Switching from bottle to sippy cup

Kelly - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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The dietician at the hospital told me I need toget my 20 month old off her bottle & drinking out of sippy cups. She will use a sippy, but she only "sips" out of it, to get any decent amount of liquid into her, it has to be a bottle. I can't allow her to go without her formula as she is on it to help her gain weight. (she doesn't eat well, her formula is almost her exclusive calorie intake)....any ideas on how to get her to take decent amount of formula from a sippy instead of a bottle???

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Cindy - posted on 11/04/2009

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Kelly, as a mother of 5, and grandmother of 12, I feel babies need a cup, no sippy, the sippy cup is like a bottle, and then getting her broke from that will be harder, I found, they drink more if they have a glass of milk at meals, and snacks, in between I let them have a cup of water, if it spills, its easy to whip up. plus, you will be shocked they like getting more out of a cup, with milk, then a sippy, or bottle.

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Judy - posted on 11/12/2009

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My pediatrician's nurse suggested putting water in the bottle, and formula and/or milk in the sippy cup. Store the bottle away so the baby doesn't see them. The baby may prefer the sweeter drink. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 11/05/2009

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Thanks everyone, I'll try all these suggestions....I do know she should be off the bottle already, but it's so hard when everything else goes to waste cause she can't/won't do more than sip. She loves drinking out of a cup, but if I let her do it herself, she spills it all over her own face & chokes on it :S, she likes straws, but still only sips at them....I will def. try the Nuby cups....Thanks again :D

Megan - posted on 11/04/2009

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they have sippys now that are like the rubber nipple of a bottle and that is what I used for both of my kids at first to get them started on a sippy! It worked wonders...i believe they are nuby....i switched both of my kids over at a year and they have been doing great!

Carley - posted on 11/04/2009

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When I switched my daughter over to get her to drink out of a sippy, I took out the plug that was in it. It was always supervised so that she wouldn't spill it or play in it...lol. But it's the way that I got her to actually drink out of it.

Amber - posted on 11/04/2009

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My daughter's 7 months old and took to her sippy cup right away. I bought a Nuby cup first, but she couldn't control the flow very well. I switched to a Nuk one, and she took to it right away. I guess it depends on the child. I do think that a straw one might work better, esp. since your daughter is older then mine. Good luck!

Monica - posted on 11/04/2009

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My son (11 months) doesn't really like using his sippy cup, he actually prefers drinking out of a normal cup. Maybe you can try giving her her formula in a normal cup and put one of those crazy straws in it. Might be messy, but it wouldn't hurt to try!

Alisa - posted on 11/04/2009

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You can buy slow flow nipples, if you don't have some already, and use those for awhile. She at this age should be wanting bigger gulps, and won't like working so hard to get it out of the bottle this way. At the same time make sure the sippy cup has a good flow to it so it will come out easier for her during this time, she will find herself gettin tired of trying to suck so hard to get it out of the bottle. You might try putting something not so pleasant in the bottle, and something always pleasant in the cup, she will soon figure it out for herself which one she'd rather have. Good luck!

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Quoting Angel:

The most perfect item to use for this transition is a Nuby soft spout sippy cup. They are found at Walmart. It is soft like a bottle nipple, but wider like a sippy spout with 3 slits in it instead of a tiny hole.


Angel, Thank you for mentioning the Nuby sippy! I've been looking at it for a while, but have put off getting one because I figured it was just another sippy cup. My 11 month old is starting to transition to a sippy, but is having trouble with the ones I have. Do you happen to know if you can use the Nuby for warm liquids too?



 



Kelly, I'm in the process of introducing a sippy cup to my son. He is still using a bottle, but is learning to use a sippy. What I plan on doing is once he's got the hang of the sippy cup I'll stop giving him bottles... after he's over the one year mark. With my older son (2 1/2), he went from bottle to cup. He would only use sippy cups when we were out and about. You can get cups that have a clear plastic concave lid with a hole in it. It's like a training cup. Perhaps your daughter would prefer one of those to the sippy.

Amber - posted on 11/04/2009

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I got my son off the bottle buy buying the Munchkin sippy cups they have the soft spout. I give my son that and since then i havent given him a bottle at first i mixed it like a bottle and transitioned him to whole milk and now he is off bottle and formula..Has now been for going on 3 weeks, all the bottles are put away! BTW i got the cups at walmart. you can buy them at amazon and ebay!

Malika - posted on 11/04/2009

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My daughter Makayla who is know six years old, drank from a bottle until she was 24+months. She just would not drink anthing coming out a sippy cup she would just refused. She got so bad that she did everything with the bottle hanging out her mouth. It took a weekend for me to get her to drink from the sippy cup, and what I did was just kept giving her the cup eventually she got thirsty enough that she drank from it. I say just wait until your ready to hear the crying and whining about the bottle but stands your ground and just give the sippy cup! I hope this helps.

Angel - posted on 11/04/2009

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The most perfect item to use for this transition is a Nuby soft spout sippy cup. They are found at Walmart. It is soft like a bottle nipple, but wider like a sippy spout with 3 slits in it instead of a tiny hole.

Sue - posted on 11/04/2009

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I don't know if this will help, but have you tried the sippy cups that have the straw in them. If she can drink from a straw try those types of cups.

Meaghan - posted on 11/04/2009

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My son who is 16 months only drank from his bottle I tried gradually transitioning from bottle to sippy but he insisted on the bottle. I decided to just give him the sippy and gave up on the bottle. when he didnt have a choice he soon adjusted to the sippy and now is doing great! good luck!

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