What age is a good one to start a sippy cup??

Francesca - posted on 09/13/2009 ( 107 moms have responded )

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My son is almost 5 1/2 months old now. He holds his own bottle and sits up by himself but none of the books I have give a definite answer on when to start a sippy cup. He has one with handles on the side which I'm sure he can hold, I just don't want to rush it!!!

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Kathryn - posted on 09/16/2009

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I was told start introducing a sippy cup at about 4 or 5 months. You get them in packs here. My babys just turned 5 months old and she has water or heavily diluted baby juice with her lunch in a sippy cup which she holds by herself. Let them play with sippy cups too or play with it in the bath just to get them used to it.

Christina - posted on 09/16/2009

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My 8 month old started drinking juice and water out of a sippy cup at 6 months. The pediatrician said that she could start those at 6 months and suggested using a sippy cup for everything but her formula so that she gets used to them I like the Nubby sippy cups, you can get them at WalMart and at Target. They have handles on both sides and a soft top since she likes to smuch her face into the cup. And she loves drinking out of them.

Shayna - posted on 09/16/2009

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My son was on fully on the sippy cups by 7 months old and never had a problem once with giving up the bottle fully. Some children become more attached to their bottles so the earlier you can do it the better!!

Eleisha - posted on 09/16/2009

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My daughter is just over 3 months and i have discovered the new tommee tippee range of sippy cups called the "discovera range". The first step is a cup from 4 mopnths and i have just started my daughter on it (although i am holding it for her) (for water, as i want her to associate milk with bottles and water with sippy cups). She handles it very well, and has not chocked as the flow is controlled by suck force and frequency. Good Luck!!!

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you're not rushing, if you want him to be off the bottle by a year or a little less like i did with both my boys, start him now.. give him a little juice with water in the cup, apple juice, 100% preferably then you wont have a hard time transitioning him to the cup at a year or so

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Jodi - posted on 09/20/2009

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I have a breastfed baby, so she's never had a bottle...I dont' know if having a bottle will interfere with whether or not they'll take to a sippy easily. That said, my daughter drinks from both a cup with no lid (although this makes quite a mess, there's only one way to learn) and has been drinking from a sippy since she was three months old. You really can't start too early, it's just a step up from a bottle and with breastfed babies it's a great way to skip bottles altogether. My daughter has been holding and tipping up her own sippy cup for nearly 4 months now. My only piece of advice is, small amounts! She gets so excited about drinking from it she will literally drink herself sick! Good luck!

Naomie - posted on 09/20/2009

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my daughter learned to drink in sippy cup when she's 4 months old. I first let her explore and drink with the straw and then she learned it. when she masters drinking in a straw i give her the sippy cup and she easily learned it.

Jessica - posted on 09/19/2009

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I started my son on a sippy cup at 5 months. I heard it is better to start them young because it will not be as hard to break them from a bottle. I only give my son is formula out of the bottle and everything, juice and water, is given from a sippy cup. He is not 8 months old and drinks out of the straw cups, which he loves more than his sippy cups.

Nicole - posted on 09/19/2009

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honestly every baby is diff. and so just offer the sippy cup anywhere between 5-7 months your baby will letcha know if they can do it or not.. and its never 2 early for a baby 2 learn something new :)

Lois - posted on 09/19/2009

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You can start actually at four months what ever is comfortable to you but definitely start picking out a cup around 6 mos. is perfect! I read some where that around 9 months you can start them drinking out of caprison straws this helps work their mouth muscles and helps their speech and pronunciation!

Anna - posted on 09/19/2009

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Quoting Janess:

Hi Francesca! I would say about 6 months or so ... it all depends on your baby ... you'll know when they are ready ... I like the sippy cups that have the handles on both sides, it seems to be easier for them to grab. Hope this helps!



Janess & Francesca!



Let me share my story... Well I tried the sippy cup with my baby girl when she  was 6 months and she didn't drink anything, so when she was about 10 months I tried again and she started to drink from her sippy cup. I guess that depends on your baby! Good luck  & btw try those colorfull cups they capture babies attetion!!!

Anna - posted on 09/19/2009

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the better you do it now, my baby was around the same months and she start taking the cup so just try it out

Heather - posted on 09/19/2009

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Every baby is different. I started mine on her sippy cup at about 10 months.

