When should I start on a sippy cup, and which one works best?

Danielle - posted on 09/02/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )




My daughter is almost 8 months old. She can hold her own bottle and everything. Should I start trying a spippy cup with her? If so which brand is the easiest and best to use? Also which are the best juices with less sugar? Thank you for your help.


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Patreace - posted on 09/11/2009




Sounds like she's ready to start! My daughter uses Playtex brand I started with stage one too late...wish I would have started when you are. She just nibbled the spout. Stage two she took to right away and I just took the bottle cold turkey, no, except for bed time. I gave the bottle for two weeks during naps and bed time. After that she transitioned easily. I don't know if it helped with the stage cups but she did it within a month and a half completely to stage 4 cups by Playtex, the ones with the straw top.

Sarah - posted on 09/11/2009




i used sippy cups from the start of weaning at 4months.
i started off with a tommy tippee non spill one with a soft spout but now i use just regular sippy cups that spill .. since its not recommended to put juice in a non spill cup or a bottle .. since babies don't learn to sip it they just suck which they already know how to do .. but its not actually good for their teeth.
i have since invested in cups where the spout folds down since juice is always spilling when out and about.
my son is 7months old now.

Akeisha - posted on 09/11/2009




i use the avent magic cup....absolutely no leaks i love it and my daughter does too she 5 months now

Cathi - posted on 09/11/2009




Age really depends on the child. Nuby makes an excellent started sippy with a soft, nipple-like spout. It also has handles on both sides, easier for little hands. You can actually start regular cups around 6 months...you may want to start this one in just a diaper and on a floor that is not carpet, lol.

Susan - posted on 09/11/2009




I absolutely love the Nuby System they sell some with sippy cup and straw is a great starter have found them both at babies and kmart..and very soft my son doesnt care for the hard ones too much..

BethAnn - posted on 09/11/2009




I used the NUBY silicone spout sippy cups at 10 months first with my daughter bc they resembled her bottles most. then we went to Gerber no spill tumblers and now at 19months she uses the flip top straw tumblers...the straw is what we were working her towards bc it is best for their speech development. however when she is sitting down at meal time she doesnt need the top any more...we just put about 2in of drink in her cup and she drinks out of with little to no spills.
as far as juice goes i just use juicy juice 100% and diluted half and half until 16 months now 3pt juice one part water...not bc of sugar content but bc full juice gives her runny poopies...and she only has juice with snack or meal time, I give her water in between so she doesnt fill up on milk or juice

Roxy - posted on 09/11/2009




My sons 6 months and can hold his own bottle but no teeth have come in yet so i'm waiting til then to give him a sippy. I would suggest the same due to the risk of tooth decay/plaque/etc. and when you do choose a sippy cup, I hear the ones with a straw are perfect for preventing future teeth/gum problems.

User - posted on 09/11/2009




If you use avent bottles you can just buy the sippy bit to put in the lid instead of the teat, saves money if you have to try a whole variety. I found my son loved the straw cups because they still have to suck.

Kim - posted on 09/10/2009




My daughter started taking a sippy cup at 6 months old, with a plastic nipple playtex sippy. I switched her to a hard one when she was a year so she didn't chew the plastic off.

Jera - posted on 09/08/2009




I would say yes if her teeth has already came in. My son is 7 months old and he can pick up his sippy cup and bottle, but the sippy cup is hard on his gums since his teeth are trying to come in.

Also, I would suggest a sippy cup that doesn't leak when it's dropped of tipped over.

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Well I tried a few difftrent cups an she did not like some and we ended up using the Nubby cups:) I was glad cheep and it had cheep replacement parts:)-

Vee - posted on 09/08/2009




Wow 4 months!! My daughter didn't start until 10 months with Gerber cups, but now she doesn't use bottles really - they still give her bottles at daycare, but she doesn't seem to care either way. Teaching her how to drink from the cup - that was kind of a special memory for me! I needed to demonstrate to her how to suck from it, she picked it up after a few tries. Now she holds her own cups. I agree with the other moms about the juice. I use 100% juice that my husband and I also drink, and we dilute hers with water - I usually do 1:1.

Lesley - posted on 09/02/2009




I started my son on a sippy cup at 4 months. I found a sippy at Babies R Us it is a starter cup. It has a soft sippy nipple. I love it and so does my son.

Samantha - posted on 09/02/2009




We started our son at 5 months and used the Playtex No Spil one. We give it to him once, maybe twice a day and he loves it. He took to it right away. For juices, the Gerber ones have less sugar, but you can also use 100% juice and dilute it also.

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