Sippy Cups

Kayla - posted on 04/02/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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Should i be putting formula into a sippy? Or should i just put juice and water in it? Just curious about this... My daughter is 10 1/2 months old. I seen that some of the May babies are only taking like a couple of bottles a day and some none at all... Just wonder if i should start to break her from a bottle already.. and start putting milk in her sippy cups?

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Theresa - posted on 04/05/2010

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My pediatrician said offer my daughter 2 oz of milk in her sippy cup at every meal so that she can get used to the idea now then when she is really ready to wean off the bottle she won't refuse milk in a sippy. She refused it at first and would only drink water from the cup but now she is starting to drink the milk, I started this a few weeks ago. And I also offer her water and milk out of a normal cup and hold it for her and she loves it, and this was also recommended by her doctor. Then the babies get used to having milk and water in different cups and learning different ways to drink it.

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I say the earlier you break the habit the better (it only gets harder to do). However, I wouldn't stress about it at 10 1/2 months either. :)

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Sarah - posted on 04/13/2010

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My son will be 11 months this week and he still gets formula from his bottle. He drinks water and juice from his sippy cup. I plan to break the bottle when he turns 1 and goes to real milk instead of formula.

Tabatha - posted on 04/13/2010

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I still give my baby girl the bottle and a sippy she is 10 1/2 and i just put water and juice in her sippy but give her milk in the bottle...Its really up to you if you want to try and take the bottle away from her...But I have heard that they will let you know if the dont want the bottle no more...

Bonnie - posted on 04/12/2010

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i was just wondering about the sippy cup thing myself.. so far what i do is put juice/water in it and used milk in her bottle.. i think whut this did with my daughter is teach her that milk goes in the bottle and juice/water in the cup.. on a personal note i want her weaned off bottles at least by the time shes like 15 months.. so the new plan is to still allow her to drink her juice/water from the cup and everyday start using the sippy instead of a bottle.. even if its half of her bottle intake. adn then go from there.

Bonnie - posted on 04/12/2010

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My doctor said I should be introducing formula in a cup in the evening time. I say do what makes you feel comfortable as a mom.

Amy - posted on 04/12/2010

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She has been strictly a breastfed baby and has had maybe 8 bottles in her whole 11 1/2 months of life. I started the sippy of water around 6 months. She does great. Plus less mess for me! She just started getting Organic Whole Milk in the sippy 2 times a day b/c we are weaning and has done great! Whatever works for you and your baby is what is best.

Kaylarie - posted on 04/12/2010

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I introduced a sippy at five months only water than at 8 months started putting milk in it and by 10 months I took the bottles away. It wasn't a big deal he had his milk in his sippy.

Natalie - posted on 04/12/2010

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I would start right away. I'm on baby # 3. He's 11 mo and he drinks from a regular cup. I hold it, but he can drink right out of it. He does a sippy most of the time, and he only gets one bottle during the night. He still wakes up once during the night and the bottle seems to be the only thing to get him back to sleep...still working on that one :)

Karley - posted on 04/12/2010

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i still have my son on his bottle and hes almost a year, but he only takes it twice a day, started to take him off of it, but i would suggest not to put formula into a babies sippy cup if thats what you put their juice/water in because it may confuse them. my son knows his bottle is formula and if he wants just something to drink, he will not take the bottle because its not what he wants, but if i show him a sippy cup he will take it.

Kim - posted on 04/11/2010

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I just went to the doctor with my 11 1/2 month old son. The doctor told me to stop giving him bottles in the middle of the day. She said only a morning bottle and a night time bottle. She said I could put a few ounces in a sippy cup if he is really cranky. My son does not eat well and that is why they took his bottles away.

Anna - posted on 04/11/2010

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I started my my daughter who is also 10 1/2 months on a sippy cup only used for water when she was 5 1/2 months. It helps to start them early so they learn how to use a sippy. I still give her 2-3 bottles a day. I prefer to separate milk products and water/juice. I use a bottle for milk products and a sippy cup for water or juice. I will keep them separate until my daughter is a year old. Good luck! Do what feels right. Everyone's children are different.