Jamie - posted on 09/19/2009

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as soon as my kids were able to hold their bottles, i gave them a sippy cup with handles on sides a couple times a day. I broke them from a bottle at 11 months and gave sippy cup til about 15 months then it was big boy/girl cups.

Rekia - posted on 09/19/2009

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I STARTED MY DAUGHTER AT 6.5 MONTHS BUT I MEAN IF U THINK HES READY AND CAN HOLD IT..TRY GIVING IT TO HIM WIT JUS JUICE OR WATER AND GIVE HIM HIS MILK IN A BOTTLE...

Trista - posted on 09/19/2009

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try munchkin soft tip sippy the nipple is soft and easier to suck than the nuby...and it all depends..i breastfeed and if my son gets a bottle its hard for him to latch on when I feed him so i tried a sippy and he does well doing cup and breast...hes only 3 months.

Gwyn - posted on 09/19/2009

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I also had this question too, "what about the sippy cup"! I asked a couple of friends with older kids what they did about the cup and I just got a lot of advice but a lot of "whatever you want to do" answer also. Very nerve racking for me to hear since I am a first time mother, but then I just played at it with my common sense. My son when he was born started on the slow nipples then went up to the faster ones, so thought maybe he could be ready for a sippy cup? At his age he still didn't have any teeth, so for sure I had to get the soft ones, and also I started my on the slow flow first with some water or juice. After he was checking it out discover what it was for, and that he could put in his mouth he loves it! Once I noticed he wanted the cup more than the bottle. I had his babysitter ofter it to him and with like a week I think he was off the bottle at 10 months old!!!
Of course this is my success story! Play around with in front of yours and see what happens! Good luck!

Satrina - posted on 09/19/2009

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When he begins to show intrest, let him experiment with it,and let it go with the flow. They always let you know hen its time for the next stage one way or another.

Amanda - posted on 09/19/2009

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I started both my kids on sip sips at 8 months. To make the change a little less stressful for them I would put milk in a cup for myself and lay and sip with them and tell them "see mommy can do it so can you". I would also try to make it fun and silly! Also they loved the ones with the soft spouts, kinda like a bottle nipple. I moved to the hard sputs at about 15 months old...Hope I could be of some help!

Cassie - posted on 09/19/2009

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I started my son on a sippy cup around 9 months. I let him play with it and get used to various styles till i found one that he enjoyed drinking from. He was so into it that by 1yr he was no problem to get rid of the bottle. I think the best form of action is to just introduce him to it and see what he does if he has a hard time and shows signs of not being ready then don't worry about it, wait a little longer. You have enough time to work on it just don't give up. Try different kinds and find one he likes. I find things happen better when you let them go at their own pace.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/19/2009

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offer it to him around 6 months if nothing comes from that do it again around 9. Both my daughters took sippys at 8 months old. nothing bad can come from starting a child with a sippy to young.. so i would say in my opinion somewhere between 6 to 9 months is a good time!

Melissa - posted on 09/19/2009

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I would let him try one at 6 months but most babies aren't ready at that age to use it, they don't understand how to get the milk out and get frustrated. I'd also try it again at 9 months and he might be ready then especially if you show him how. If he's still not ready go for twelve months and take the bottle completely away. He's ready by then and he'll get it. He might go a little while refusing to drink out of it if he doesn't like it, he might consider it too hard and doesn't want the hastle, But he'll use it sooner or later that day and then you'll have no troubles.

Nichole - posted on 09/18/2009

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i was told to start to start my son on a sippy cup at 6 months old. but they want the baby to use only sippy cups (no bottles) at 1.

Miranda - posted on 09/18/2009

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Since the liquid comes out of the sippy cup much faster than a bottle, you might want to wait a few more months. I started my daughter at nine months on the sippy cup during play time and activities. She never really had bottles because I breast fed the entire first year, but sometimes I'd have to pump and sometimes she'd have juice or water. The day after her first birthday, I got rid of every last bottle. She was perfectly fine! That way, you're not trying to make your son grow up too fast or risking the chance of him choking! Best of luck. Hope I was helpful!

