sippy cup. Just keep trying but don't stress about it. He doens't really need it until you take him off the bottle.

Rebecca - posted on 04/11/2010

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Ok there is an avent "magic cup" it's called. It has a soft spout and is AWESOME! Doesn't leak for at least 4 months lol...you'll need to buy a new plug but they're cheap. If he still wont take it, grab a playtex straw sippy. They say ages 2+ but i have used them with son to get him used to something new then i changed over to the actual sippy. My daughter is more stubborn then my son was and she's 9 months today and is still finiky on sippy's, but i'm determined to have her changed by 1yr like my son was!! She likes the straw better then the avent like my son did but she'll use either or.

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