Melissa - posted on 04/11/2010

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I think that it totally your decision. I started giving my daughter a sippy at about 5 months and only put water and juice in them. She only used a sippy for about a month or so and started wanting a cup with a straw. It will be easier if you start trying to ween her from the bottle now, but again, you're the Mom, and you decide what is best. I only give my daughter a battle before bedtime, and sometimes she doesn't even want one.

Natasha - posted on 04/10/2010

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my son is 11 months old and drinks from a regular cup. why not transition directly to a cup and skip the sippy cup altogether. it's one less transition you have to do.

Shannon - posted on 04/10/2010

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I started putting formula in a sippy cup when my son was 9 months. He had no problem with it. He just turned 11 months and hasn't gone back to the bottle at all. My older son who is 3 now didn't get off the bottle until a little after he turned 1. He refused the sippy cup (I am thinking cause I waited to long to offer it to him). It was so much easier offering it at a younger age to my second child. That is just my opinion. It is totally up to you though. Good luck!

Natalia - posted on 04/10/2010

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my son turn 10 months an he drinks from his sippy cup the only time he gets a bottle is to fall asleep with. his transition frm cup to bottle was very easy he doesn't care, now i'm trying to get him to drink from the straw sippy cups.

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My daughter didn't like formula at all.. I even tried the sippy cup and she still didn't like it but it's certainly an option to put it in a sippy cup.. Haven't seen anyone though but that doesn't mean anything. Maybe you can start a cup with milk when 1 year old?

Emili - posted on 04/10/2010

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i have to disagree with joanna. im not saying the doctors are wrong. when it comes to your child's teeth a sippy is just as bad as a bottle. but for younger babies it can help them learn easier (handles, etc) how to control the flow by tipping the cup. then when you start giving them a cup (my 11 month old takes a regular cup with help as well and i have three others that did just fine) they will do much better.

Emili - posted on 04/10/2010

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it's completely up to you. i would rather do it while they are smaller than wait a few more months and have them throw fits when you take the bottle. my first was off the bottle at 1 yr...second and third ones at 10 months...and my youngest has been off since 7 months.

Dara - posted on 04/09/2010

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It doesn't hurt. Our pediatrician said that they are ok to be on the bottle until they are somewhere around 16 months or something. Personally I think the earlier the better. With my nephew the week he turned 1 he got milk in his bottle for that week and then the following week he was off the bottle but he had a little sister coming the next month. My daughters are 16 months apart so I got my oldest off the bottle when she was like 13 months old. I started both my girls on the sippy cup around 4 months so they've been totally used to using one.

Deborah - posted on 04/09/2010

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my daughter will be 11 months on the 18th and shes been on sippy since 5 months and has enjoyed cups with straws the last couple months she never really got a bottle she still nurses its better to ween them from the bottle sooner than later

Michelle - posted on 04/09/2010

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I just started putting water in his bottle so he wont want it as much. I put his formula in his sippy cup but I still have to warm it first. Im working on not warming it to prepare him for when we switch to regular milk

Sadie - posted on 04/08/2010

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I'm glad I'm not the only Mom having a problem trying to figure the whole transition from bottle to cup thing. My daughter is also 10 1/2 months. We've tried a few different kinds of sippy cups and she seems to be taking to the ones with the straw spout. Also they are no-spill so thats good for mom too. I don't think I'll have her completely off of a bottle by one but I'm hoping it will be not to long after. She takes juice out of hers pretty well she's. I think another reason my daughter is having a hard time is because she has been sick recently and teething, so it's really hard to be weaning during that time.

