Sippy cup

Christin - posted on 09/02/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if any moms had any advice on how to get my daughter to use the sippy cup? She just turned 1 on Tuesday but I have been attempting with the cup for about 3 months and she absolutely refuses it! I tried putting juice in it - she still hates it! I did not want to get in the habit of putting juice in the bottle so right now I just use formula. ( Whole milk as of tuesday ) She will look at the sippy cup and shake her head "No" or take it, put it in her mouth and throw it across the room. She does this every single time! I feel like she will never use a cup! Any suggestions?

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Angie - posted on 09/03/2010

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Oh gosh, I felt the exact same way!!! I starting giving my son a sippy cup when he was aroun 6 months and until just recently he showed little to no interest in it (he's now 13 months). I just kept giving it to him. I'd set it on his tray at every meal and sometimes would offer it to him throughout the meal. Usually he'd refuse it or throw it on the ground. Then throughout the day I'd have a sippy cup with water out on the ground where he's playing. Mostly he'd just ignore it.

Persistence!!! Eventually your daughter will get it. Something will just click one day and she'll understand or finally give in. She could just be refusing it because she senses a big change is coming (no more bottles).

Last night was the first time my son picked up the sippy cup on his own and GUZZLED the milk. I was so happy that I recorded it!

What kind of sippy cup do you use? Try experimenting with different kinds. Maybe she just doesn't like the kind you are giving her. If it's really hard to get the water/milk out, she could just get very frustrated. We started with the kind where you can take the "stopper" part out to allow the water to flow freely. This is messier, of course, but it helps them understand how to use the cup first and it isn't as challenging. I also found that the Nuby brand is very good because the "mouth" is very soft and they can bite on it easier to get the water out. My son doesn't like handles; that could also be something to consider. Also, a friend of mine gives her son the kind with a straw and that really works for him.

My advice is to be persistent with giving her the cup, experiement with different kinds of cup and, most importantly, don't let it bother you when she refuses it over and over. Pretend like you're drinking from it and act like it's soooo fun and sooo yummy. Then set it on the ground and walk away from it. She just might be so curious about it that she'll crawl over to it to try it herself. Good luck!

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maybe try helping her drink out of a regular cup? it might also help if you drink out of the same cup and she sees u doing this before u offer it to her. it will be messy at first, but some babies just want to feel big

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Melanie - posted on 10/24/2010

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Hi all i said 2 my son when he turned 1 was heres ur " botbot" and gave him a beaker, he took it, but the day b4 he wouldnt and i called it a cup. I think it made a difference what i called it kids r so sensertive. good luck i hope u sort it out soon x

Rachel - posted on 10/22/2010

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We were the same way with our twins... They would just make a mess of themselves with a sippy... we bought like 6 different kinds and all of them leaked... Until about two weeks ago and they are 14 months old. Two weeks ago, I decided to just give them their day time juice/milk whatever it is in a Nuby no handle like 2 dollars each sippy. They still sometimes bite it and make the milk spill all over them, but they actually drink the majority of the sippy.

To be honest, how I got them to like the sippy was I put half chocolate milk and half whole milk and let them go to town... Now, once a day, I give them one half/half chocolate milk bottle and they just go bananas for it.

Michelle - posted on 10/20/2010

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I had no problem with mine, started her on the sippy cup around 7 months with a juice/water mix, and she really got the hang of it my 10 months. I had her completely off bottles by 12 months, now she used sippy cups both with and without handles just fine, recently got the hang of straws also

Lisa - posted on 10/13/2010

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My advice is to try LOTS of different types of cups . We started our son off with one that he had to tip up. He Totally didnt get the concept (as we never let him hold his own bottle) so we tried one with a rubber straw so he could just suck out of it. That worked He's been drinking from a straw sup for about 3 months now. He JUST recently started tipping the straw cup up (it doesnt work) so we had to buy him ones that he tips. We just had to try different kind of cups. You will find one that works for your child! Good Luck!

