How to wean from bottle to just a sippy cup??

Katie - posted on 02/09/2011 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 11 months old and I am trying to wean him from a bottle to just a sippy cup but I have heard two different things on how to go about it
1st thing I have heard is only offer the sippy cup with water or juice than when you switch from formula to whole milk put the whole milk in the sippy and do away with the bottle
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2nd thing I have heard is to just offer everything in the sippy cup and do away with the bottle because he knows if I try to give him formula in a sippy cup that if he won't drink it from a sippy I always cave and put it in a bottle for him.
Want to hear your advice and experience on this,
Thanks

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Whitney - posted on 02/25/2011

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Ashley, when I started both of mine on sippy cups I would make sure when I gave it to him/her they would not chew on the top part by tipping it back and they had to drink it at that time. I would just sit by them and do it every time he/she would try to chew on the opening. It is exhausting because you have to keep doing it, but it really worked. I even used it on my niece because she was a big chewer of her sippy cup and it worked when I had her. I know that my sister-in-law ended up getting straw ones because she would take those better...that's maybe another idea. I will say that once my little girl was completely off the bottle, she started drinking more from her sippy. She would maybe drink half a sippy cup full in a day and now she drinks 3 sippy cups of milk, 1 sippy cup of juice mixed with water, and then 1 sippy cup of water in a day. Just keep trying and he'll get it.

Maria - posted on 02/10/2011

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I wouldn't worry about him not drinking more than a few oz at a time. I would continue formula in a bottle and give everything else in the cup. As long as you make it available, he'll drink what he needs. I bet as formula intake decreases, other fluids will slowly increase. My first went through phases where she drank better out of different kinds of sippy cups. Try straw cups or when in his high chair try giving liquid in the sippy with no valve.
I wouldn't worry too much - kinda like a baby won't starve themselves (when food is available), but sometimes to us it seems like they aren't eating anything maybe it's the same with fluids...

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Allie - posted on 03/02/2011

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My son will be 1 on March 4th, and he got sick 2 weeks ago where if you gave him formula he would throw it up and get diarrhea, so i just kept giving him his sippy cup with water or juice in it, and now he is not on his bottle at all. Him getting sick i think made it easier to transition to sippy cup, and thankfully i dont have to worry about the pacifier cause he took his self off of that right before he turned 6 months old.

Mary-Allegra - posted on 02/28/2011

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My son's nanny taught us both how to get the Sippy cup more play time: after a sip /- or attempted sip, she makes a dramatic AAhHH!!! He LOVES it and takes another sip.

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2011

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Thank you I will try the straw one and hopefully it works, I've tried the taking it away when he chews on it and giving it back. Usually he either just chews on it again or he'll throw it. I know I def have a stubborn little boy on my hands, lol! But I suppose he gets that from me. My mom said that I wasn't completely off the bottle till I was nearly 2, but went straight to a cup and skipped the sippy completely and my teeth are fine. I know I don't want him on a bottle till he's 2, but I don't want to take it away completely at 1 either.

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2011

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So I haven't really seen any suggestions on how to get them to even suck out of a sippy cup. I've tried alot of the soft tips, the ones with and without handles. I've only been trying water and juice in the cups and haven't tried formula. I'm just not sure what to do anymore. All he does is chew on the spout. I've been trying this occassionally since he was 8 months old. I've also been told to only offer him a sippy cup threw out the day and he'll eventually drink from it. I find that a bit harsh and really don't wanna resort to that.

Whitney - posted on 02/25/2011

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Honey should not be given to any child under 12 months of age due to possible botulism, but after that no problem. Doctors say different things, but I do know that after a year old a bottle has a greater chance of causing tooth decay, and formula or breastmilk is no longer providing the sufficient amount of calories and nutrition to sustain a child. I have heard that doctors are going to allow a window of giving you time to wean the child off the bottle, but usually no longer than a few months after the child turns 1 year.

