My 14 month old will not drink from a sippy cup

Cathy - posted on 12/07/2008 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi Everyone:



My 14 month old refuses to drink anything from a sippy cup. I think i've tried every one there is. She prefers to use it as a teether and just bites on the tips. I've tried to get her to hold her own bottle and feed herself but she refuses that too. Any suggestions?

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Jessica - posted on 12/07/2008

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Have you tried a variety of cups? Both of my kids prefer the Nuby cups- the spout is soft silicone. They much preferred those spouts to the hard plastic spouts found on other sippys. I also went cold turkey- just got rid of all of the bottles when the formula was done and their only choice was to use the sippy. It took a day or two, but when they realized that I wasn't going to give them a bottle, they took to the sippy pretty quick.



Also, the previous poster who suggested using a cup with a straw also had a good idea. My son went quickly from sippy cups to only cups with straws based on the advice of his speech therapist (we were trying to build up the muscles in his mouth and the straw cups were better for that.)

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Have you tried a straw? My son drank from a straw long before he took a sippy cup. Especially when we went out to eat, we would get him his own drink with a straw like everyone else, and he eventually wanted to hold it on his own like everyone else. Straws aren't so chewy as sippy cups, and they look more like big-person cups!

Jocelyn - posted on 12/07/2008

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don't worry so much. eventually she will get it and remember that no child will let themselves starve or "die" of thirst. if she is thirsty enough, she will get it.

Jenna - posted on 12/07/2008

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Although they are designed for older kids...consider the Playtex Coolster Sipster. It resembles a coffee cup we would drink from, but it is valved. My kids liked the Nuby soft spouts after the bottle but the Sipster was a favorite among friend's kids. Good luck!!

Karen - posted on 12/07/2008

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My son wouldn't take bottles or sippy cups. I got a SIGG and a Klean Kanteen bottle and he loved them. SIGGs come in great colorful picture options for kids and he was fascinated with it - carried it around. We also helped it along when he still was unsure about water or milk out of these bottles. We added a bit of chocolate milk (to milk) and a bit of juice (to water) and that finally got him drinking himself. Now he'll drink straight whole milk and plain water just fine.

Melissa - posted on 12/07/2008

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Have you tried a straw sippy cup? I know it sounds crazy, but my 11 month old wouldn't drink from spouted cups or feed herself a bottle, she would put her hands around it, but not tilt it up. The straw cup worked on the first try and she is a pro. In the long run its great because dentists prefer strawed cups for teeth benefits. Anyway hope it helps if you have not already tried it!

Clarisa - posted on 12/07/2008

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I really don't know if I can help but I had the same problem and one day I just had enough and I took every single bottle out of the house (every last one) I filed up two sippy cups and left one on each end of the room and just left them eventually he got the hint if he wanted something to drink he had no choice but to pick up the sippy cup. It may sound cruel but it didn't take but a few hours and I never had problem again. Good luck I hope you resolve this soon:)

User - posted on 12/07/2008

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I agree with Debbi, my eldest never wanted the sippy cup either, went straight to the cup, try giving her quater of a cup beverage to drink and see how it goes!

Becky - posted on 12/07/2008

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i tried a bunch of cups too, and then one day i was drinking chocolate milk and i gave my dd a taste with a spoon and of course she really liked it and then i put (with her watching) the choc milk in her sippy and presto from that day forward she would drink from it.

hth

becky

Gisele - posted on 12/07/2008

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My son never drank from a sippy cup, he used it as a teether as well. He took to drinking from a straw very easily though. They sell cups with lids and straws, might want to try those. I would pinch the straw at first cause liquid comes out very quickly, but before I knew it he was drinking on his own. Good luck.

Susie - posted on 12/07/2008

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My son loved the Platex cups with the built in straws. He liked sucking on the straw versus trying to get anything out of a sippy cup, and I tried everyone.

Jessie - posted on 12/07/2008

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have you tried only putting juice in the sippy cup? My daughter had a hard time switching over also so we would only put juice in it until she would take it on her own, then we would put milk in it and she did just fine....also with our second as soon as she turned one we threw out all of the bottles so she had no choice but to use the sippy cups (we used the nuby ones that were soft and a lot like bottles).

Cathy - posted on 12/07/2008

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Thanks debbi for your quick response. I don't think there is too much pressure on us "young mom's". I asked the question to see if there was something else i could try.

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My daughter didn't care for sippy either - she went to the normal cup. She wanted a cup like mom!!!

Debbi - posted on 12/07/2008

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Chill out about it. She may even bypass a sippy cup and go straight onto a normal cup. One thing is for sure, she won't be drinking from a bottle in time to come. Too much pressure is put on you young mums these days..Debs x

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