my daughter wont drink from a sippy cup

Amanda - posted on 03/21/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I started giving my daughter a sippy cup with either water or apple juice in it about 1 1/2 months ago but she wont drink from it. I think she thinks its a toy and she just chews on the spout and swings it around like a toy. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get her to start drinking from it properly?

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Kathy - posted on 03/26/2010

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put the cup up and when she wants a drink have her sit in her high chair or table and drink if she thinks it is play toy she will only be more apt to play with it as she gets older. Give her a sippy cup with supervision and she will learn it is for her to drink right then.

Kristin - posted on 03/26/2010

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Give her what she's used to drinking and get rid of the bottles altogether. She can use the cup anytime. If you are breastfeeding, keep going with that but give her the cup during meal and snack times. Right now, it's just a toy and she is exploring ALL the things it can do. She will get it, just be patient.

Jessica - posted on 03/26/2010

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Here's what we did with our daugher. We bought her the kind that have handles on both sides so she could hold it. She did the same thing your daugher is doing by playing with it and chewing on it. One day I thought about trying to show her how to use it. I laid her down on the floor, had her hold the sippy in both hands and then put it to her mouth and said "take a sip". She didn't get it the first time, but after about 2 or 3 times of doing that with her, she got it. She would lay on me and drink her bottle, so I thought laying her down like I feed her would help, and it did. She figured it out and hasn't put the sippy down yet. Now she has graduated to the sippies without the handles because she knows how to use them :) I hope this helps :)

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I hope you don't mind that I look at your profile. Just wanted to see how old your daughter is. 7 months right? My advice would be to not worry about it too much. Let her play with it, but don't stress. Sippy cups are hard to drink from, have you tried it? My daughter didn't "get it" until she was 14 months (and I started giving it to her at 8 months). Babies just do things on their own time.

Amanda - posted on 03/21/2010

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thanks ladies! Yeah I think I'll try putting her formula in it for her 2 afternoon bottles cause I know once she is 10 months old those are the 2 bottles I'll switch out for whole milk so she can start the transition.

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2010

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My daughter is almost 8 months old and still does the same thing! She would spit out the apple juice or water and end up soaking herself. However, my daughter never took a bottle either. I got the Nuby brand that has a bottle-like sippy top on it so that it is more familiar. I would definitely try putting formula/breastmilk in it as well. What I did with my friends daughter that I keep twice a week is I took the pump valve out of it so she would know there was something yummy in there (she likes juice) and once she realized then I put it back in and she eventually got the hang of it...but this was a normal sippy cup. I just found out today that my daughter actually likes pear juice...she hated apple, prune, and grape. So I would maybe try a different type as well. Just keep introducing it to her every day and soon she will get more familiar with it. At this age, they chew on EVERYTHING and they just think it's a new toy....just be patient and hang in there!

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Hi! When we were trying to get our boys off the bottle, I put their warm milk in it as soon as they got up in the morning. This is when they would normally drink from their bottle so I knew they were very thirsty. They wanted the milk so bad they didn't care how they got it! Also, you may want to take the plastic valve out so it comes out a little easier. Once they used it and drank the whole cup, I threw away the bottles...we never went back :) They are both very stubborn and I was concerned they would be confused if we did the bottle AND the cup! Hope this helps :)

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