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Jordan - posted on 03/02/2010 ( 62 moms have responded )

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Hello Everyone!
Analeigh and I have been having a battle the past few months and I am now at my wits end.
I am trying to teach her how to drink out of a sippy and it is REALLY not going well. I don't know what to do. I have tried all different kinds in hopes of enticing her... big, small, tall, short and stout, handles, no handles, silicone, rubber, straws... AHHHHH! lol.

Please, help. I just need some new ideas.

Thanks!

Jo

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Andrea - posted on 03/03/2010

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I agree with Jess and Aishatu; keep trying and don't stress about it! Your baby picks up on your stress. If they sense that you are worried about the sippy cup, they are going to be concerned and not want to use it. My daughter will drink a little bit of water and breast milk out of her sippy cup, but not more then 2 ounces at one sitting. We just offer it to her at every meal and she drinks what she wants at that time.

You may want to try offering the cup at different times; after a few bites of food so that your baby isn't starving or at the end of a meal to wash down all the yum!

Aishatu - posted on 03/03/2010

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Dont worry.Some children dont like to be rushed in learning new things and dont force her to accept the sippy cup.Try giving her drinks in a regular cup then after a while introduce back the sippy cup.My kids all refused the sippy cup except my daugther who became so attached to it till she began school last year.Take the training one day at a time or one week at a time and relax ,if it doesnt work,just try again another week.Goodluck and RELAX!

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Michelle - posted on 03/24/2010

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Try the nubby bottle that comes with a sippy shaped nipple she can get used to the shape of it but it still feels like a bottle

Amanda - posted on 03/17/2010

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easiest way to switch to a sippie is to take all her bottles and throw them away/give them away and let her see you do this. She will drink when she is thirsty and will drink out of the sippie. It sounds mean but this is her testing you to see if you mean what you say and if she can trust you and what you say if you are wishy washy or give in al the time be ready for more testing about bigger and bigger things. Dont get into that habbit this early, babies and toddlers are smart and learn how to play us and push our buttons faster then we think.
stay firm and loving but dont give in good luck

Brittany - posted on 03/10/2010

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Have you tried the kind that look like bottle nipples on the top? Maybe if you can slowly change her over... Im not really sure. My son never wants to hold his own bottle which is fine with me because I love ALL of our bonding time, but he took to the sippy cup like he did breathing.

Que - posted on 03/08/2010

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My daughter has been using a sippy cup from 6 months old, she had trouble using it for the first month and would never hold it herself, also never held her own bottle. I used to hold it for her whenever she wanted a sip with her meals and encouraged her to hold the it as well. With a little persistance she became interested in holding it herself. Now she really likes to drink from a straw so i use her straw sports sipper of a morning for her milk then all day she has a normal sippy cup without valves. At the moment she still does not want to give up her night time bottle but at present i am happy to have her stay on that for another month. I also used to leave the sippy cup with water in it near where she would be playing and she would go to it and play and take a sip whenver she likes. Now she comes and tells me when she wants it and doesn't spill anything.

Denise - posted on 03/08/2010

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Both my sister, who has raised 2 children, and my pediatrician recommed not puting milk or formula in the Sippy. Bottles for milk, Sippy for juice or water. That will help her distinguish the 2 different drinks. It has helped my Oliver...Good luck!

Beth - posted on 03/08/2010

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My daughter is Jo also. :) When she started showing intrest in our cups I bought some of the Nuk sippy cups and placed them (package and all) on the coffee table and left them there. Within no time she was curious and started playing with them and trying to figure out what they were. The next morning instead of the bottle with breakfast I used the sippy. She has not taken a bottle since then. She is a mostly breastfed baby so she like juice in her sippy more than formula but she will drink it if that is all she can have. Good luck.

Linda - posted on 03/07/2010

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I know you tried all kinds, but our first one was the Nuby brand... It's a sippy cup, but they have to suck to get it out... Like a bottle... It worked like a charm... They have beginner one w/ handles and tall one's once they start using it rather than a bottle so much.

