How do you get your child to take a sippy cup?

Jaime - posted on 11/16/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have a 2 1/2 year old son. He refuses to use a sippy cup. He will use the learner sippy cups that have the soft nipples on them. For 2 full weeks, my husband and I would not give him the learner cup and only offered him sippy cups. He threw temper tantrums and we figured after a while he would get thirsty and just have a drink out of it. This was not the case, he was angry and refused the sippy cup. I feel terrible for doing this to him. Also I can't get him to go to bed with out having his soy milk before bed. This is bad for his teeth because soy milk has more sugar then regular milk. He is allergic to milk. I know that it is a comforting thing for him but I also don't want it to affect his teeth in a bad way.
Does anyone have any suggestions for either of these issues?

Thanks!!!!!

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Bonnie - posted on 11/16/2011

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Sorry to hear that. Yeah sleep is very important. Have you mentioned this to the doctor?

Jaime - posted on 11/16/2011

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We have tried to give him milk 25-45 minutes before bed but he just won't go to sleep with out it in his hand. We did try water for a while but just ended up being awake until 2-3 in the morning having tantrums and my husband and I both work full time jobs, I can't work on 2 hours of sleep

Bonnie - posted on 11/16/2011

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Keep being persistent with the sippy cup. I know it hurts you, but he knows you will eventually give in. We had the same issue with ours boys when they were younger except we introduced sippy cups at 8 months.

As for the soy milk at bedtime issue. Maybe try giving it to him 30 minutes to an hour before bed, so at least this way you are able to brush his teeth before putting him to bed. This may also take some getting use to.

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