Introducing sippy cup

Andrea - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 10 1/2 months and he won't take a sippy cup. I've tried 4 different kinds (soft -spout, hard and in between) and all he will do is shake the cup, throw it, but will not put it in his mouth. Even if I hold the cup, he pushes it away. Any suggestions on how to make this transition easier?

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Lauren - posted on 02/26/2009

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Hi Andrea!



My son is the same age, the only cup he will drink from are the little Take and Toss cups that you buy in a pack, he will drink from it if I offer it to him and tries to drink from it himself but doesn't know to tip it yet.  He sometimes throws it but that's when he doesn't want it.  Anyway, I have tried all of the other kinds and this is the only one he likes.  I don't know if you have tried it or not but if not it is a suggestion, they are very cheap and I think come in like packs of 6=)

Amanda - posted on 02/26/2009

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Something I noticed with the sippy cups is that they all have these stupid valves in them to supposedly keep them from spilling, but for my daughter, they also keep her from drinking! I couldn't even suck any juice through the valve when I tried. It's ridiculous! I felt so bad though, because for the longest time, I thought she was refusing to drink from the cup, but she actually was trying and couldn't get anything out! So finally I just took the valve out and now she loves to drink from it!

Andrea - posted on 02/26/2009

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Yes, I have a Nuby sippy cup, and Evenflo, and something else..and so far no go.  I haven't breastfed in a very, very long time, so that's not an issue.  He just wants his bottle!

Kerri - posted on 02/25/2009

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My daughter was breastfed, and she didn't want to try a bottle.  So, I decided to go straight to the sippy cup.  One thing that made it a bit easier for her was never trying to force her.  Everyday, I showed her how to use it by drinking out of it myself, then I would offer it to her.  I also left it out for her to play with, and, gradually, she became more and more interested in it.  She can hold it herself now, but I think the transition took a couple of months.

Kerri - posted on 02/25/2009

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My daughter was breastfed, and she didn't want to try a bottle.  So, I decided to go straight to the sippy cup.  One thing that made it a bit easier for her was never trying to force her.  Everyday, I showed her how to use it by drinking out of it myself, then I would offer it to her.  I also left it out for her to play with, and, gradually, she became more and more interested in it.  She can hold it herself now, but I think the transition took a couple of months.

Ingrid - posted on 02/25/2009

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i'm in the same boat!!!  I just keep hoping that one day he'll start to suck on the cup.  I've resorted to getting him to drink right from a normal cup, which is really messy!!!  Have you tried the Nubby sippy cups?

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