17 month old and sippy cups

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I have posted several times but I'm just getting really stressed out about my 17 month old not wanting anything to do with a sippy cup. I have tried every brand there is and all he does is cry until I break down and give him a bottle of juice. I need major help.

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Jaclyn - posted on 04/30/2009

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i see other moms have said the regular cup or the ones with straws. you could also try just a juice box or the sports bottles, they are like a real bottle and don't spill as much as a regular cup. I know its not totally off the bottle but it would be a start if he liked the sports/ water bottles.

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Heather - posted on 05/06/2009

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regular cup with no lid, and do't give in when you give in she learns that she has control and will get what she wants stick to what you tell her and don't give in, yeah she'll cry but whne she learns thay she can not control the situation she'll give up.

Angie - posted on 05/05/2009

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Maybe try a regular cup with a straw? At least you wouldn't have to worry about breaking the sippy habit later..

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I agree with everyone's suggestions. Here's something else you could try also. Get yourself one of those big insulated mugs with the thick straw. Try to get one that's clear so you can see what's inside. You drink from that and let him sip from your cup. Show him that his cup is the same thing, just smaller. Maybe if he is allowed to share in what Mommy is drinking, he might be happier about trying it in his own cup. This is what I had to do to get my son to drink water. It was the strangest thing how he would refuse and throw his sippy of water, but gobble mine up. So I'd let him have a few sips of mine, then replace it with his and after a few weeks he got it.

Linda - posted on 05/03/2009

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Brandy,

I have a 23 month old who went through the SAME THING LOL! no sippy just bottle.... a lot of people told me to "throw bottles out" yeah ok, that does not work, all it does is get you stressed out with a crying baby who wants a drink and now you have nothing to give him juice so you have to run to the store and get the bottles....:) what i did was let him watch me drink from a glass and he was always amazed by it, ... one day I called him over and I put the cup to his mouth and he got the idea of how to drink from a cup, yes i held it for him every time but he understood it....then I got him his favorite charachter (no sippy cup lid) the cups that just come with the cartoon on them with regular lids that you can put a straw through...his fav is diego...anyway... i put a little juice in it.. and he started accepting juice of course i held it still....then after some time... i took the hard straw the cup comes with and i put a little bit in it while i held the top of the straw i let the juice go slowly in his mouth so he knew that there was juice in the straw....i did that a few times throughout the day... i can now tell you that after three days, my son is drinking from a straw. Never from a sippy cup.LOL... just be patient it will come.:) :) Good luck hope this helps! :) ps...most important...dont worry if other kids are doing sippy cups just know that all kids are different and when you child is ready it will happen. :) :)

Kristi - posted on 04/30/2009

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He will not become dehydrated. Be strong-he will drink when he's ready. You are in a battle of wills with a toddler.

Kristi - posted on 04/30/2009

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Put some juice or water in the sippy cup and set it on the coffee table or whatever while he's playing then ignore it-he may just walk over and grab it. The bigger deal you make of it, the bigger deal he will make of it. You could also try making a ceremony or party of "mailing" his bottles & pacis to a baby in need, or tell him the Bottle/Paci Fairy will come pick them up when he's sleeping and leave him a small toy or something as a thank-you. Then she will deliver the bottles/pacis to a newborn baby who doesn't have any.

Angela - posted on 04/30/2009

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One thing you could try is I know when my 16 month old is in the tub she has cup that she drinks the bath water with and she thinks it the coolest game in the world and really got her interseted in her sippy cup. At first it was only a bath time thing but with a little bit of encouagement from me she really took to her cup out of the tub and she is now completly bottle free.

Rachael - posted on 04/30/2009

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Hi my daughter is the same dosent like the sippy cup and wil throw it away and cry looking for her botle till i give it to her. Im going to hold out a bit and just keep the sippy cup close buy and hope she will take to it on her own with encouragement from me. I understand its stressfull good luck let me know how it goes :) xoxoox

Cara - posted on 04/30/2009

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Have you tried giving him a NUBY sippy cup? It has a soft spout so it's not a huge difference from a bottle, but the shape of the spout is like a regular sippy cup. That's what I started my son on. Now I use the Gerber take and toss sippy cups. They are smaller so it's easier for him to use (he's 15 months). Have you made a fool of yourself when ever you can get him to take a drink out of it? I taught my son to hold his own cup doing that. Every time he took a drink I would yell and cheer and dance around the kitchen. After 1 meal of this, he was a pro at it! Kids want to please their parents, so make sure you are being really excited about it! And if he really starts to get upset, just move on to something else. Don't make it into a stressful time, or it will be harder. Just be sure to always offer his cup at mealtimes. He will surprise you...just wait! You could also make sure it's something yummy in the cup, milk or juice. Or sit down with him and drink out of a sippy cup yourself! Show him how it works! Hopefully one of these suggestions works for you both! Good luck!

