My 3 year old is addicted to his sippy cup, how do I break him of this habit and switch to a big boy cup? he even sleeps with it! (water in it)

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Erin - posted on 01/10/2009

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Sounds bad but I just took them away cold! Gave them big cups and eventually they will get thirsty and start drinking from them. Try those little cups with the straw attached(.88 cents at wal-mart)

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2009

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it's ok that he is still "attached" to his sippy cup. however, if it concerns you try to gradually ween (sp.) off of it. during the day make a deal....use "big boy cups" with a straw and let him keep the sipp cu at night. However, if you can get it out of his bed....when he's asleep, then that's great. start slow, after two consecutive DAYS of cups and straws take him for ice cream or let him pick a book, something lets him know he's a big boy and can do decisions of his own. then you can keep progressing from there.

Jena - posted on 01/10/2009

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If you know anyone with kids younger then him try telling him that his friend is growing up and needs to learn how to use sippy cups like him and sense he is so good at it now he gets to use big boy cups like mommy/daddy, then ask him if he can send his sippy cups to his younger friend (now weather you really send them or just get rid of them is up to you) but if HE gives them away then they are out of sight out of mind and if he does ever want his sippy cup just remind him why he gave them away... hope that helped!

Amanda - posted on 01/10/2009

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I don't think there is anything wrong with your son being "addicted" to his sippy cup! More or less he's just attached to it. My son will be 3 in May and he loves his sippy cup, but he prefers to bring his blanket to bed. Maybe @ meal times give him the option of both the sippy cup and big  boy cup? Maybe show him how much fun it is by drinking out of your own "big cup" ...since he only goes to bed with water in his cup, I don't think there is anything t worry about. A lot of kids like to have a drink @ their bedside table...both you and I occasionally bring a cup of water to bed, right? Hope this helps :)

Lorraine - posted on 01/10/2009

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gradually introduce the big boy cup during day..

once he has gotten used it then start weeing him off the sippy cup at night

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