Catharine - posted on 03/07/2010

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ya, i totally agree with this, sometimes you can try too hard and its very frustrating, babies will do it when they are ready. Ive had most success with sippy cups when I just leave one at theyre access and they pick it up and drink from it when they are ready. like Jess said, kids learn at they're own pace.

Danielle - posted on 03/06/2010

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Actually you should just try to give her a cup of your own. Sippy cups are not good for babies or children. I am a Dental Hygienist and I tell every parent that comes in with a baby to not give their children sippy cups because they can push back your teeth and cause permanent damage to them. And now days sippy cups are more and more like bottles. If you are trying to wing your baby off of bottles onto sippy cups you should try a regular cup instead. Yes she will spill it on herself but it will teach her how to drink out of a regular cup. I hope this helps you.

Jess - posted on 03/06/2010

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yea pretty much gotta be patient. My son is 11 months n he started holding his own bottle n sippy cup only a few months ago. Not only that but it took him a while with the sippy cup for the main fact it was a total different liquid then formula so he had to get use to that first. I dont know if this helps but what i did is i have a lil infant-toddler rocking chair that u can find at kmart or anywhere really which isn't expensive....and the bottom part lifts up so it doesn't rock and it leaned him back and i would do this when he was ready to drink his bottle or juice and i would simply hold it and let it go and from there he finally realized he could pick it up n hold it himself if he wanted it that bad. It may sound mean and he did get frustrated a few times but it helped him.

Nicole - posted on 03/06/2010

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Hi Jo, I have always let my children practise in the bath with a cup my daughter is nealy 11mths old now and drinks out od a sippy ,straw and normal cup she thinks its fun and in the bath they want to do it themselves. I hope this helps...nicole

Shannon - posted on 03/06/2010

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i bought these no spill sippy cups you have to suck to get any water out therefore they can't tip it everywhere to play in the mess or tip too much down there throat and choke Marley's been drinking water for a couple of months now but at first would just spit it out i put a teeny tiny bit of juice in with the water for the first couple of weeks to give it a little bit of flavour, now she just loves her water!!

Braeda - posted on 03/06/2010

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Try giving her little puffs and putting warm water in a beginner sippy, and let her go at it in her highchair. It seemed to take a while with my little one, but that seemed to do the trick! :)

Francesca - posted on 03/05/2010

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Ella just seems to think Sippys are for a toy or to make a mess. I gave up that battle and moved her right to cup with a straw. She loves drinking from a straw.



Maybe try that?

Leasa - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daughter drinks for the gerber cups. They have a rippled nipple for them to teeth on and she really likes though,
hope this helps

Jenifer - posted on 03/05/2010

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my daughter was born on 4/29/09 and she does the exact same thing with the cups....just thought that was so cute but a pain to clean.

Jenifer - posted on 03/05/2010

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one thing that has worked with mine in many situations is simply doing it and showing them continuesly how you do it and then encourage them to try it.. my daughter has caught on to a lot like that.

Catherine - posted on 03/05/2010

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My son looked at me like I was crazy when I first tried to give him a sippy cup. So, what I did with my baby was first let him drink from a regular cup. I would only put a small amount of water at the bottom and I would hold the cup for him. Tilt it slowly, and watch how much goes in her mouth. I would only let a couple drops go in. Then I would repeat a few times. I only did this once or twice a day. At first, he didnt know what to do...but he soon understood it. Then, I brought out a straw. I would place it in the water and place my finger over the tip so that when i took the straw out, the water remained in the straw. I'd put the tip of the straw in his mouth and release my finger so that the water would go in.

Once he mastered that, I started leaving the straw in the water. He would sit there with the other end of the straw in his mouth and every once in a while he would suck. When he sucked, the water would come to him, so he learned what he had to do to get the water. Oh, and I always give him ice water b/c he seems to like that better than room temp water.