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It's a battle of wills of you just can't let him win. Get rid of the bottles completely and then you won't be tempted to give it to him when he cries for it.

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Just a little update on my 17 month old and his sippy cups. Well this is day 2 of no bottle during the day time and he has yet to drink anything. He will get a bottle at bedtime but that is it. My head is hurting so bad from hearing him scream all afternoon. Am I going to go crazy?

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I offer him cups all the time but when he gets him he throws them at me, and yes he does have a pacifier and we are trying to get rid of it also.

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I also used the little plastic Wal*Mart ones, with a straw, so they don't spill. My little guy was done with bottles when my nephew was born, same sort of thing as the puppy thing ^up there^, new babies need bottles, not big guys. Does your boy also have a pacifier? Sometimes it is just the soft nipple that they like, the feel of it compared to hard plastic. Neither of my guys ever had a pacifier, and neither of them ever gave trouble saying goodbye to bottles. Maybe there is a connection there.

I don't know how well your guy will understand it, but if you don't have any, he can't have one, right? So get them out of the house. Then the option to give in isn't even there. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 04/28/2009

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All of my children had a bottle until they were two. Then they were cold turkey gone, "mailed" to a baby that needed them on their second birthday. At about 18 months though, I would not let them have a bottle except at bedtime or naptime. Meals, and throughout the day were the cup. You have got to be strong and not give in. Believe me he will eventually drink from the cup when he gets thirsty enough. My youngest favorite ones are actually the little plastic disposable ones that come in packs of 4 at walmart. Try not to stress but be firm :)

Jaime - posted on 04/28/2009

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Be strong. I know it is hard, but once you decide to take the bottle away, it should stay that way. At present time are you giving him bottles when he wants them? If so, taking the bottle away (in my opinion) should be a gradual process. Here is what I did with my girls and hopefully, it will work for you. I omitted all bottles except for nap time and night time. Once she got used to that, I took the bottle away during nap time, this just left one time for bottle-night time. When I decided it was time to omit the bottle altogether, we did it cold turkey. Luckily, at the time we had a friend who just got a new puppy. Before visiting the new puppy I explained to my daughter that the baby puppy needs her bottles as she is a big girl now and he is just a baby. She helped me pack them up in a plastic bag. When we arrived at my friend's house I told my friend that my daughter had a gift for the puppy. I then gave my daughter the bag of bottles to give to the puppy. My friend and I praised her up and down on how nice it was to give the puppy all of her bottles. She was lapping up all the attention. We got in the car and that is when she said, "Mommy, my baba's!" (that is what we called the bottle). I told her that the puppy is just a baby and the puppy needed them more as she is big girl now. We went home and she continued to ask for them. I then showed her the empty cabinet in which we kept all the bottles.That did it for her. Don't kid yourself we had some restless nights, but I knew giving her the bottle back would be disasterous. Instead of the bottle, we allowed her to have a sippy cup of water at night on her night stand,

Have you tried a sippy with a straw?

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It is hard. My little girl never gave us any trouble but the boy is a different issue. I give him the option between 2 different cups but I never can hold out. I guess I'm gonna have to lock myself in a room so I will not give him a bottle. lol

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Try going to a regular plastic cup with no lid. Just put a little milk or juice in it. And throw the bottles out. He may not want to drink but after a day or so he will. Kids get a lot of liquid from foods they eat so he should be ok.



Another thing my twin club mom friends have said in meetings is to make a big deal out of it - have a ceremony of sorts or a party to get rid of the binkie or bottle. Some do it at Easter saying the Easter bunny will take it away and leave something. Some do it on birthdays or other holidays. And others just plan a date and say this is when it will happen.



Regardless of what you do, you need to stay strong and not give in to the crying. No bottles. Walk away and ignore it.

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