Help Transitioning from Bottle to Sippy Cup!

Kari - posted on 12/23/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I want to make sure my 15 month old daughter gets all the milk she needs, which is 16 ounces a day. Currently, I give her 4 ounces of milk in a bottle 4 times per day. She uses a sippy cup for water, and does ok, but there's no way she would get 16 ounces a day of milk out of a sippy cup. I know she's should only be using a sippy cup now, and no bottle, so any suggestions on what to do would be great! Also any ideas on brands of sippy cups that have worked really well for you would be wonderful. Thanks!

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Will she drink more than 4 ounces per feed? If so what may help would be to give two 8 ounce feeds than four 4 ounce feeds. Start with a soft sout cup like the Nuby ones, or a normal cup. My son's 12 months old and has been off bottles since 11 months old. He has a cup of milk with breakfast as well as milk in his cereal and occaisonally another beaker of milk through the day. Remember cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products count towards their calcium intake too not just milk.

Ericka - posted on 12/26/2010

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I would start her on the Nuby trainer cups. They come in a pack with three different nipple and you can gradually change them once she's ready and they will even tech her how to use a staw. My daughter is 13 months and has been on sippy cups since she was 10 month, The Nuby trainer cups work great.

Kim - posted on 12/26/2010

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I switched my 11 month old of her bottle last month. I bought the NUK cups that are soft like a bottle but shaped like a sippy cup. I thought my daughter would put up a fight like my now 2 year old but she took right to it. I give her 8 oz of formula in her sippy and she takes it without a problem. She takes 3 full sippy cups a day.

Patty - posted on 12/25/2010

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What if you try just a regular cup. Fill it only a little at first and give the rest in a sippy cup/bottle. She is old enough to handle a regular open cup and if she can tip she can sip out of one. I work in a child dev. center w/ just this age and they all drink out of an open cup. So if you supplement w and open cup and offer sippy and bottle I am sure she will get plenty of milk that she needs through out the day.

Stifler's - posted on 12/23/2010

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yeah i put 200mL in the sippy cup (or whatever is on your formula tin) and give it to him the same as a bottle, then next feed a bottle and i have the same ones for water between feeds. then gradually it was sippys at day and a bottle before bed and then just cut the bottle and gave him a sippy at bed time, he drank it just the same.

Amber - posted on 12/23/2010

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I put the same amount of milk in it that I would have put in a bottle; so, I was serving the same quantity every time. The cups are spill proof, so he got all of the milk.
I started out offering the cup every other feeding. At first, I never did it for his first feeding of the day while he was groggy, or his last feeding before sleep while he was winding down. All feedings in between were rotated between the bottle and sippy. As he got more comfortable with the sippy, I started to offer it more (and the bottle less). After a while we weren't using the bottle any more at all.

Kari - posted on 12/23/2010

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So, you gave them milk in a sippy cup on their 2nd feeding of the day, but the other feedings, you gave them milk? Then you just started doing sippy cups for all the feedings? Did they get as much milk from the sippy cups as they did the bottles?

Stifler's - posted on 12/23/2010

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Nuby ones that are like a bottle but with a sippy spout. I gave him one every second milk feed until he got the hang of it then gradually reduced the bottles to none and all sippy cup feeds.

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