My son won't drink from a sippy cup

Tammy - posted on 01/02/2011 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son is still mostly breast fed but I want to start weaning him, if I put milk in a bottle he will drink it but not if it is in a sippy cup, he won't drink anything from a sippy cup. He is now almost 18 months and don't want to give him the bottle anymore nut sometimes I have to just so he will drink. I plan on putting him in nursery school in September where he will be drinking from a regular cup but I want to get him drinking from a sippy cup first. Any suggestions on getting him to drink from a cup would be greatly appreciated.

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Rebecca - posted on 04/02/2011

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My twin girls have hated sippys. We have tried every kind I could find and found out by chance that they wanted a regular cup and want to do it themselves. It is messy but at least they are getting fluids.

Tammy - posted on 02/09/2011

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I did try the Nuby brand but because the nipple is soft like a bottle he pushes it in with his hand and thinks it's a toy and milk gets everywhere. I've cut down the breastfeeding to twice a day, morning and before bed, as for the rest of the day I will give him milk in a sippy cup and he rarely drinks it so for most of the day he doesn't really get much fluids, he won't drink water or juice from the sippy cups either. I just think that if he gets thirsty enough he will drink and I have seen him drinking it so I know he knows how he just doesn't want to, but like I said he has drank it when he got thirsty enough. Sooner or later he will have to get use to it as I will not give him anymore bottles and I have not gave in and breastfed him except for those 2 times a day and I've been doing this for a month now. He doesn't have fits when I don't breast feed him, he may ask me a couple times during the day but I have not gave in. He will drink it if he gets thirsty enough.

Nicole - posted on 02/08/2011

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John didnt like a sippy cup atall, he hated it so much that he learned to use a straw within a few seconds (with the hand signal drink) and then was not all that impressed with that and a week later demanded a normal plastic cup. so now it's either a cup or a bottle. he still wants his bottle to sleep with or when he gets hurt. doesnt mind straws, but i do because he keeps pulling it out to play with and inspect and forgetting to drink his juice!

Katie - posted on 02/05/2011

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When we tried to switch my third son to a sippy cup, he cried with every one. I even tried the Nuby kind with the rubber spout that almost looks like a bottle. He hated them all. Until one night , he was getting tired and I put some milk in a bottle for him, as his eyes began to drift closed, I quickly switched the bottle to the Nuby cup . He didn't even notice! He did very well from then on. The only problem was that when we took him to daycare we had to supply his sippy cup cuz he wouldn't drink from the kind they had there. But after a few months of doing that we decided to let him try the daycare's cups again and he didn't mind after that. Now with my fourth son, I just stopped giving him the bottle one day and switched it out with the sippy cup. Surprisingly we had no problem . He was off the bottle at 9mos. old.

Jaimini - posted on 01/15/2011

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hi,u can try a nuk brand sipy cup my son even use to give me a hard time but now he is fine with a sippy cup.

Morgan - posted on 01/14/2011

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what worked for i only gave my daughter her bottle at certain times like before nap time or right when she woke up. otherwise it was the sippy cup. if you stick to the routine. it will be easier on him. i hope it works out

Becky - posted on 01/13/2011

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I highly recommend those sippies that have interchangeable tops - one is like a bottle nipple and then you move to the super soft sippy cup top, then you can transition to harder tops from there.

ALICIA - posted on 01/13/2011

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Everytime I tried a sippy cup my children, they rejected it because it was too hard or to soft and big that tried to chew it and got frustrated cause the juice wasn't coming out fast enough. I use cups with straw. They feel like they are big kids because when people go out to eat everyone drinks from a straw. They tend to be much cheaper than the sippy cups.Cups with straws have lids so the spills are much less. The key is they need a bigger straw (wider) when they first start then you can go to smaller once they get their suction good.

