Advice on switching over from bottle to sippy cup

Johanne - posted on 11/26/2008 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son loves his bottle. He'll take water from the sippy cup, but not much at that. I've tried to put formula in the cup instead of the bottle and he just starts to cry.

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Brooke - posted on 11/26/2008

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hi johanne i just wanted to let you know to be very careful with the nuby cup and check them over every time my son actually bit the nipple off a few times they are very cheap. but i did find that the playtex soft spout cups are a very good transition from the nuby cups. good luck!

Johanne - posted on 11/26/2008

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Well ladies, I can't thank you enough for answering my question! For those of you who are needed to do this some time soon, just wanted to suggest something. I just went and bought a Nuby, no-spill cup. The spout appears to be better than the rest. It's a soft silicone spout, a bit bigger then the other types. I've got a feeling this may work better than the other kinds I've got. Wish me luck! I'll let you know how well it went :)

MaryJo - posted on 11/26/2008

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My first son was as just as attached to his sippy cup as his bottle. I just traded one problem for another. My second son never took a bottle (only breast fed, not sure if that helped) and he went straight to using a straw. Put your finger over the top on the straw with a little liquid in it and put it in his mouth. They pick up how to use it really quick.

Jerri - posted on 11/26/2008

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My 2 1/2 year old would not even take a sippy at all and then one night (shortly after his first birthday), he did and I just put away the bottles so he couldn't even see them. I told him they just went "bye bye" and we never had any issues again. Now I am dealing with trying to get him to drink from a regular cup, but he wont let the sippies go...so I will probably just wait until HE is ready again.

User - posted on 11/26/2008

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When my daughter was about 11 months she would throw her own diapers in the garbage can so one day when her bottle was gone I told her to throw it out and she did. When she asked for it later I told her 'it was gone that you threw it out' she cried for only a minute and then she was fine. Same thing worked with my son (even though he was a little older) Good luck

Ali - posted on 11/26/2008

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I've been in need of the same information. Wondering if this should be my mission over the T-day break!

Dani - posted on 11/26/2008

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We used the Bottle bunny! We said that other kids need to use theirs and that the bottle bunny will be coming, we put them outside, when they decided that they were ready (I have twins) and then after they went to bed , I took them put them in the trash and left them each a nice little gift on the porch for them to find..... it worked like a charm!

Misty - posted on 11/26/2008

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I broke my neice of the bottle, this way: We live on a Ranch and burn our trash, so I had her help me put all the bottles and nipples we could find in a bag. Took her outside threw them in the trash, and burned them. She watched them burn and never asked for a bottle again. I also heard of people burning the nipples in their fire place.

Laurie - posted on 11/26/2008

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I bought a couple different kinds of cups some with soft tips, some with handles, some with hard tips. I tried each kind and which ever one they make more of an attempt to drink from I gave it to them. Once I knew they got a drink out of their favorite "feeling" cup I hid the bottles and never went back. My daughter preferred a different style cup from my son but once they figured out which kind they liked it was over. Just stick with it, when they are little it only takes a couple of days for them to forget about the bottle. It took a couple days to get the right cup but it worked with both of my kids. Good luck!

Tessa - posted on 11/26/2008

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I am a mother of 4 my oldest is 11 and my youngest will be 3 in January. My best advice is be a bag. If you feel it is time to be done with the bottles then get rid of them and give him the sippy cup. You may have to deal with some tantrums and some tears(yours and his) but this is just the beginning of the power struggles. Be firm and when he gets thirsty he will drink out of the sippy cup.

Gretchen - posted on 11/26/2008

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When I first introduced the sippy cup, I didn't give it to her to drink out of' I gave her the bottle to drink and the sippy cup to play with for a few days so she could play with it and get used to the feel of it in her tiny little hands. When I started putting liquid in it, she was more comfortable with it. Throughout the day, I gave her the bottle and sippy cup a few times, and the other times, just the sippy cup. Also, if your child is old enough, maybe take him to the store and hold up a few sippy cups that you approve of, letting him make the final decision. Good Luck!!!

Angela - posted on 11/26/2008

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the best advice I got was to NEVER put cow's milk in a bottle. They have to learn that cold milk only comes in a sippy cup. Slowly start phasing out the bottle and only offering milk in a sippy cup. You could possibly even warm the milk to see if will help with the transition. It will probably take several days or even a week, but eventually they'll get used to it.

Oliviaj - posted on 11/26/2008

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When my son was 7months old he was taking the sippy cup well...it was the type with the soft plastic tip... that we just started giving him his milk in that every time... and then after 2 weeks we went to the avent hard tipped ones..I think this was the walmart brand... but the tip he could chew on it a little.. but after 2 weeks he didn't even notice the bottle was gone and he went straight to the avent cup... good luck

Serena - posted on 11/26/2008

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I took my daughter off the bottle at 11 months, she was not happy at all but after a few days she was fine with it and could care less about a bottle now

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