How do you break your child from the sippy cup?

Jessica - posted on 06/16/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My daughter is almost 3 and she will not give up her sippy cup. I think its her security item because she has to have it wherever she goes. I cant get her to drink out of a cup or a straw. What are your suggestions?

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Shaunta - posted on 06/17/2009

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Put the good stuff in the regular cup (like juice & milk) and use the sippy cup for water. He'll catch on pretty quick that if he wants the good stuff he have to use the big cup. Hope this helps!

Dorta - posted on 06/17/2009

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keep the big cups at the table, This is one o;f those things just like a bottle to cup. If you want it to be quick and easy wash all your sipy cups and hide all the lids. Now they big cups in the sippy. only give juice at table. In big cups. and stick to your guns. dont give in and keep moving forward.

Timmi - posted on 06/17/2009

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I used the fun straws method to get her to give it up. She loved them! Also she was only allowed to have water in the sippy cup. And up until recently she still got a sippy cup to take to bed. Now she has a sports bottle to take to bed. I think the biggest thing about the sippy cups is that you can take them with you everywhere, that big girl cup I have to stay at the table with isn't so much fun. You might think of that too, maybe keep all cups at the table.

Jessica - posted on 06/16/2009

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We introduced a regular cup when my son was almost 2 and he will drink out of both a sippy cup and a regular cup. I would just keep introducing the cup to her and show her how you drink out of a regular cup.

Jessica - posted on 06/16/2009

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Thank you so much for your suggestions. My daughter can drink out of a cup because she has before and she plays with one in the bathtub and experiments with it so I know that she can just like your son and I completely agree on what you said about them being more independent and doing big kid things in other areas because thats true for her so thank you soo much for all your help. I really appreciate it. ~Jessica

Jenny - posted on 06/16/2009

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My son is 3 and a few months and he only wants to drink out of a sippy cup as well. I know he can drink out of a normal cup because I've seen him do that. I haven't pushed the issue but for certain drinks like smoothie I tell him he has to drink it in a cup and let him pick out the straw. I think if the child is independent and/or doing "big kid" things in other areas this will just phase itself out. In my humble opinion. Your daughter will likely see other kids not using a sippy at some point and want to try other things. Our family has even tried buying other types of bigger kid cups and they never get used. He only wants one kind of sippy. You could buy different straws and have her use those or try placing regular cups down at her level and have her get them and once a day get to fill it up. The other idea is to have her use a regular cup when brushing her teeth and let her start by drinking a sip of water from the cup then let her mess with the cup a bit. Try and make a connection that that's a big girl thing to use such a cup. Hope these are some new ideas for you! jenny~

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