Sippy Cup dilemna

Dawn - posted on 07/30/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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So my daughter is 10 months today. Her Pediatrician wants her off her bottle at a year. I have been working with the sippy cup (mainly with juice) and she does pretty good (drinks about 1/2 of it usually). Tonight I tried formula and she was more interested in playing with it. I had to hold it for her to get anything. Does anyone have any suggestions on how you got your little one to drink from a sippy cup? I am just so darn frustrated.

Thanks in advance :)
Dawn

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Bethany - posted on 08/12/2009

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My daughter was the same way! I just finally got her to drink her milk out of her sippy cup. I have two different sippy cups that I use. She will drink her juice from the nubby cups and her milk goes in a starw sippy otherwise when she tastes that the milk in the nubby cup isn't juice she will throw the cup. If he can try using the straw sippy cup. Hope this helps

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Dorothea - posted on 09/12/2009

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i had to try a bunch of different sippy cups before finding that the cheapest lil ones were the ones he liked best, but im havigng the same problem he only drinks the juice outa them he still wants his bottle for formula or milk

Celeste - posted on 09/08/2009

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We are having trouble with the sippy cup. They leak and drive me crazy! I got my baby to take formula out of one once but not since then. Recently at a friend's house she gave my son her son's (clean) straw cup to try. She made "fishy" faces at him and picked it up in a few minutes!


We are also trying out sport bottle sippy cups which seems to be a success. He will drink water and not formula. But also he can't do a bottle independently (with out support in stroller, car seat) so maybe I just need to have faith that he will master the sippy cup eventually. I don't want to drop bottles cold turkey and go kicking, screaming and tantrumming.  I'm trying not to stress about it. We just keep practicing and also practicing with the Doidy cup (an open, slanted cup). -Celeste


Quoting Brandi:

My son will be a yr old on the 21st of Sept. and he has been using a nuby soft top sippy cup since he was about 7 months old...he normally just drinks water or juice out of it..normally when i put formula in it he pushes it away..i am taking him off of formula and on to Vit D Milk on the 7th of September, that is when my dr. suggests trying it..i hope that he will get adjusted to the milk and not miss the formula and take it from the sippy and not the bottle...i haven't tried the sippys with the straws yet..i didn't realize a 11 month old would understand to suck it out of the cup...is there an easy way to teach them this??? Thanks!


 

Christina - posted on 09/02/2009

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We took it away for a few weeks. The reintroduced it with ice water on hot days as a constantly available drink and our girl is fine with it now. The only negative is that sometimes she takes too much from the cup then spits water down her shirt.

Julie - posted on 09/02/2009

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At my son's 6 month appointment, his doctor asked if he was drinking out of a bottle, he had started refusing a bottle at about 5 months and still refuses it. He also wouldn't drink out of a sippy cup, so he was only getting breast milk. His doctor suggested that I try giving him an open glass! I thought she was crazy, I was not about to offer my 6 month old an open glass of anything! A couple weeks after that appointment, we were outside in the yard and he ate a piece of dried leaf. He wasn't choking, but a little of it was stuck in his throat, so out of desperation, I filled a small glass with water and offered it to him. It took a little time, but he started to get the hang of it, by the time we were done, he and I were both soaked, but the hard part was over. After that I got some of the Tupperware sippy cups, they aren't spill proof, but I think that was his complaint with the other sippies I tried. So now he will drink water out of his sippy cup, he doesn't really seem to like juice, even when I water it down. Jack wasn't ready until we had a situation where he really needed a drink, now he likes his cup, I just need to watch him with it so he doesn't dump water all over.

Angel - posted on 09/02/2009

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What do you do when the bottle is part of the bedtime and nap time routine. I have always given the bottle and then rocked and my son knows it is time to sleep. What will I do now without a bottle?? I just don't know how I am going to calm him and get him to relax for bed without it. He gets upset after the lights go out until I sit with him and give him his bottle. Do I just put him down and let him be upset or should I try to hold and rock and comfort with a sip cup which will probably make him even mader?

Brandy - posted on 09/01/2009

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All of my kiddos were real easy to bottle break...I took the bottle cold turkey though. My son who is my youngest and almost a year old now learned very early on due to having a 2 year old sister who walks around with a sippy cup too. I would just give him watered down juice and let him have that and then about a week ago I started putting milk in is sippy and he loves it. He hasn't really cried for a bottle at all.