Holly - posted on 09/18/2009

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First of all put the book down. Every baby is not the same at all so those people don't know how advanced your baby is. I started my baby girl at 6 months and it worked out perfect so he should be about ready. Go for it!!

Erika - posted on 09/18/2009

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Like Janess said, your baby will give you queues. My daughter was about 10 months when i switched her to a sippy cup. She switched cold turkey. She wouldnt hold the sippy cups up to drink where i had used the playtex bottles with the liners that she could hold down and the liner would crunch up as she drank. I found the sippy cups with the straws and TADA works wonders. the best part is that she is already trained to use a straw when she gets a little older and they are no spill so they dont leak everywhere when she decides to drop ot throw them.

Alicia - posted on 09/18/2009

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Start Tommorow. But like the bottle its gunna take you a few sippy cups to get to the right one that he likes.

Megan - posted on 09/18/2009

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as soon as they know how to hold and tip up there bottle, just dont get the ones with the plastic lids at first, i had my son off bottles all together at 10months and off the sippy cup by 1 1/2 they dont need them for long just start your transformes as soon as possible like when there real good with the sippy get little plastic cups or dixi cups and put just enough to fill the bottom of the cups and it takes 1 2 days to get them on a regular cup just remeber the longer you have them on a bottle and a sippy cup thats all the more longer that the juice and everything youi give them just sits and slides across all there teeth you dont want that there baby teeth are very important if they get bad there adults will grow in bad.

Heather - posted on 09/18/2009

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my daughter was off the bottle at 8 months...i have a neice and nephew older than her and they was using sippy cups and when they was around thats what she drank out of....she didnt want her bottle so i started giving her only sippy cups and gave away all her bottles....

Samantha - posted on 09/18/2009

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Anytime is a good time. If he is holding his own bottle get the cups with handles. Gerber makes some good ones.

Melissa - posted on 09/18/2009

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Do it!!! What is there to rush? bottles are such a pain, if they can hold it I say go for it!!

Christina - posted on 09/18/2009

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I started around 10month, bottle before bed and sippy for meals then gradually by 12month got rid of the bottle, worked great!

Rachel - posted on 09/18/2009

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i would start it now just letting him sip on it when it's not really bottle time cause you still want him to get the vitamans and such but there is no harm on letting him get use to it now

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My first daughter (when I had all the time in the world) I had her drinking out of one by 5 months and my second daughter she didn't have interest until 8 months or so (and I didn't push her like I did with my first)!! :)

Selena - posted on 09/18/2009

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i started my son on his sippy at six months.... you should just try to start with juice in it and just keep working with him.... he will take to it... the kind you get is very important though make sure you get one for his age.... walmart is the only place i found a sippy made especially for a 6 month old.... make sure you watch that it makes a diference on taking him off a bottle.... however i had no prolblems gave him sippy and since he first used a sippy he has never touched a bottle since and he is almost two... just offer it to him... he will probably play with it at first... just work with him

Erika - posted on 09/18/2009

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My son was 6 months when I started to just give him water in a sippy cup. Then at about 8 months I changed one bottle feeding to sippy cup and so on. By the time he was 9 months old he was just drinking out of sippy cups and never asked for the bottle. The type of sippy cup you get is very important. Make sure you get one with a silicone sippy so it's easier on his teeth. Our favs are made by Nuby. Plus, they are spill proof. If your son is a bitter like mine, you will also need replacement silicone sippy's which is cheaper that buying an entire new cup.

Katie - posted on 09/18/2009

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I went straight from breast to sippy cup! I say your son is 5 1/2 months old...give it to him and see how HE feels with it. Let him be in control so to speak. There isn't a definite answer for this one because it is different from child to child. If he can hold his own bottle he would be able to use sippy cups with or without the handles. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 09/18/2009

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5 1/2 months you can always introduce it to him see what he thinks of it, my youngest started a sippy cup about 5 months and by 7 or 8 months she had a straw mastered but it all depends on the kid and what they prefer, I'd say introduce it you don't have to make it final let him play and explore the idea. he will let you know what he thinks.

Amanda - posted on 09/18/2009

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make sure if you use one it has a stopper in it, you don't want it to come out to fast for him or he will choke, but that is great, getting started on that at his age is a good thing to do.