Melissa - posted on 01/12/2011

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My son went straight from a bottle to a straw cup....he wasn't much for sippy cups either. My 2nd, now 18mnths, prefers the straw cups also

Joanna - posted on 01/10/2011

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My daughter was entirely breastfed and never took a bottle of breastmilk or formula for the first whole year of her life. Trust me, getting her to take a the cup before you wean will help you out in the long run. Mine got into when I let her drink from my cups/glasses. I put some water in and pretended i was drinking and gave her a sip. Then after she did that for a couple days I showed her a cute little cup (regular kids cup no lid) and had her drink sips from that for a couple days. Then I brought out a sippy cup without the suction valve in so that she didn't have to work too hard for it. After a week I stuck the valve back in and she was fine. Probably could have gone faster, but I tend to take things slowly.

And for weaning, the best advice i got was: Focus on the feeding that your child wants the most (for us it was the one before bedtime for others it might be morning). Let child breastfeed the other times as normal. Cut out the one you think will be hardest to get rid of and the other feedings just dissipate. I thought weaning was going to be awful because my child had refused bottles and is VERY stubborn, but i was amazed how easily and quickly it happened. After weaning, she started to take a bottle! haha. these kids are funny. ;-)

Jolene - posted on 01/10/2011

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I had the same problem with my son. I got a soft spout sippy cup and let him get really thirsty and handed it to him. It took him a couple tries but he finally got it. Just make sure your not using a spill proof cup.

Jenn - posted on 01/05/2011

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My daughter still drinks milk from a bottle, but she'll drink water or juice from a straw cup all day long. Soon enough we'll have to switch her to using the cups for everything, but this is working for us right now, so I'm ok with that!! We started with a sippy cup, but she didn't understand how to tip it back to get anything out. The straw cups have worked awesome :)

Lisa - posted on 01/04/2011

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My son also didn't want to use a cup, wanted bottles, but I did what the previous poster said, stopped giving him a bottle. You do have to find the cup he likes best, but he'll drink from it. Jacob threw tantrums when I wouldn't give him a bottle, but he now takes the cup when I give it to him first thing in the morning, and even if he says no, when I don't give in, he drinks from the cup. He also likes straw cups and the regular sippy types, and I'll let him choose in the morning which cup gets juice and which gets milk for the day.

Christine - posted on 01/03/2011

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The easiest way to get him to start drinking from a cup instead of a bottle is to just take away all of the bottles. He is 18 months old, so there is no actual need or reason he should have them. If he knows that when you offer him the cup all he has to do is refuse it in order to get the bottle, then why would he be motivated to use the cup? It may take a day or two of him refusing to take it, but eventually he will realize that he is not going to get any more bottles and he will accept that if he is thirsty he has to drink from a cup. If he is truly thirsty, he will drink. My son is also 18 months old and has been drinking from a cup since he was 10 months. He never used a 'sippy' kind though. He never liked that type of cup. He uses the Playtex Insulator Straw Cup (we purchase them at Target). http://www.playtexbaby.com/CupsMealtime/...
Maybe this type would be something your son would prefer as well since you are having a hard time to accept the sippy type. It took my son about a day to figure out how to suck from the straw properly because it is different then sucking on a bottle, but once he got the hang of it there was no stopping him. Good luck- I hope you find a cup that works best for him :)

Rosie - posted on 01/03/2011

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My Xavier didnt like the regular sippy cups either so we found the Nuby one-- works like a charm! and he now drinks from both the regular and his soft one.

Tammy - posted on 01/03/2011

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O.k thanks, I will try the Nuby brand and see if he will drink from those ones.

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2011

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The Nuby brand makes a bottle that is transitional. It has the look and feel of a bottle with two different nipples and removable handles. One of the nipples is similar to a regular bottle and the other is shaped like a sippy cup. Here is the link to the Nuby website. http://www.nuby.com/en/nuby/bottle-feedi... We also tried the Nuby flip top cups. Our daughter had a hard time tipping the bottles back but once we tried the sippy cup with a straw she was a pro!

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