After he mastered drinking from a real cup with me holding it and drinking from a straw, I placed a sippy cup in front of him one day and *WHAM*! He just picked it up like a pro and drank from it like it was no big deal!

Aimee-Grace - posted on 03/05/2010

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I too was having trouble and a friend suggested taking out the valve. It will be messier but it is easier to receive the liquid. I only had to do this twice and after that she had it figured out. Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 03/05/2010

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I have the same problem! Been trying with Jonas and he won't take it. Throws it like a toy right across the room. He chews, gnaws, hits it, everything BUT suck out of it. Annoying and frustrating but I guess that's life :P

Corrie - posted on 03/05/2010

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My Mom is from Switzerland, and sippy cups are not used among the families I know from there. They go from bottle to regular cup, and the kids do fine. I am amazed by the large choice of sippy cups sold in the US, but I think I will skip it with our 10 month old, and I know some of them are not good to use because of how it pushes on their front teeth.

Mary - posted on 03/05/2010

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Just let it go, don't let it stress you out, she will figure it out eventually . . .

Trina - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daughter is doing the same thing. She won't hold her bottle and just plays with her sippy cup. She has even broken a couple of cups by dropping them on the floor from her high chair. When I hold the cup for her she will knaw on it but still manages to get some juice (or whatever) out of it. Maybe it is just our April babies being stubborn. LOL!

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my son is not a fan of the sippy but he loves to drink out of a regular cup, also likes to sip from a straw. if she doesn't like the sippy don't force it, try a cup or a straw, eventually she will chose one she likes.

Stefani - posted on 03/05/2010

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Was having that problem with my daughter too. What I did was give her a Nuby cup once she woke up and completely avoided the bottle. She didn't finish all her milk so I made sure she ate enough solid food. Then every 3 hours I tried the sippy cup again (with the soft spout) and by the end of the day she was drinking like a champ. Just once you start the cup don't go back to the bottle because it makes everything a lot more complicated. I hope that helps.

Angele - posted on 03/05/2010

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I know EXACTLY what you're going through! I have more different kinds of sippy cup in my cupboard than I have anything else!! My son just won't take them; he'll be 11 months on the 15th of March. I picked one out of all of them, and now it's the only one that I offer him...yesterday he took it for the first time...well actually, I had to tilt it for him, but at least he didn't push it away! He will only take watered down juice out of it though...he REFUSES to drink his milk out of anything else but a bottle. Good luck

Heather - posted on 03/05/2010

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I have introduced the cup to my daughter Rayne since she was about 4mths old and she drinks water but only ice water out of it but just a little at a time she just really doesnt care for it. she will drink out of a regular glass tho with a little help. it was soo much easier for my twin boys cause my oldest son was already drinking out of a sippy and the twins wanted to do what he did so they chose the cup over bottle and that was the end but Rayne is a total diva. Her way and only her way. Been that way since she was born. Just take your time and dont worry bout doing it when the doc says you have to. they will in their own time.

Nancy - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daugther wouldn't drink out of a sippy cup at all so I bought some small bottles that have handles so she could get used to the idea of holding a sippy cup. It has a clear plastic nipple on it but at the same time she has to hold it with both hands with the handles and she has to tip it up. Works so far, I do have sippy cups and I haven't tried them for awhile but the other day we were at a restaurant and I had forgotten her small bottle so I used a straw to give her something to drink. (Putting the straw into a liquide and placing your finger on the end and slowly releasing your finger) She would want to get the liquid to come out faster so she was actually sucking. I will have to get those sippy cups out to see if she could drink out of them now. It was just as easier to get those small bottles at the time. They are from NUBY

Heather - posted on 03/04/2010

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I just put my son in the highchair with his sippy cup on with handles and a rubber spout he didn't like the hard ones and after feeding him would put it to his mouth to see if he'd take a drink. now i leave it out with water if he gets thirst and he only gets the bottle at bed time. just make sure she can get it whenever and always have something in it for her to drink and she'll eventually get the hang of it :D

Jennifer - posted on 03/04/2010

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A couple of months ago when we were in the baby aisle, I showed my (now 10 month old) some different cups. She took turns throwing each one of them on the floor until we gave her one of the straw cups with handles. She liked it and wouldn't let go of it. She has been using it ever since and prefers it to the bottle. Just hang in there and keep trying. Your child will get there when he/she is ready.