Mistie - posted on 09/18/2009

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don't rush it...as a mother you will know when the time is right to move away from the bottle...they are only little for a short time. enjoy it while you can

Abbi - posted on 09/18/2009

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Hi, my daughter is 6 months old now. I am breast feeding her, she will not take a bottle so i have tried her on a cup with a straw and she just loves it, i think its just whatever suits your baby, you never know till you try it!!

Coco - posted on 09/18/2009

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i started all my kids out at about 7 months.some say it's too early but you know your baby better than anyone.and by the tim they were1,i didn't have to wash anymore bottles!!

Ana - posted on 09/17/2009

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The earlier the better if he can drink milk from a sippy cup and not choke then go for it. My youngest son had cleft palete so I had to have him on a sippy cup by 6 months for surgery and it was the best thing I could have ever done. I had the hardest time getting my older son off the bottle and never had to worry about that with the youngest. I agree with Jessica the Nuk sippies are awesome if you can find them and the born free are good as well. Good Luck ( =

Hope - posted on 09/17/2009

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you can start him on a sippy cup but my parents as teachers lady said if you start them on a sippy cup then make sure it is not a spill proof because that teaches them to drink from a big persons cup because if you have the spill proof piece on there it pretty much is still drinking from a bottle because he still has to suck to get anything out. i hope this helps

JESSICA - posted on 09/17/2009

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hi francesca! I started my baby girl at 5 months and the sippy cup i used was by nuk. they sell them at walmart and fiesta if you have one where you live. my daughter absoultely loves it. i bought 8 of them suckers!! the spout is soft and like a nipple so the transition will be easy.

Kristy - posted on 09/17/2009

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my youngest is now 10 1/2 months and only gets a bottle at nap time. my doc said offer him a sippy cup at 4 months. i thought that was crazy... but my other son is 6 so its been a while since ive done the baby thing. so we tried it. it worked so now should be a good time. especially if he is teething. just dont get frustrated if he doesnt take to it right away. try different kinds of cups. im not an expert but this worked for us and good luck!!!

Sarah - posted on 09/17/2009

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Both of my kids started around 6/7 months and then they both stopped using them at about 2 years old. It depends on the child. I would say buy one and see if he can hold it. If he can't then stick with the bottle for another month or two. You don't want to rush them but at the same time if they can do something I wouldn't hold them back.

Jessica - posted on 09/17/2009

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hey! I would say anywhere between 6-9 months. My daughter really like the nuby sip cups, you can also get them where the drain goes slower so the child does not choke easily!! they are great!:) but do not just take the bottle away, let him keep that until atleast a year witht he cups:) good luck

Amy - posted on 09/17/2009

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Mine were on sippy cups by about 9 months. Avent has a great starter kit that goes from nipple to sippy lid.

Heidi - posted on 09/17/2009

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Well then maybe just when he is eating meals meals for a start. 6 months is pretty standard

Ashli Faye - posted on 09/17/2009

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9 months to two years its up to you when u do it mine is 9 months and uses a sippy cup give her/him their formula/brest milk in the sippy cut also juice is good to try until they are a year

Lydia - posted on 09/17/2009

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HI FRANCESCA, I STARTED GIVING MY 2 CHILDREN A SIPPY CUP AT THE AGE OF 6-7 MONTHS, I THINK IF THEY CAN HOLD A BOTTLE PROPERLY THEY CAN HOLD A SIPPY CUP. BUT ALL U CAN DO IS GIVE YOUR LITTLE BOY THE SIPPY CUP AND SEE HOW HE GOES, BUT ITS TOTALLY UP TO U

Devan - posted on 09/17/2009

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When I had my son's 6 month check up they'd asked if I had started using a sippy cup with him so I'd say you can start right now. They actually have some pretty good sippy cups to help them at that age. To start I used the Gerber sippy cups, they had a rubber top and made it easier for him to transition to the cup from the bottle. Which I must say he did excellent with the first time using it. So why not give it a try? It can't hurt.

Laci - posted on 09/17/2009

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I gave my daughter one at six months...just here and there to see how well she took to it...than when she was able to sit in the high chair for feedings I gave her the sippy everytime....she is now 13 months and she loves her sippy!!! I prefer the "Nuby" brand

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