At what age is a good time to start with a Sippy Cup??

Danielle - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 50 moms have responded )

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Hi my hubby and I are back and forth about when to start our 6 month old son on a sippy cup. What are your thoughts??

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Maria - posted on 03/23/2010

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We also started teaching our son how to hold and use a sippy at 6 months and now that hes a year hes a pro and only gets 1 bottle a day at bed time

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Shannon - posted on 03/30/2010

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I would go closer to a year. Its too much at once. They may end up choking. You'll know when its right.

Moet - posted on 03/29/2010

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WELL I STARTED RIGHT AROUND 9 MONTHS WITH MY DAUGHTER....AS SOON AS HER TEETH BEGAN TO COME IN AND SHE WAS ABLE TO DRINK FROM A REGULAR STRAW IT WAS TIME....TRY TO GET THEM AWAY FROM THE BOTTLE BEFORE THEY START TO RUIN THEIR TEETH...

Dora - posted on 03/29/2010

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We started our son at 8 months old. Different times throughout the day. When he turned 12 months old he was only using a sippy cup during the day. After approx. 1 month he was also using the sippy cup at night. We wanted to make it a smooth transition. We didn't want him to hate it to the point he would fight us on it and throw temper tantrums. It worked great for him.

Jessica - posted on 03/29/2010

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LiliAnn was completely off the bottle by 7 months. Really wasn't a hard transition for her either, which was so nice!!

Amanda - posted on 03/29/2010

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I took my daughters bottle away from her at 6moths of age. and she never looked back. Was pretty easy for me.
~Amanda~

Kristina - posted on 03/28/2010

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As soon as he or she can hold their own bottle, it's time to start on a sippy cup

Crystal - posted on 03/28/2010

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we took my daughter off slowly around 6months transitioning using the silicones sippy cups was easier by 11months she was down to one bottle of water but only if she woke up in the middle of the night. we keep telling her when she turned 1 no more bottle by 12 months we throw the bottle away and she was fine

LaNina - posted on 03/28/2010

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I think 6 months is a little to early to strat a baby on the sippy cups. I started all my kids on cups at 8 months. And when you do take him off use the hard tops the ones with the nipples like the bottles are not good for kids at all

Jessica - posted on 03/28/2010

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my daughter started with a sippy cup as soon as she was able to hold on to her bottle, and she's been bottle broke ever since her first b-day. The faster you get that bottle away the less likely they are going to be attached to it!

Debbie - posted on 03/28/2010

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when your son is able to hold the bottle himself you could then try him with a breaker but be careful which one you choose as some are very hard to drink out off esp the drip free ones!

Hani - posted on 03/28/2010

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bout 6 monthes but he didnt drink from it he just played with it til bout 8-9monthes :)

Teresa - posted on 03/27/2010

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if their able to hold it 6 months is fine. if not try again in a month or two.

Alexis - posted on 03/27/2010

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Everyone has their opinion but I've tried alot of them and the best I could find is the ones that DO NOT have the insert. The inserts are hard to clean and break easier than the ones w/ the insert built in. Definately try it!! I fell in love after I found them. They have some w/ Mickey Mouse, Tinker bell, and other styles... Try the soft tip first to get him used to it. It's easier to transition from bottle to soft tip.

Alexis - posted on 03/27/2010

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6 months is a good age to start introducing the cup to him. I wouldn't take the bottle away for nutritional reasons, but definately give it to him and let him play with it and get used to it. You do not want to wait until 12 mo. b/c by then he may attached to the bottle and it will be harder to take it away.

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2010

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we started out 6mo old boy a couple weeks ago. He doesn't seem to like to do anything but chew on it. But we are working on it anyway. the one with the rubber nipple is the best because they can chew on it. Stay away from the hard plastic mouth ones for starters.

Barbie - posted on 03/27/2010

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I didn't start my son on a sippy cup until he was around one, but i also got him completely off bottles at one as well.