Julia - posted on 10/11/2010

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did u try using a regular plastic cup with her. some children i have learned don't care to much for the sippy cup thing and liked the regular cup better. or the ones with the straw. i found my son likes those ones the best.

Gloria - posted on 09/27/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter,she is 1year 1month now. but i never gave up, now she looks for it and takes whatever i put inside. what you will do is this keep giving ,even if the child cries keep showing him the cup and pretend like you are sipping from the cup as well, trust me when you do this constantly the child will eventually take the cup.

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My son only likes the soft spout cups and he doesn't really like them that much. He is a bottleholic! He just turned on a couple weeks ago but was sick right after turning one so I have postponed taking his bottles. I am going to have to suck it up and deal with this same issue myself soon *sigh* I feel for you!! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 09/17/2010

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Try using the Nuk Learner Cup. The spout is super soft, my daughter loves them because this nipple feels like a bottle in their mouth. You might have a little problem switching to a hard spout. We are currently working on using a hard spout now and she is almost 13 months. So good luck!!!

Monica - posted on 09/15/2010

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I would also say, try a different sippy cup. My son refused to take one until I tried the soft spout Nuby sippy cup. I actually tried to drink out of the one that I tried to give him before(Which was a NUK soft spout) and I couldn't get anything out of it. No wonder he was frustrated. He went to all sippy cup at 12 months. I had been trying since 6-7 months.
One more thought...My son used to throw a fit if I tried to give him a sippy cup when he was even slightly hungry. Hope you find something that works!

Stacey - posted on 09/14/2010

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my son hated them for months i had to try a few different ones and ended up with a soft spout one. keep trying they get it eventually as long as u stay strong :)

Tanya - posted on 09/14/2010

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My son takes the sippy cup for water but if we put breastmilk in it, he refuses it. Can't really figure that one out...

April - posted on 09/13/2010

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Ian got off of the bottle at 5 months he just recently turned one also I found it was so easy because I used the Born Free sippy cups with the rubber nipple. When I tried using the other one he would act like your daughter (throw the cup across the room a few times hitting me in the head lol) but when I found the Born Free sippy cups he took right to them I also used the Nuk learner cup and they worked well I stuck to Born Free because they were bigger (8oz.) as opposed to he smaller (4oz.) Nuk cup I found them at Toy R Us good luck Oh yeah they also have a firmer nipple replacement for when the teeth come it. I changed it when he had his first two teeth and he had no problem the firmer nipple is even softer than the other cups but firm enough so they don't bite a hole in it

Stacey - posted on 09/13/2010

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I had to try different cups until she found one that worked well. Some of them it's hard to get juice out and they have to work too hard. We tried 3 different types and the one that worked was the Gerber cup with the soft sippy top. Just keep trying, but it could very well be the cup.

Jen - posted on 09/12/2010

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Try the Nuby cups, they have different spouts, I have to get my son one but my other son used them and liked them. I breastfeed so my son does not want to drink from anything else right now. Good luck.
I would put milk in it, I do not give my kids juice, it is just liquid cavities and even my Pediatirician does not like babies to have any juice or water.

Amanda - posted on 09/12/2010

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I tried many different kinds of cups and found the nuby ones with the straws were easiest for her to drink her milk, i kept her bottle for a week just for bed time but once she started drinking lots and got the hang of her new cup i ditched the bottle. My daughter has a liking of certain cups for certain drinks, i think it depends on the thickness of what they are drinking. I wouldnt change the formula and the bottle at once though, or she might totally refuse it due to too much change at once. you can also get transitional bottles that you can change the nipple in a regular bottle to a sippy cup nipple, add a handle etc, so the transition is smoother, hope that helps.

Pippa - posted on 09/11/2010

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Try using the sippie cup that has the soft mouth piece like her bottle nipple,they dont leak and they just like the bottle but only a cup,make sure i'ts the one were she has to lean her head back and drink it , that way she'll think its her regular bottle. If she gets use to this one then try the sippie with the straw. I hope this helps.

Kaye - posted on 09/11/2010

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try a cup with a straw. There are several brands (I have gerber ones)that make them with a one way straw so you dont have to worry about spills.

