at what age can your baby have a sippie cup?
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Jackie - posted on 05/02/2010
It just depends on your baby. My son didnt even hold his own bottle till he was almost a year. Thats my own fault though. I'd lost a child before him and then we ended up in a safehouse due to my ex-husband, his father. So i coddles him way too much. Finally I got him those soft nipples when he started holding his own bottle and it worked great. Just dont do what I did and let them be too dependent on you.
Louise - posted on 05/01/2010
Also a great one for babies is the tommeetippee evolva range. They do a first sips cup from 4 months. I have my son on the 6 months 1 still. But what I like is they are completely spillproof but as soon as the baby touches the spout the juice flows immediately so not hard sucking needed. I like the non spill as I normally have water in sippies and believe in children especially toddlers having access to water at all times. Specially when they run around so much!
Louise - posted on 05/01/2010
I gaVe my sons a sippy cup with water or juice at mealtimes from the day I started weaning them but I left their milk in bottles. I had to hold the sippy for them till they were 7 and 10 months respectively. At 14 months I switched milk also. But my 12 month old just has 1 bottle before bed and everything else is sippy cups.
Elysia - posted on 04/30/2010
my son took along time and never actually liked the sippie cups, hes 13months and still doesnt like them, i bough numerous types and brands but in the end we went straight to a straw i tried him with the straw in the baby poppers and he got the hang of it straight away so i then went out and got the cups with straws, he was about 7months
Tiffany - posted on 04/30/2010
she is 7 months.. I use avent bottles which are fatter, so she really doesnt hold her own bottle, i try the sippie cups but it seems like she doesnt like the juice she makes weird faces... But she holds the sippie cup but just doesnt drink anything
Angel - posted on 04/20/2010
I gave my daughter a sippy at 5 months, it's got a soft silicone top she can suck on like a "nipple" (she's breastfeeding as well) but I just put water in it and let her have it while she's in the hi-chair eating baby food, (lunch and dinner) also if I think about it, I just make sure she has it whenever we go somewhere, so she gets used to it. She has done awesome since I introduced it, it has the two handles so she can get a good grip on it..Also she's teething, so I put a few ice cubes in it, makes for a soothing drink lol, she loves the coldness on her gums, she'll hold it in her mouth for a sec. before swallowing it.. Plus the ice rattles in the cup and makes it "super interesting" LOL GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!
Cree - posted on 04/20/2010
i started my twins around 7 months. my son did great right away. he was also trying t hold his own bottle. my daughter was confused for awhile but i kept giving it to her and she has caught up with her brother. we put juice or water in their sippy cups. and we also make sure the cups have two handles and if they have a flow control we remove it. just so they know its different than a bottle. * just A tip...if giving juice make sure its not over 4 oz a day, juice tend to supress appetites in infants and toddlers. if they drink to much you will notice they will eat less during the day
Valerie - posted on 04/20/2010
whenever they are old enough to hold, six months is good...put water or diluted juice or breast milk or formula in it...do not take the bottle away until your baby drinks fluently from a sippie cup which could take several months
Brittiny - posted on 04/20/2010
I agree with these moms. I recently introduced my 6 month old to a sippy when his older sister left hers on the high chair tray and he picked it up and was playing with it. He's definitely no pro at it yet, but we're trying as long as he's interested. Also, just a few tips that I picked up with my older two... My kids seemed to do really well around 5 to 6 months with the cups that have longer, silicone-type spouts, I can only imagine, it's because they are more similar to a bottle. Second, when you are just getting started, it may be helpful to remove the spill-proof valve and help your child take a few tiny sips so he can figure out what you are wanting him to do. The spill-proof cups require a little bit of sucking and don't flow as freely as a bottle. Then let baby have a go with the valve back in. Last, a tip that my oldest daughter's pediatrician told me was to only let your baby drink juice out of a cup, that is, don't put the juice into a bottle. If you make the cup the only way baby can drink juice, once they get a real liking for the juice, they will just accept it, and hopefully it will make bottle-breaking much easier down the road. Seemed to work pretty well with my others, though my middle child was the most stubborn to start accepting a cup at all. Hope this helps, and good luck!
Heather - posted on 04/20/2010
usually doctors and websites will tell you to introduce them around 6 months, but in the end, you are the mother and you can decide when to introduce them. My son is 7 months, and has had a sippy cup since 6 months and is starting to really understand how to use it, but he will only drink juice out of it. My goal is to have him completly on the sippy cup by 10 months. 1 year at the very latest. he rarely uses a bottle anymore, so we are on the right track, but he cannot completly hold his cup by himself yet. I dont think 5 months is too early
Tracy - posted on 04/19/2010
I would have to agree with Heather. At around 5 months your baby knows how to hold her own bottle, so introducing a sippy cup shouldn't be too much of a problem. I found with my son it took a little longer though for him to want to drink out of his sippy cup, as he was used to his bottle. As Heather says, and I agree, I don't think it really matters, you'll know when your child is ready. Good luck :)