It's important to be patient and realize it's not going to happen overnight (in most cases). But do your best and we'll eventually get there! :) If any other mom's have any suggestions about making it easier to get her to drink her formula out of a sippy cup, I would love to here other mom's input. This is my first baby and I'm a young mom, so every new thing is a learning experience for both me and my daughter.

Joanna - posted on 04/06/2010

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my doctor and my nutritionist both told me that sippy cups are the same as bottles and it is better to go right from the bottle to a regular cup. camryn has been adjusting just fine. she loves her big girl cup! no sippy needed!

Steffani - posted on 04/06/2010

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We skipped the sippy cup thing all together and went straight to drinking from a cup. We give her water in it at every meal. I'm not a fan of the juice craze so we don't do juice. Maybe in a few months we'll do 1/4 juice with 3/4 water a couple times a week, but I want her to enjoy water and not sweet liquids. She also still does bottles a couple of times a day right after her naps. They are only 6 oz though.

Casey - posted on 04/05/2010

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I am struggling with the same thing! My son started on a sippy cup at 6 months, but we didn't use it consistently between 8-10 months. When we started the transition at 10 months, he refused to drink from it no matter what we put in it! It's been 3 weeks now, and he'll take a few sips from it at meal times, but never more than 2 oz before he throws it on the floor. We use regular cups with no lids, too, and he usually takes just a few sips. I'm really worried, because I want him off the bottle by age 1, so he only has about 5 weeks to master the sippy cup! We've tried 5 different sippy cups, some without the no spill spout and some with it. We've put milk, water, and juice in it. I'm hoping he starts liking it again- I don't know when he got so stubborn! Any suggestions?

Kisun - posted on 04/05/2010

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I give her formula 3times a day in a sippy cup, she loves it.
I breastfed her till 3weeks ago, and she never liked milk bottles and she only drinks formula out of her cups and water with her meals.

Paris - posted on 04/05/2010

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PS....My little guy doesn't get formula any more either!! He gets straight milk and loves it!

Paris - posted on 04/05/2010

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This is just my opinion but I would start to break her of the bottle before it gets to a point where it's going to be hard to do. My little guy is 10 mo and hasn't had a bottle since he was 6 1/2 mo old!! He loves his sippys, and using big boy cups which is nice that I don't have to carry a bottle around with me..its ultimately up to you..just my opinion!

Pam - posted on 04/05/2010

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we have a 10 1/2 month old daughter too and started putting her formula in sippy cups last week, I bought the "born free" transitional one from superstore and she took it right away. she has other sippy cups that she drinks water from and when we tried to put formula in those she wouldn't take it. I also think the sooner they drink out of a cup, the better. I think it gets harder to break the older they get. good luck!

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I say start now..! If you want your child off the bottle by one!! My daughter does fine with a sippy but still takes bottles as well... BUT once she is one it's BYE BYE BOTTLE!!!!

Elizabeth - posted on 04/04/2010

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We recently switched to only sippy cups and she seems to do that okay. She does not like formula really anymore. Only in the morning and night. Other than that we do water and water juice mix in sippy. My eldest daughter would not take a sippy at all so it depends on the child. Good Luck!

Anastasia - posted on 04/04/2010

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It's all up to you. But also it should depend that if your lil baby is ready to get off the bottle. i mean for my son i started him on the sippy cup at 6months. cause thats when they say to start them on it. but then agian he is breast feed so i really dont have to worry about bottles he doesnt take one but he will have one if you offer it to him. But i hope what advise i could give you will help you out

Jacquelyn - posted on 04/03/2010

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My daughter will be 11 months on the 8th and she is off a bottle. We stopped giving it to her about 3 weeks ago. When she gets formula we put it in her sippy cup and the rest of the time she only gets water or a water/juice mix. Hope this helps! Good luck!!

Christina - posted on 04/02/2010

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I started giving my son a sippy at 5 month by the time he was 7 months he drank out of straw cups. The sooner the better

Amber - posted on 04/02/2010

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That is really up to you. Some people do not think that babies after a year should be getting bottles.

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