Niki - posted on 03/04/2010

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my son who is 10month now didn't like to tip his head back with the sippy cup, and still doesn't, and I feed him his formula in it, so I have to half lay him down to drink it, which I dont mind I hold on to him any ways as he wont stay still.

I give him water through a straw one, tried first time at 7months and second try at 8month, acidently got some water and thought hay this is neat and drinks a bottle of water a day (summer here).

my tips would be a straw as when the get the hang of it they just seem to love it, just offer it now and then let her chew on it, one day she will suck. But if she doesn't feed her self yet she may take awhile to hold on to it, my son puts everything in his mouth, so annoying leaves sticks everything. May be try putting her hands near the bottle when feeding, not force fully just do what she will allow, slowly put her hands on the bottle and take yours aways (I am guessing weeks to try this) don't talk to her let her figure it out for her self, I have found with blake when he is learning some new not to interupt, when he has mastered it then he gets a well done and a clap :)

All the best, she will get there one day

Jenny - posted on 03/04/2010

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Hi JO! Well, fortunately I had great luck with both mine. My son, now 10 months has been drinking from a sippie for over a month. I bought the nuk sippies, which really are the bottle with a diff shape nipple. I took that nipple off and used the regular bottle nipple, keeping it similar for him in the beginning. I would sit him on my lap with his head on my chest so he still felt as if i was holding him, i refused to hold it for him and would say "u do it" cutely. after me not holding it for him, he would want it and do it himself. slowly i switched to the nipple that came with it, then to another type of sippie that i found at toys r us. its plastic with rubber around it but it is totallydiff cuz it has a plastic top so it ridded of the "sucking sensation" Juice now goes in the sippie, but in the am and at night its still the bottle version sippie to soothe him. That all will be changing in the next month. Hope this helps! Trust me its a challenge but if u remain consistant and dont cave they will be ok with it. Exspecally if they see u doing it, they will want to! Best of luck and dont give up =)

Kristen - posted on 03/04/2010

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my suggestion: if she is still drinking out of a bottle, but won't go to sippy, then put something she doesn't care much for in the bottle, and something she LOVES in the sippy. she'll learn real quick which one she prefers. i'm in the transition myself right now, but my baby has been drinking from a sippy now for a few months. not constantly, but she'll drink juice and water from it. i'm about to take her off the bottle completely with her milk next month. anyways, just try water in her bottle and juice (of whatever you prefer) in her sippy so she learns. good luck!

Amanda - posted on 03/04/2010

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I made sure Ben could see his cup/s all over the house and I often referred to them from time to time (just things like - oh look, here's Benjamin's cup). He didn't have to drink from it at that time. It was just a way of reinforcing it's existence. I also gave his teddy drinks from the sippy cup from time to time, and just before he had a drink from it. I also drank from it occasionally and then offered it to him. It was hard in the beginning. Patience is the key, and not making too big a deal out of it. Good luck.

Dana - posted on 03/04/2010

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My daughter has been using a sippy cup since about 6 months. We bought a NUK brand that has a soft nipple on it, so they begin sucking from it like it was a bottle. She got the hang of it within a couple of days. At about 8 months we moved to a regular sippy cup (playtex) with a hard rubber spout and she holds it when she drinks from it. She doesn't hold her bottle, but she'll get the sippy off the coffee table and drink from it herself.

