9m old not sucking on sippy, just chewing... help!

Sarh - posted on 03/08/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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He doesn't suck at all on his sippy cups or straws. I posted a month or so ago about sippys for breastfed babies, but still no luck! I have bought a Munchkins and Nuby soft spout and a Tommee Tippee close to natural or whatever, but he just chews on them all and doesn't even attempt to suck on them. I have tried to get him to drink from my straws, but he doesn't... I've given him some of my fruit smoothies out of the straw as a taste hoping that he would try and suck on the straw to get more, but he doesn't. I don't know what else to do! I have tried putting my breast milk and diluted juice in his cups, I've also tried more juice then water, but nothing. He chews on them and I can hear him swallowing, but he doesn't suck on it and doesn't get much liquid from chewing on it. I give them to him at every meal and even when he is playing. He shows interest in other children's sippies, but I don't know... Do I try some formula in the cup?? A friend of mine said her daughter refused her breast milk and only wanted formula at like 5ms... weird to me.

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Catherine - posted on 03/09/2011

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Have you tried taking the valve out of the sippy cup? It'll be a bit messy, but it's easier to get stuff out that way, so it might help him to get the idea of it. Then, once he masters it, you can put the valve back in. That's what we did with my son and it worked like a charm.

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/17/2011

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The sippy cup can be a challenge because it is very different. With a bottle it will leak when turned upside down and trigger the suck reflex. With a sippy ..not so much. Definately take the leak proof valve for teaching purposes and put it back in when he has mastered it.

Cheryl Stinson - posted on 03/11/2011

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We went through the same thing at first. I had about 10 of the cups that you have to tip up and had to give them all away because she wouldn't use them! Now we only have 3 of the ones with straws so I feel like I am always washing dishes lol!

Sarh - posted on 03/11/2011

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Thanks Cheryl, I'm hesitant to buy a straw cup until he gets the hang of drinking out of my straws...? Or maybe I should just go ahead with it. We have pretty much thrown away so much money with these 4 cups we have already bought, I'm afraid to see how many more we will need to get... he is going to be a sassy little bubby and I bet one day in the near future, probably after we buy every last cup available, then he will take all of them no problem. lol.

Cheryl Stinson - posted on 03/10/2011

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Sarh, I use the platex cups with the straw and they are made so you can squeeze the bottom of the cup and it pre-loads the straw so they can get the liquid up easier! My child would not use the cup that you have to tip up at all! My dentist says that the ones with straws are better anyway esp when they have teeth!

Sarh - posted on 03/09/2011

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Thanks ladies, I'm not sure if the tommee tippee has a valve and I know the other 3 cups don't. I will buy a cup with a valve next and try that.
Emily, I give him sips of my water or fruit smoothies from a regular cup and he does great if I pay attention. lol.

Emily - posted on 03/09/2011

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Yep, take the valve out. Or even just try a regular cup. I would just use water, rather than formula. Don't fret about it.. your baby will get it eventually. It just takes some time. He should still be getting enough to drink just from nursing, so the sippy cup is more for learning than nutrition at that age.

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2011

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we did what Catherine suggested to help our son figure it out. we bought a hard spout sippy cup, took the valve out and tipped it into his mouth for him to help him understand the concept. it is messy so we only did it while he was in the high chair but it helped TON.

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