tips on how to switch from bottle to sippy cup

Alisha - posted on 07/23/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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my almost 11mo old cut his fourth tooth today and i have been trying to get him to use a sippy for a couple months now off and on. but with the teeth coming in i want to break him from the bottle! need some tips!

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Stacey - posted on 08/24/2010

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My first son was off the bottle about a month after his 1st birthday and I'm hoping the same holds true for my second. So far he's making very good progress. I have found that the sippy cups with the handles and a soft spout worked best for me. The soft spouted cups are more like the feel of a nipple so i think it's a little more relateable for them. soon after my older son got the hang of drinking from these i would mix in cups with a little harder spouts and he didn't even notice. Good Luck ! hope this helps!

Amber - posted on 08/13/2010

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my little guy will be 1 on the 26th of aug..and this past week i started giving him a snack before bed...then offered him water in a sippy cup...then rocked him to sleep like always but the snack helps a lot...he just forgot about the bottle...to night was night number 5 without a bottle!!

Meghan - posted on 08/13/2010

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I had a problem because I bought some with the double valves. Renee hated them... but then I tried it and you couldn't get any out of it!!! So no wonder! We got a sippy with just one white valve in it (I think it's Nuby) and she's great with it... drinks tons of water. Make sure your darling isn't just frustrated!

Tiffany - posted on 08/09/2010

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well one mistake is doing something off and on. If you want to do something you have to stick with it from the beginning. You have to make a decision and put it in stone that the baby isn't getting the bottle anymore. At 11 months I really think he's not to old for a bottle yet but you are the mother and it's your decision. If you really want him off the bottle go buy the transition sippy cups and throw the bottles away. Eventually he will get hungry or thirsty enough and he will take the sippy cup.

Alisha - posted on 08/06/2010

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there is one nuby that works for him but its a small cup and i learned it works better without the handles! I also purchased the sports nuby b/c i thought it kind of looked like a bottle but he has no interest with that one yet and i have the avent ones and he sometimes drinks out of them.

Jeremi - posted on 07/29/2010

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I'm having the same issue with my daughter. She'll be 1 on the 20th and seems to HATE the sippy cup. I've tried so many different kinds. I finally found one from Nuby that is a transitional cup with 3 different tops. One is shaped like a nipple but seems to be harder to suck, the next is a soft tip spout, and the last is like a straw/.sports top. I'm hoping for some success with this one.

Tracy - posted on 07/29/2010

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I'm looking out here for some good tips too - my son uses it as a weapon, so I have taken it away from him, especially the ones with the handles, just to give other parents a heads up - I did try a Nuby one with a little juice and water and he had some interest in it. I think with my oldest it was a game of finding which one they liked and it's really common that initially with the change they have a decrease in fluid intact until the get used to it. I never gave my son a pacifier, so my thought is if he has a bottle until 1 year old so be it, that will be gone by 15 mos. I plan on trying again at 1 year - take away the afternoon bottles first and replace them with the sippy and then the morning then the last one will be before bed one - good luck and watch the handled cups!!! they fly far

Tasia - posted on 07/29/2010

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My oldest daughter has been on sippy cups since she was 6 months old. I figured that if your child can hold a bottle on her own, then she is ready to hold a cup. Its not a difficult process. You can get the first year avent training cup, and it make the transition really smooth.

Jocelyn - posted on 07/28/2010

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I use the Nuby brand for my daughter. She has been off her bottle for a whole week now. I started by giving her it in the morning and continued throughout the day. I basically went cold turkey with her and the bottle. I just refuse to give her her bottle. She will not drink from any sippy cup that has the hard spout. She loves the silicone spouts. I tried the Munchkin brand but it was too hard for her suck out of for some reason. She really likes the 10 oz sippy cups without handles cause they look and feel more like a bottle to her. She still won't drink juice though. I don't think she really likes juice for some reason.

Lani - posted on 07/28/2010

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Abbi will only use the sippy cups with a soft spout. Her favorite is the Nuby, but she will take any of them , even the cheap ones from the Dollar General as long as it's a soft top. She won't have anything to do with the hard tops. She drinks whatever I give her out of them...milk, water, or juice.

Vicki - posted on 07/28/2010

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I switched my boy to sippy cup 3 weeks ago, he was drinking his water from sippy cup with handles (for a couple of months) and soft spout by gerber, so put milk in that sippy cup and took bottles away, and started him on sippy cup with no handles for his water. He hasn't wanted his bottle as he has the familiar sippy cup for milk and is liking the new cup for water, the new cup has a softish spout aswell by tommee tippee.

Amber - posted on 07/28/2010

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My daughter didn`t want to drink her milk out of a sippy cup but I just gave her the milk in there and when she`d spit it out I`d put it in the bottle then gradually she got the idea and she loves it.

Amanda - posted on 07/27/2010

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My son wouldn't use a sippy cup no matter how hard I tried until I found the sports bottle made by Munchkin and Nuby. He loves them and will drink water and milk from them with no problem (he refuses all juice and fruit, lol). Hope this helps...it helped me and we're botltle-free now except for his mid-nighttime bottle.

Jennifer - posted on 07/27/2010

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i am fixing to start switching my daughter from bottle to sippy cup. I plan on it being a long process. I am going to start with her mid day feedings,and offer the milk in a sippy cup to begin with.She is already drinking juice out of them, so she knows how to use them and is familiar with them. I will keep her on the mid day sippy cup feeding for about a week and a half or so, then add her morning feeding to the cup routine....and so on and so forth. bedtime will be the last to go,since that will be the hardest.
hope that helps.

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