Danielle - posted on 03/04/2010

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We let my son drink from our cups. He is barely now getting used to the idea of sucking out of the sippy cup. It took us a while of using it with him before he did it himself. If you give them some water from your cup, they'll get a better idea of what they are supposed to be doing and will hopefully progress to using the sippy cup faster. Good Luck.

Kris - posted on 03/04/2010

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My litte one has 2 older sisters so she wants to emulate them a bit, but initially she wasn't crazy about drinking from the sippy either. Avent has those cups that the neck can accomodate either a sippy top or nipple, she liked the bottle top on the cup. Then for a while I'd sit next to her with both a small bottle and a sippy cup, I'd give her the bottle and when she was in full sucking motion I'd quickly swap it out for the cup so she understood that stuff came out of it.
She'll get there. Stick with it. Let her play with the sippy, eventually she'll figure it out!

Latavia - posted on 03/04/2010

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What kid kind of cups are yall using..whats weird is that i used a cup with no handkles for my lilttle one at about 4/5mths just to start giving her a lil bmilk and now she drinks from the sippys with the straws. I would say just keep trying

Cecelia - posted on 03/04/2010

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I have a 10month old daughter, and she is doing some of the same things. I had the ones with handles and she would drive them like a car, so I switched to ones with a soft silicone and no handles. I started with water and then added a little apple juice to it. she was chewing on the top and when she got the apple juice she started sucking from it. she still chews on it, and will not hold it on her own yet. I was told it was bc I nursed her up until 2 months ago. Daddy and I drink from water bottles, and she screams so that we will give her some. she does really good with it, but we wont let her hold it bc the top is too sharp for her gums.

Trish - posted on 03/04/2010

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i've been told to the sooner they learn to sip out of a normal cup the better. they then watch you. i just give my bub sips out of a normal plastic tumbler glass through out the day. i find she just plays with the other cups, chews on the rubber teats etc, her teeth are putting holes in them.

Samantha - posted on 03/03/2010

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I have two little twin boys and I had given them a sippie cup when they were about 8 months they are now 11. At first they would drink it to fast like a bottle but i have found that the ones without the handles are the ones they like the most. The handles are still in unknown territory for them :) Keep trying I promise it will happen sooner or later.

Meera - posted on 03/03/2010

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My daughter (8 months at the time - 10 months now) was not a fan of the traditional 2 handle sippy cups so I tried a straw cup and she did great! She loves anything I put in it - water, drinkable yogurt, formula, etc...

Ali Marie - posted on 03/03/2010

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I think sippy cups are stupid lol I gave up on trying to get her to use one. I take the tops off and let her drink off it like a normal cup--she does GREAT that way!!! She even holds it herself sometimes (but that gets pretty messy)

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The doidy cup is brilliant for my daughter, she has never taken a bottle or teat/sprout, I think she doesn't like the plastic teats.

Lila - posted on 03/03/2010

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My husband & I both drink out of stainless steal water bottles all day long so as our twins showed interest in them we got them their own with the sippy spout. They had trouble at first due to the weight of the water or if less water the head tilt thing, but we just keep offering it to them & they are slowly getting the hang of it. I found that plastic makes the water taste yucky, and for other reasons this is not an option for our guys.

If you pick a cup & stick to it they will learn.

Also our Pedi. suggested introducing real cups supervised so they get. the idea of drinking. Did you know newborns have an instinct that lets them drink from cups

April - posted on 03/03/2010

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my son is 10 months old, when he was about 4 months i put sippy cups in his toys so he would be familiar with them. since he put everything in his mouth eventually he had a sippy in his mouth as well. i gave him one at dinner when he was 6 or 7months and we have not had a bottle since.

Denise - posted on 03/03/2010

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I didn't introduce the sippy cup to my son until he started showing interst in what we were drinking. He is 10 months now but at Thanskgiging he wanted my mom's water and he sipped some out her water bottle. The he had interst in water out a straw in a resturant so I thought it was time to give him his own cups. He does great. Point is I waited for him to show some interest.

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