Michelle - posted on 03/27/2010

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I started at 6 months I hear that the sooner you intruduce it the easier it is to wean off the bottle. I also only put Juice and or water in it no breastmilk or formula. He just turend 7 months and he is getting the hang of it pretty quickly

CECELIA - posted on 03/27/2010

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6 months is a good time to start, you will see that it's very easy. A child will always want something new, the only thing I can tell you is you might have to try different ones because he might not like the hard top ones. I hope that helps

Heather - posted on 03/27/2010

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We started around 6 months with just water but had to try several different types. There are several that make it too difficult for a baby to get anything out of. Once we had one he liked he picked up on it really quickly and it made it easy to wean off the bottle completely by 8 months....now to get rid of the binky! (he is down to just at night and nap)

Kristen - posted on 03/26/2010

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The best time I would say, is to wait until they're able to hold it up themselves. We introduced my daughter to a sippy-cup when she was 6 or 7 months. My doctor also recommended starting with the straw kind of sippy-cups. It apparently makes the transition somewhat easier for them.

Stacy - posted on 03/26/2010

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What is the rush? It is your family decision. You will find families who started their kids early and those who did it after their kids are 1. So really what do you and your husband want to do? If you are breastfeeding, do you need or want to stop? If you are doing formula, do you need or want to stop that? Are you planning to but your milk of choice in the sippy? Whatever you decide, there is no going back. Do you think your son has the dexterity to start? I know more questions than answers. I guess I am a Mom who breastfeed way beyond my daughters first year and she was a HUGE eater. So much so that I had to put some cereal in her breastmilk because I just couldn't keep up. The thing is so many doctors pushed the over a year thing that I did my best to give her the best start possible! Talk with your peditrician about your concerns.

Stacey - posted on 03/26/2010

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We started out son around 5-6 months with juice and water then by the time he was 12 months he was off bottle completely. I think 6 months is a good age. We use the nuby cups with the soft top.

Angie - posted on 03/26/2010

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as soon as mine were able to hold it themselves i gave them a cup usually around 6 /7 months

Lynnsae - posted on 03/26/2010

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to me it doesn't hurt to try it out at 6 months. I'm not sure if your breastfeeding or bottle but my son really wasn't all about the bottle never liked to hold it. so i decided that i should give him a sippy i tried so many and found that he really like the sippy with the straw and sure enough at 10 months i couldn't even offer him a bottle casue he refused to want it.

Jane - posted on 03/26/2010

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if a baby can sit up stable, you can start offering the sippy cup, however, you should take away the bottle until around 1 year old (give or take a month) because they need to get the nutrition they get from their formula. If they are breast feeding, again...sippy cup is OK but don't rely on it for nutrition but rather to teach them how to drink from it. Fill it with water...it doesn't make a mess, it teaches them how to drink from a cup and they're not reliant on what's in that cup for food.

Deborah - posted on 03/25/2010

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Just like most of the posts, I started my son at 6 months and he was off the bottle at 1 year. I am now starting my 6 month old daughter and hope to get the same results. Or you can take a cup of water or formula in a cup with a straw to help them get the sucking of something other then a bottle.

Toni - posted on 03/25/2010

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My daughter was drinking out of a sippy by six months. I found it made it alot easier to wean her off of the bottle

Chantel - posted on 03/25/2010

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I started with the sippy cup at 12 months simply because that's when they are taken off of the formula. Now there are some sippy cups that I started using made by nubi that Wal-Mart sells that are really good for in the beginning because the nipple is similar to the bottle but only use those for a month or so because they don't last too long and you want to avoid giving him a sippy cup at bedtime.

Tami - posted on 03/25/2010

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i am a single mommy of 2 one is age 10 & one is age 4 & when my first one was 6 months old and the pediatrician said to start him on a sippy cup cuz they should b off the bottle by a year

Louise - posted on 03/25/2010

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I started my sons on sippy cups when i started them on solid food. I put juice or water in the cups and they had them only at mealtimes. The earlier you get them established on themeven if you have to hold it for a bit the less hassle you will have getting rid of bottles.I now have my son on only 1 bottle at bedtime and juice or water in the day. In a few weeks i'm going to try to get rid of the bottle and replace it with milk in a sippycup!