Jami - posted on 09/10/2010

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totally ditch the bottle except at bedtime with water only it. She will sooner or later grasp it. If she is not wanting a sippy have you tried a little cup with no lid. Both my girls started using them. We only use a sippy when we go places now. When they are in their high chairs they always have cups not sippys and my youngest one is 13 months old.
Don't worry, she will get it. Every child is different. Maybe yours just doesn't like the sippy. Maybe she would do better with just a cup. Then she can see what is inside it better.

Chantal - posted on 09/10/2010

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Try ones with a softer nipple like bottles soak the nipple in apple juice for 5 mins and then put some diluted juice in the cup and give to her. If she still wont take it at first dont give her the bottle only give her the cup after a little bit shell realize if she wants something shell have to take the cup. She may be mad at first. thankfully my son took well to the cup around 5 months so we didtn fight much but if we try and switch his cups he gets very mad lol Hope it helps Good luck

Kate - posted on 09/10/2010

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I was really lucky in that my son took to his sippy cup immediately, but this was with a free flow cup from about 7 months. What type of cup are you using? I tried all sorts that were supposed to be for babies of 3 months, 4 months, 6 months, where they have to bite to get the milk/water/juice out but he just couldn't get the hang of it and probably wasn't ready, but with a free flow cup he found it really easy and was easily weaned off his bottle during the day by 8 months, only having a bottle at bedtime and by 11 months that stopped too. With my next baby I will go straight for a free flow cup as the others were just a complete waste of money and just confused him. Can be a bit messy as he likes to turn the cup upside down to watch the liquid pour out or pour all over him but thats to be expected I guess!! Good luck
Kate

Jackie - posted on 09/09/2010

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I recommend the Nuk orthodontic sippy cup. It has a really soft spout and it looks a little like a bottle. Both of my girls went from the breast to the nuk when nothing else would work. They also like the straw cups that others have already suggested. Keep at it, it will happen.

Erica - posted on 09/08/2010

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don't feel worried...i am in the same boat with my son who just turned one a month ago. the doctor tells me not to worry and they will do it on their own terms...unfortunatlely! I have tried everything i could think of as well. different cups....have you tried to just have your child drink out of cup like you do? my son will, but i don't have the patience to sit there and give it to him constantly. my son also is intrigued by the beer bottle and we actually put milk in that and he drank it. He was just sick with a fever and wasn't really even drinking the bottle at all for a couple of days. But since he has been better, he chuggs the whole thing down. they will survive either way and by their diet, they get enough fluid... try not to worry.....sorry i didn't have more advise, but know you aren't alone....hope this helps in some way....

Andrea - posted on 09/08/2010

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my son is also recently 1 and the only sippy cup he will use are the disposable ones, they are called take and toss. He doesn't use a bottle anymore but will not use any other cup, none with handles, or soft spouts, or the valve for no spills... I gave a few away to friends to try as they were also not having any luck getting their little ones interested in cups, it worked for a few... may be worth a try:) I also read up on the whole sippy cup vs bottle debate and found that each child makes the transition when they are ready and that there really is no set time. I tend to agree, as long as she's drinking enough does it really matter from what? We as parents stress out far too much about little things, I think because there is too much info out there. It will all work out:)

Francesca - posted on 09/08/2010

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take the valve out of the cup it will pour out and make a mess but she will be able to drink easier. My friend is a speech therapist she says the sippy cup forces babies to learn a new way to suck and will sometimes cause speech issues. If that doesn't work try a cup with a straw. My little girl took to a straw right away around 9 months. Good luck!

Danielle - posted on 09/08/2010

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I had the same problem, I tried all kinds of sippy cups and my daughter would not take it. She would kick it lol. She is 13 months now and guess what I found the right solution. I found a sippy cup with a silicone top by Munchkins and it is like the bottle soft and spill proof. Really cheap at walmart I got 2 for five bucks. She took it imediately and she was off the bottle. It has been a week!! I really suggest tring this one. She did not like juice either and now she drinks it (pointer on that to. I had to give her Juicy Juice Fruit Punch it is the only one she will drink) Here is the link. They have one without the handle to. http://www.munchkin.com/products/detail....