Angel - posted on 09/01/2009

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I know I feel the same way. I introduced the cup at 6 months like the doctor told me too and at first he seemed to like it. Got some good kodak moments too. But he has taken a turn for the worse. He just hates it and when he sees it coming he starts that puckered lip face and pushes it away and yells...Should I give him one to play with during the day with or without anything inside of it. I was thinking of giving him a cup filled with water and maybe as he plays he will get the hang of it but he will probably just let the water drip out onto the floor and run his fingers through it???

Angel - posted on 09/01/2009

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Love the ideas but my son only bites and chews the straw. I am also having problems getting him to drink from the sippy cup. Should he be drinking at a fast pace or just little sips here and there?? I am trying to switch back and forth at nap and bedtime between sip cup and bottle but as soon as I put the sip cup to his mouth he just freaks out on me?

Brandi - posted on 08/31/2009

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My son will be a yr old on the 21st of Sept. and he has been using a nuby soft top sippy cup since he was about 7 months old...he normally just drinks water or juice out of it..normally when i put formula in it he pushes it away..i am taking him off of formula and on to Vit D Milk on the 7th of September, that is when my dr. suggests trying it..i hope that he will get adjusted to the milk and not miss the formula and take it from the sippy and not the bottle...i haven't tried the sippys with the straws yet..i didn't realize a 11 month old would understand to suck it out of the cup...is there an easy way to teach them this??? Thanks!

Christine - posted on 08/31/2009

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Mine won't drink formula from a sippy cup either, just juice. I think it'll maybe be easier once they're drinking milk because it's not as thick as formula. And if your baby still won't drink milk from a sippy cup, she won't die if she is still using a bottle at one. I don't know why pediatritions rush babies off bottles these days. If they don't take a sippy cup well then they're obviously not ready...give her a couple of weeks of trying both and she'll eventually transition in her own time. Good luck!

Rebecca "RL' - posted on 08/30/2009

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Hang in there. When you don't give her any other options, she'll eventually take it. My son loves cold ice water in his, so he drinks alot during the day. He does NOT like the hard mouth sippies so we are starting with the soft ones and he transitioned well. Occasionally I will give him the hard ones and he figures it out, but doesn't drink as much.

Dawn - posted on 08/28/2009

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Thank you everyone for all your suggestions!!! :) I feel as though we have regressed as she basically pushes away her sippy (whether it be the NUBY type, straw type, anything). It's very frustrating. The cup can have juice or water in it and she doesn't want it. I seriously have spent so much time stressing about this (have actually shed some tears). Many mothers that I know can't believe she won't use a sippy yet. I'm just still offering it whenever she is in her high chair. She honestly seems more interested in playing with it. I introduced the cup around 6-7 months so I am just trying to figure what I have done wrong. I know every baby is different but I just don't understand it. She is not really attached to her bottle either. Could she just not be ready??? Sorry, to vent. Just so darn frustrated.

Thanks all!
Dawn

Sarah - posted on 08/28/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

WOW! all these ideas are great! i think I will try a sippy with a straw for my baby. He'll drink anything out of any sippy, but the formula/milk i mix half and half he wont drink much of in a sippy. Once he takes a sip, he makes a dirty look, and drops it! lol
I think ill try that very soon! Great info everybody, thats why i love this group! Everyones babies are the same age and we can all help eachother with our problems:)



Sounds to me like its the milk then, not the cup! Try soymilk.. its much better for them than cows milk anyways!

User - posted on 08/27/2009

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I tried so many sippy cups with my daughter. Then she learned how to drink from a straw so we also bought her straw sippy cups. We have never had a problem since. Now my son just uses the straw type too since that is what we have.

Caryn - posted on 08/26/2009

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Some babies won't be as accepting to a new cup with their "old" formula. My son isn't and my plan for him is once he is weaned off of formula all bottles are gone. I am weaning formula to milk in the bottle but once we are at 75%milk 25%formula its all going to the cup and hopefully that will help with the transition.

Carley - posted on 08/26/2009

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my son turned 11 months old yesterday we started giving him a sippy cup here and therea round 6 months with just water... Yesterday tho we took ALL the bottles away and bought a bunch of sippy cups the cheapest ones I could find with handles... I gave him one in the morning and he did great with it.. I sat and held it with him but that's what I did with the bottles too... We decided to do it that way because I'm 32 wks pregnant and we didn't want him to take the baby's bottles once he comes if he has to have one.

