when should i introduce a sippy cup?

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Kayla - posted on 09/06/2009

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asap. offer the soft tipped one at first till your sure that they will take the harder ones.

Rebecca - posted on 09/03/2009

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I breastfed all my kids, and they went straight to the cup. There are softer sippy training cups.

Tanya - posted on 09/02/2009

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there is never a right or wrong time as long as you find the right cup. My kids were drinking out of a straw and a sippi cup at ages 7-12 mo's. The right kind of cup is the key. Find one that is closest to the strength of sucking it would take with a bottle with the plug in it. just dont leave it with the child un attended until they got the hang of sucking the right amount with out choking. That should be in no time. And make sure it's the rubbery protruding sippy lid to start with. Trust me girl it will be success!

Sandy - posted on 09/02/2009

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I have 2 girls ages 12 and 6. We never used a sippy cup. We used covered cups with straws and slowly removed the lids so they could drink out of a cup.

Veronica - posted on 09/02/2009

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I started my son with a sippie at about 5 months, I had to start with the Nuby brand from walmart. They are smaller, have handles, and have a soft nipple, similar to a bottle. By about 8 months that was all he would take. My problem was getting off the soft top sippy - he was biting the tops off - It took awhile, but he did get off of those by about a year and a half, it was just 2 days of heck - I didnt give him a choice just gave him the harder top cup.

Kristin - posted on 09/02/2009

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I started both my daughters at 5 months. My first took to it right away, my second took about a month to get the hang of it.

Shauna - posted on 09/02/2009

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Gerber recommends that when your baby can sit well on his/her own and reach for things, then that is the time to try and introduce the sippy cup. I read this today in my Gerber mail. My daughter is 5mth1wk. Good luck!

Talesha - posted on 09/01/2009

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I STARTED THE SIPPY CUP AT 7 MONTHS, I REALLY THINK IT IS UP TO YOU WHEN YOU THINK YOUR CHILD IS READY. GOOD LUCK

Michelle - posted on 09/01/2009

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My 1 year old just started using a sippy cup. He had a little trouble, and for a little while I gave him a bottle instead (he'd never had a bottle before either), but once he realized he could hold it himself he was happy.

I've never had trouble getting a kid "off" a sippy cup. When they are big enough not to spill I just give them a regular cup -- they don't care one way or the other.

Candi - posted on 09/01/2009

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I started my daughter on a sippy cup at 8/9 months old.. After that she didn't take her bottles anymore. Talk with your pediatrician if you are not sure your child is ready. Most recommend by 9 months to be off bottles and on the cup... Good Luck.. :)

Kimberly D. - posted on 08/31/2009

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When my 5 children were interested in a regular cup I would get them a sippy cup, it might make a difference if you nurse or bottle feed as to what kind of top that your baby will like as the other moms wrote try different kinds. I do like the nuby brand found at walmart Good Luck

Mary - posted on 08/31/2009

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i took my daughter off the bottle and straight to a sippy cup @ 7months old and she kept the sippie unfortunately until she was 3

Elissa - posted on 08/31/2009

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My son was 5 months old when we first introduced the sippy cup. At first he wasn't interested but we kept trying. After a while we would replace a bottle with the sippy cup. We have continued to do that so that now he only gets a bottle first thing in the morning and a sippy cup for all of his other drinking needs. Just like one of the other ladies stated try different sippy cups and let your child chose which one they prefer. We went through 4 different styles!! Good Luck.

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Typically it's around 6months that you introduce a cup. But you can do it as soon as your child seems ready. Also I would try a few different ones. Sometimes they only like that certain one. My son was 5 months old when he took his first one. I had him try several and let him choose his favorite.

Melissa - posted on 08/31/2009

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I started my kids around 8 months old and they were completely off the bottle at a year.

Teresa - posted on 08/31/2009

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I started all of my kids around 8 months. All took to it fine and were off bottles by one year....except my youngest!! For some reason he just spits it out and refuses to even try! So I leave a sippy cup out at all times and just give him a bottle occasionally to make sure he gets some fluids. So with the other 3, the sippy cup was an easy step to ensure the bottle was out the dorr by a year =)

Cassandra - posted on 08/31/2009

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I started my son using a sippy cup as soon as I could give him water.. about 5 or 6 months.. mostly b/c he wouldn't take a bottle... then again.. the whole sippy cup thing he had to warm up to.. (he's breast fed and yes.. he's still nursing...) he drinks out of a cup fine... the sippy cup is so he doesn't make a mess while doing it.. lol

April - posted on 08/31/2009

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I started my daughter around a year. I started her later because it was difficult for me to realize she was growing up so fast. She probably would have taken to it much faster if I had only tried.

Stephanye - posted on 08/31/2009

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I started my kids on the sippy cup @ 6mths(my son) and 8mths(daughter). Trouble is...........getting them off.

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