11 month old will drink water from a sippy cup

Sarah - posted on 05/24/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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But his milk has to be in a bottle, can not put in the sippy cup will cry till I put it in a bottle, how do I break this?

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Katie - posted on 05/26/2011

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I don't think its necessary to take the milk from the bottle. My baby is 15 months old and has all his drinks in cups but still has his milk in a bottle. I gave my 6 year old his milk in a bottle till he gave it up at about 2 years old (which was a bed time bottle - he stopped the day time ones before) I wouldn't take away their bottles till they are ready. Its also a comfort thing for them and also for you to keep you bond of giving your baby a bottle. They grow up too quickly as it is. I say let them keep their bottles.

Laura - posted on 05/31/2011

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Have you tried a transition bottle? The sort of thing that has a soft silicone spout, somewhere in between a bottle teat and a proper sippy cup spout. I had the same issue with my older son. Initially I cut a slightly larger hole in his bottle teat to get him used to the faster flow of milk (he was fine with fast-flowing water but not milk! Strange I know, but my little one is the same!) then I introduced a bottle with a soft spout. Took a bit of perseverence but we got there with it in the end. Eventually he was happy to take milk from a proper sippy cup. They recommend stopping bottles (in favour of cups) by one year but it took me 2 or 3 months (or maybe more, I don't remember now!) longer than that but I really don't think it makes a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. As long as you're trying that's all you can do. Have you tried disguising milk in a cup/transition bottle at meal times? Just an ounce or so, and offer a sip here and there during the meal - they're expecting water/juice so take a big glug and by the time they realise it's milk, it's too late and they've already drunk it! Just try little and often but don't make a big deal of it or he will pick up on it and make a big deal of it just because you do. You'll get there in the end, don't get put off by what the books and professionals tell you - the world wont end just because he likes a bit of milk in a bottle!

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Jennifer - posted on 06/04/2011

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I gave my kids milk in a sippy cup for their least favorite bottle time (usually afternoon snack time) If they wouldn't drink the milk I would feed the next meal a little earlier. When they know that is the only option he'll drink it eventually. When he doesn't object to that meal anymore then try another meal and so on until all meals are from a sippy cup. That last meal for mine was usually breakfast. It was their favorite bottle. Both of my kids were off the bottle by 10 months. It's kind of a long process but I find slow transitions to be the best for my kiddos. Good luck!

Bree - posted on 06/01/2011

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I have three kids and did the same with all of them. I took the bottles and threw them all out on their first birthday. After a couple of days the totally forgot they ever had them. It is tough at first, just stick to your guns and it will happen. I have heard the longer you wait the harder it gets. Good Luck!

Fiona - posted on 06/01/2011

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Thats good dont get stressed he doing well for 11months.just because the health visitor advices something doesnt mean its rite for your child he do it in his own time.

Leah - posted on 05/26/2011

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I would like to know this also!!! I have tried so hard to get him to drink his milk from a sippy cup, even his favourite straw cup, but nope has to be in a bottle!!

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