Ashley - posted on 02/24/2011

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My son refuses a sippy cup. I've tried about 4 different ones and he will not use it. He just chews on it. His doc told me he has no worries though because they don't like to see a baby completly off the bottle until around 15-18 months. I've heard you can put a little bit of honey on the spout of the sippy cup to get them to suck it off, their for learning to suck from a sippy. Has anyone heard of that?

Whitney - posted on 02/23/2011

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Also, I did use a sippy since she was 6 months during meals and a bottle up until a couple weeks ago. It really doesn't matter that much. The main thing is to get them to take sippy cups and get him/her off the bottle around a year.

Whitney - posted on 02/23/2011

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I just recently got my 11 month old switched over to a sippy cup for her formula. She would not take her formula in her normal sippy cup, so I bought the Tommee Tippee transition cup that's similar to a bottle and she took it great. I would just give it to her like I would give her bottle. Now she is completely switched over to milk and no formula and only a sippy. She turns 1 year in a week, so thankfully I now have it taken care of. My son switched fine with the Nuby brand sippy cups, but my little girl was a little more picky. I just found one similar to a bottle and gave it to her the same way and after a day or so they usually do good. Good luck!

Shannon - posted on 02/22/2011

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My 11 month old likes to drink juice through out the day... I had been putting it into a bottle, but as of late I found a sippy cup that has a soft rubber mouth peice. He seems not mind this as much as the hard mouth peice on the sippy cup because it is close to the bottle feeling on his gyms yet has the shape of the sippy cup. That and when he is teething it isn't as hard or painful to suck on. He does still drink formula in the morning and that I give him in a bottle, but that is the only time he gets formula or a bottle.

Kelsey - posted on 02/19/2011

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I found a neat little cup with a soft straw in it that my daughter uses because she refused to drink from a sippy cup. I always leave it on the floor for her to drink from as she gets thirsty so it is always available. I only give milk in her bottles which she gets when she wakes up and before naps and bedtime :)

Rebecca - posted on 02/15/2011

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i started giving my son a siippy at 4 months. i just gave him water and watered down juice in it. he always had only formula in his bottles. everytime he hada snack, i would give him his sippy, not the bottle. then when he was drinking out of the sippy throughout the day, and only taking one bottle, i just quit giving him the bottle. he turned 11 months old on the 8th, and he's been off the bottle for a month and a half now. next to go is the pacifier (which I'm dreading!!)

Aliza - posted on 02/13/2011

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i started giving my girl a trainer sippy cup 2 1/2months ago, the nipple on it is silicon, and it has removable handles on it. i gave it to her with no handles then moved to the handles.There are certian cups she just will not use at all. ive tryed at least 5, and now i have found one she really likes. its the brand called born free. she doesnt get a bottle anymore at all, not for a while. hope this helps u out

Katrina - posted on 02/13/2011

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My Son started using a sippy cup around 5-6 months too. he drink juice & formula from it. but only a few oz at a time. but i keep the sipy cup in his reach so when he wants more he grabs it and drinks away.

Tasha - posted on 02/10/2011

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My oldest started at 7 months for juices and water, at a year I took the bottle a way and gave him only sippy

Katie - posted on 02/10/2011

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He has been using a sippy cup since he was about 5-6months his only problem with them is he won't drink more than a few ounces of formula (or any drink) from them

Jessica - posted on 02/10/2011

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My daughter wont use the sippy cup, she'l drink from a normal cup and has a go at drinking from a straw (not often just if im letting her try something im having). Maybe you might skip the sippy cup stage

Maria - posted on 02/09/2011

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I say take your cues from your baby. Has he ever used a sippy cup? If not I would teach him to use it with a bevarage he really likes. Time of day matters, maybe more than what's in it. If a bottle is part of his nap or bedtime routine those will be last to go... My first kid was bottle fed and once she could use a sippy I gave her only formula in the bottle and everything else in a cup. Once she started cow milk it was always from a cup. So the result was when formula ended so did bottles. At around 18 months she was still getting one bedtime bottle and I was able to just switch to a bedtime snack and she never missed the bottle.

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