Angel - posted on 08/21/2009

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My son only gets a bottle with formula in the morning and the evening. Other than that, I give him juice, water and milk (his doctor told me I could give him some). Try doing something like that...

User - posted on 08/17/2009

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Hi there!
Not sure if anyone mentioned this already but try the NUBY sippy cup with a straw. At first my 9mth old baby girl just played with the straw but then got the hang of it and at 10 mths she loves it! Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 08/17/2009

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WOW! all these ideas are great! i think I will try a sippy with a straw for my baby. He'll drink anything out of any sippy, but the formula/milk i mix half and half he wont drink much of in a sippy. Once he takes a sip, he makes a dirty look, and drops it! lol
I think ill try that very soon! Great info everybody, thats why i love this group! Everyones babies are the same age and we can all help eachother with our problems:)

Jaci - posted on 08/16/2009

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you might want to try a soft tip sippy cup first because it is more like a bottle. my daughter had no problem with a hard tip sippy cup with juice and water but as soon as i put formula in it she just played with it or pushed it away, then i went out and got a soft tip that was more of a sippy cup then bottle and she liked it. i think it is Munchkin brand.

Erin - posted on 08/12/2009

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Hi! I have also been fighting with this issue with my daughter who is almost 11 months! I have tried 5 different cups! She will drink juice out of any of them, but the milk was a problem. I taught her to drink from a straw and she LOVED it! So I bought one of the munchkin sippy cups with a straw and she loves it and will drink her milk out of it! We are now down to just 1 bottle a day! Hope this helps!

Rebekah - posted on 08/12/2009

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I couldn't get my son to do formula from a sippy cup. Now that he's 11 months, I've been transitioning to milk, by mixing milk in the formula and I found that my son prefers the sippy cups that have straws. Had no problem switching from a bottle after that. Bottles have been for over a week now. Hope to have him completely on milk by his birthday. Doing it little by little.

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WOW . . .that's and interesting idea . . . I hope she's not putting milk in the bottle becasue the thought of milk and lemon juice is just horrible!!!! LOL

Shannen - posted on 08/11/2009

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i was just at a friends house tonight...that told me that she weined her son off of the bottle, by dabbing lemon juice on the nipple of the bottle.....& then when she pulls away from it, because of the taste.....hand her the sippy cup! it's kind of a cruel idea.....but she said it worked within a week...& now her son will have NOTHING to do with the bottle!

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It took awhile (a few weeks) of playing around with the sippy but then we went on vacation and we only used the sippy for juice and formula and he really got it then. He still soemtimes needed help holding it right but now is fine. However, he doesn't take his sippy at daycare, and they said that's normal becasue he sees all the other little kids with bottles and wants his bottle. So we do sippy purely at home!

Danielle - posted on 07/31/2009

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I have given up trying with the sippy cup that you have to tilt because my son does not even care to try, what has worked for us is using a sippy cup that has a straw.It is working like a charm for us, however he was and still is breastfeeding so that may make a difference but it is still worth a try.

Shannon - posted on 07/31/2009

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my son is still breastfeeding but I am in the process of weaning. I really wanted to wean him straight from breast to sippy cup.... so I started with water in the sippy cup... but he didn't get it.... after trying many types of sippy cups he finally liked and drank from the avent ones. After giving him water a few times so he got used to it i started giving him formula mixed with breastmilk (he would not take straight formula so i had to slowly decrease the amount of breast milk/ formula). Now he is doing really well and likes drinking from it. In fact I left him at Grandma's and gave her a bottle to give him and he would not even drink from the bottle but only from the sippy cup! lol

Melissa - posted on 07/31/2009

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My son has no problems drinking water from a sippy cup. He has been doing it since 6 months old. I just don't know how to break the bottle and do the formula in the sippy. I think I am just going to break him entirely of the bottle and put milk n his sippy after he turns 1.

Melissa - posted on 07/30/2009

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What we did with my little one was to just start giving her one to "play" with throughout the day. It took her about 2 weeks to really grasp the whole concept to where she drinks out of them consistently. But now, she LOVES her cups!

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