Sippy cup help

Brittany - posted on 01/31/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 1/2 months old and doesn't seem interested in a sippy cup at all other than chewing on it. I've tried putting juice in it and he doesn't really seem to care for the juice either....any tricks or suggestions to help get him to drink from it?

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Mercedes - posted on 02/07/2011

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I tried my daughter on the nuby sippy cups that has the same rubber as a babies nipple. She would take milk, and juice from it. She never liked apple juice, so I did pear juice instead. Just give him alot of encouragement, and even try it yourself to get him to see its good to have nothing wrong with it. GTood luck tho :)

Samantha - posted on 02/03/2011

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never put milk in it... keep him on the baby bottles for milk and only give him juice in the sippys... i noticed that my son wants to relax with milk and play wit juice.

Nicole - posted on 02/03/2011

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Hi Brittany, is this your first try with the sippy cup? If so, that's his way of testing it out. When my son's pediatrician told me to introduce the sippy, he told me straight out that when he first gets it, he'll chew on it and play with it before he gets the hang of how to use it.

So don't worry, he's doing what he should be at his age. Just keep giving it to him and eventually he'll take to it. That's what I did with my son and not too long after, he took to it well.

Good luck!



Addition - If you only use juice to get him to like the sippy cup, that might be the only thing he'll accept in it. I would advise against that because it MAY backfire on you. When I did this with my son, it was either water or breastmilk.

Shereese - posted on 02/01/2011

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I wouldn't stress about it. He's still pretty young. Just keep offering them to him and begin remove the bottle from daytime offerings. I'm not sure what you put in his bottles but only putting milk and water in them and saving the juice for the cup is encouragement. Last, try different types of cups (ie. straws, different spouts) also remove the spill-protector from the inside. Sometimes this makes it to hard for little ones to suck. Good luck but don't worry he'll get it!

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Crissy - posted on 02/13/2011

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I have 4 boys 10, 6 ,4 and 3 months. I gave the 3 older ones a sippy cup as soon as they could sit up and hold their own bottle or cup. At first they weren't impressed but I added chocolate to their formula and they loved them and then I put whatever I wanted in the cup. My boys all broke themselves of the bottle by a year old if not before. Just because it says it in a book or your pedi says so doesn't mean it's the rules or law. Look at what our parents fed us and gave us and we all survived and drank whole milk from a cup before we were 1. Lots of good advice ladies!

Heather - posted on 02/09/2011

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He is old enough for a sippy. Lots of kids have problems transitioning. thats why i recommended the munchkin ones, they are sofft tops, like his bottle, yet they still require him to bite for the fluids, and they dont leak! i switched my son at 9 months. once he drank more than a few swallows out of one, i got rid of all this bottles that day. and gave him the sippy only. and then around 15 months i switched him to the hard top. the phillips avent. i got them at walmart and they are about 6$ each so a lil pricey but they're insulated and have elephants, or penguins on them. and he took those fine, and now he drinks from the take n toss spoungebob ones, those are the only ones i have ever got him to drink from. and i have tried every sippy at walmart lol. good luck!

Brittany - posted on 02/09/2011

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@Candyce- he already had 6 teeth in and he's almost 8 months old, and I want him used to using the sippy cup before he reaches a year that way it's not a huge switch when I take away bottles.

Jennifer - posted on 02/09/2011

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@Samantha....I completely disagree. I would recommend milk or water in the sippy cup. The goal is to not have any more bottles at a year. No one likes to see a toddler on a bottle. Eventually he will have to drink milk from the sippy, so the sooner the better. Weaning will be easier....otherwise you'll have a toddler who will only drink milk from a bottle and it will be harder to get rid of.

Jennifer - posted on 02/09/2011

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Don't worry, he'll get it. Just keep offering it to him. Put water in it instead of juice. Right now, it's an interesting toy. Eventually he'll figure out that he can drink from it. The more exposure you give him now, the easier it will be to put the bottles away on his first birthday and never look back. As a mom of five, trust me, just let him explore it for now.

Candyce - posted on 02/09/2011

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He seems a bit young for a sippy. Try again around his first birthday or when most of his teeth come in. My kid refused to give up his bottle until he was two and a half, though he did drink from a sippy once he turned one.

Blessed Be

Heather - posted on 02/05/2011

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I had to try MANY different cups.. before my Dr. recommend the Muchkin ones with the soft tops. He will still need to bite a lil, but its not really hard. this is all my son would take. when he got older i switched to the munchkin cups with the straws. good luck!

Brittany - posted on 02/02/2011

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I give him a little of the juice that is 40% less sugar and it's only one time a day to get him to try the cup. And I water it down 50/50...once he starts to drink from it good I plan to give less juice. Just trying to lure him in lol

Kristi - posted on 02/02/2011

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My daughter started on a sippy cup when she was around 8.5 months. When she was able to really hold her bottle herself is when I tried the switch. I had to buy a few different type of cups before we found one that she really liked. At that age we never gave her juice. Her doctor told us it has no nutritional value so theres no need to give it to her plus some juice has to much sugar. She always had formula and eventually water. She is now 18 months and I only give her juice once in a great while. She gets milk and water in her cups. Keep trying and eventually they will catch on and only want the sippy cup.

Brittany - posted on 02/02/2011

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Thank you everyone for your help! Tried a cup with the little rubber straw thing in it and success! So..YAY!! Thanks again!

Karen - posted on 02/02/2011

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I have to get my LO on a sippy too (because of palate surgury). He's 8 mths and there are a few that we've tried that worked OK. the NUBY is great because it's soft and it's closest to a bottle. There's also Born free (not spill proof) that has a longer spout like a bottle and is also soft. I have noticed that thereare 3-in-1 trainer cups (I'll be trying that next as we have to get him drinking well from a regular cup in a couple months). Anyways, try giving him the sippy at the same time -at meal times, for eg. (put a couple ounces of formula/breatmilk in it. It'll take about a week, but I'm sure he'll do great!

Heather - posted on 02/01/2011

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try diff kinds of cups and i would stay away from juice if i were you...stick to water / milk (breast milk or formula of course). Sometimes kids are picky about the spout on their cups but don't stress bout it, he is still young ;o)

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