Liesl - posted on 09/07/2010

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Olivia has just picked up the hang of a hard spout sippy cup, before thiswe used a handled Nuby soft spout cup. With 'juice' I use about 1/8th juice and the rest water - much better for them sugar and acid wise and it tastes of something. I only use apple and apple and blackcurrent juices at themoment. The take and toss cups aren't too bad to get them started either. try and get rid of the bottle all together so the only way to get a drink is to use the cup. also.... your child won't be using a bottle when they are 5 so don't panic and don't compare! all children will get there... there is no rush and this is a small milestone.

Stephanie - posted on 09/07/2010

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I know other people mentioned it too but the take and toss cups is what my daughter took first, I think partly because they drip just a little so she got a taste of what was in the cup and then kept going. Then we started using this Nuk cup that has a soft top and she loves those! Good luck!

Vasavi - posted on 09/07/2010

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Hi. In order to get my daughter to use a sippy cup I started her on all different kinds and she wouldn't take one for awhile. There is one by Born Free that is great. It has a very soft spout and she loved it. Now her favorite ones and the straw kind and the take and toss. Hope this helps.

Megan - posted on 09/07/2010

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I'm going through the same things now and my son will be 13 months this week. I first tried the sippy cup around 6 months, but didn't really start using it regularly until 10 months. I just recently tried cutting out all bottles except for first AM and last PM before bed. He's learning that this sippy cup is starting to replace the bottles throughout the day and now he's flat out refusing in most cases. He actually started out better than he's doing now, but I don't think it has anything to do with not knowing how, it's just plain stubborness now.
Good luck, keep trying, that's what I plan to do.

Jennifer - posted on 09/03/2010

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When I first started using it with my son it didn't come out fast enough for him and he got frustrated. I took the plastic part from inside the cup (that makes it not spill) out. I didn't let him walk around the house with it like that or anything but with meals I'd help him use it to drink milk, water, or juice and after a while he got the hang of it enough that now I can put the piece in the cup and he does just fine. You may also try a different kind of cup. I know the first thing that my son got really into was the camelback cups that have a straw type thing that you bite down and suck and it holds the liquid in the straw instead of leaking out when they stop sucking on it. He really liked that and started doing better with his sippy cups after he had one of those. Otherwise she may just need time...every baby's different.

Latrese - posted on 09/03/2010

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Ethan wouldn't take the sippy cup at first either, but I changed to a different cup and he took... Be completely on the cup since about 10.5 months.

Amy - posted on 09/03/2010

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i first started out using the soft spout sippy cups. my daughter was alright with it. but her uncle didnt have no sippy cups all he had was the bug juice bottles. and she fell in love with using them bottles i guess she felt like a big girl and now she dont care if its a sippy cup or a bug juice bottle or even just a cup with a straw in it.

Lisa - posted on 09/03/2010

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I should also state with Wesley it helped to see another older kid using a cup that looked similar my older son used a cup that looked a lot like the cheap sippy cups. In any case I would try several different types and then just keep trying to give it to him. It took my son seeing everyone drinking out of similar cups to get it.

Lisa - posted on 09/03/2010

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lol I have found that you try different sippy cups. Interesting the cheep take and toss ones that look the most like normal cups are the ones he will drink out of the expensive ones he just dumps on the floor.

Jennifer - posted on 09/02/2010

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I have to agree, Samuel did not want the sippy cup at first either, he would sip from it and spit the liquid out, but one day it was all I gave to (except at bedtime) and after that he got the hang of it and now we are completely bottle free.

Michelle - posted on 09/02/2010

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just keep giving it to her. Have you tried the ones with the soft spout. One day just keep giving it to her and don't give her a btl. she will eventually drink out of it when she gets thirsty. sometimes tough love is the way to go. You could also try giving her a cup with a straw that is spill proof. my daughter love her straw cups. good luck i hope something helps

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