If one type of sippycup isn't working though try another. My first son loved the first one i bought him but my second went through 6 before we found one he could drink from properly

Lyn - posted on 03/25/2010

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my second daughter wouldn't take a bottle ever, from anyone, of anything including breast milk. Out of desperation her caregivers (with my approval) offered her one at 4 months and after that I never had to cut a meeting short to run over to the (not so close) on-site day-care for feedings. She is now 15 and her braces haven't been any more of an ordeal than her sister who went straight from bottle to ordinary cup ;)

Kara - posted on 03/25/2010

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Hi Danielle! We started our son on a sippy cup at 4 months. It had two handles, and a soft spout. But only for diluted juice or water. We still put the formula in a bottle until he was 11 months. Then we switched to milk, and that went in a cup. The doctor said we should start introducing juice/water at 4 months, and my grandmother had said "you should never put juice in a bottle, and never put formula in a cup" so that's how we did it :) And he was fine with it! But I say it's whatever you and your husband are comfortable with! And what your son likes.

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Try it. (And if you can borrow a few different kinds from friends to see what might work best).
The worst that can happen is he refuses. Without the opportunity to try it though he will more likely resist the change later. He might surprise you and take to it really fast or he might take a couple of months to warm up to it.

We started our son at 6 months with the advent soft spout sippy cup. I would say it was probably a month before he was drinking from it consistently.
We would offer it with a bit of milk (I pumped) or a bit of very watered down pear or prune juice. For the first bit he would only take a sip or two and be done with it.
As he got older (and we hit the heart of summer) and he was more mobile he started drinking out of it constantly and without issue.

Good luck!

Heather - posted on 03/25/2010

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We started our daughter at 6 months to get used to it, she has to be off the bottle at 12 months which is only 2 weeks away and she loves her sippy cup when we sit down for dinner.

Adhrua - posted on 03/25/2010

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Introduce a regular cup at 6 months ...don't force but start with little water or juice and you child would go straight to using cup or glass

Tiffany - posted on 03/24/2010

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I started both of my boys and my niece on a sippy cup at 6 months old. They were still given bottles at bedtime and naptime, but during the day as they played I gave them a sippy cup to try to drink from and get used to. To make it more enticing I would put half apple juice and half water so they had some flavor but I didn't have to worry too much about stains if it leaked a little.

Michelle - posted on 03/24/2010

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we purchased the ones with the two handles on them and our daughter started using it around 4 months she is now 11 mo and only has the bottle for bed time for the most part, unless her dad is home he is a big softy and lets her have the bottle if their is any leftover milk when she gets up

Shannon - posted on 03/24/2010

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i think as soon as they can hold one both of my children was off the bottle on there first birthday bacause i already gave them the cup .it made it so much easier.

Patti - posted on 03/24/2010

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This is what I was told 6-8 months start letting them try drinking from a sippy cup(still giving them a regular bottle too) because they are supposed to be off the bottle by 12 months. However you are getting this info second hand from a mom who had a 3 year old still drinking from a baby bottle.. Finally he weaned himself around 3- 3 1/2 .

Susan - posted on 03/24/2010

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We started around 6 months I guess when she could start having water. We only put water in it and just left it with her while she played to try to get her used to it. She hated it for quite a while, then started to occasionally take it. It wasn't till we started the transition to milk right before her first birthday that she really started using it consistently.

Amber - posted on 03/24/2010

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We started at 6 months and had her completely off bottle at 11. We started with the ones with a soft top that could go on a bottle, I believe they were Nuk. :)

Jacqueline - posted on 03/24/2010

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I OFFERED both of my girls a sippy at six months. I never forced them to use it. I gave the sippy only at meal times and the bottle was during snuggle time...before nap, bed etc.

Melissa - posted on 03/23/2010

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6 months is a good start! We started at 6 months with sippy, tried hard spout, he wouldn't have it. Tried again a month 1/2 later with soft spout, took to it right away, that is all he has now. No more bottles!

Bethany - posted on 03/23/2010

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Possibly around the time you start feeding you baby solids, he/she will probly need help to hold it for a while. I think thats when i started trying the cup with my twins. It is aslo beter for your baby's teeth if the cup is free flow.

Maria - posted on 03/23/2010

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we started at 6 months and now at 10 months old he is a pro...we still however use the botttle and we only use the sippy cup for water and juice

Alison - posted on 03/23/2010

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If there is no reason to switch sooner than 12 months (i.e. if baby does not take the bottle well), then I would say 12 months.

September - posted on 03/23/2010

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We started our son on his around 6 months when he was able to hold onto it.

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