Sippy cups??

Allie - posted on 12/08/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9 months old and she is not liking the sippy cup. I have had to take out the white piece in the cup so the juice will come out, because she won't suck on it. But she doesn't really want to drink the juice either. She used to take a bottle when I offered it to her, but now she won't. I plan on weening her at 12 months, so I am not sure how to get her interested in the sippy cup. Any advise?

Allie Ayer

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Katie - posted on 12/09/2010

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When my daughter finally started solids I gave her water from a regular plastic cup. It was messy, but it was only water. She never had bottles and was used to working for breast milk, with a normal cup with no lid she didn't have any kind of resistance. She got in the habit of holding, tipping and getting something from the cup. We didn't introduce a sippy until much later, just for the convenience factor when we were on the go. I think it was a great way to learn and now that she's older she can drink from anything (and she still prefers water to juice).

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Sarah - posted on 12/10/2010

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Sippy cups are there for a parent's convenience. Have you tried having him drink for a regular cup? Like a previous posted said, they're messy but have him drink and get used to water.

Katie - posted on 12/10/2010

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I hope so! Just remember to start with a very small amount or you'll have a very soggy little girl.

Allie - posted on 12/10/2010

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Kaite- Thanks I think I may try this. she is always playing with my son's empty cups and chewing on the side. Maybe this with work for her.

Iona - posted on 12/08/2010

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My daughter also hated sippy cups and was exclusively breast fed. She was about that age when she learned to drink out of a straw and that was the only way she would drink water (she also wouldn't take a bottle). To teach her, we had her drink out of the "bottom" of the straw while I used my thumb at the top to help control the flow of the water. Once it seemed she was sucking on the straw, I encouraged her to try the right way and she took right to it. Also, she didn't want anything but water out of a straw until a few months ago either (she's 22 months now)!

Briana - posted on 12/08/2010

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I have this same problem. My son chews on the sippy cup. I get the Nuby ones because they have a silicone top and when he chews on it, it opens up and lets some of the liquid out but he doesn't ever suck on it. My sister and friend had a baby that wouldn't take to a bottle or sippy and at 10 months their kids took a straw sippy. I have one and offer it to my son once in a while but he still just chews on it. Our plans were to wean by 12 months as well but it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

Celeste - posted on 12/08/2010

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I agree with keep trying! I loved the Nuby cups; they have a soft spout and it was easier for my boys to get the hang of it (and they never took bottles).

Hang in there, she'll get it :)

Amy - posted on 12/08/2010

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We tried several different sippy cups with our son and we couldn't get him to switch until we completely hid the bottles. Then after a week or two he was fine drinking out of any of them. Have you tried any with straws?

I'd keep offering the sippy cup, then when you think there (and you) are ready to completely get rid of the bottle hide or get rid of them somehow.

Katherine - posted on 12/08/2010

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I really liked the Nuby sippies. My son took to them really well, although he LOVES to chew through the silicon tips, so I have to change them out every few months. Try putting in some ice water, especially if she's teething. My son loved it at that age.

Allie - posted on 12/08/2010

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I know there is no need for the juice or any other fluids. Its just to help with the sippy cup. But it doesn't matter, she doesn't drink any of it any ways. I might switch to water.

Courtney - posted on 12/08/2010

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My son did not take one til he was a year i started when he was 9 months and i did the nubys they have a soft spout where he could bite it and juice or milk would come out. But once he figured out how to suck on it he did great and soon was ok with the hard ones.

Vicki - posted on 12/08/2010

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It took my boy a long time to get used to sippy cups. He was probably a year before he actually started drinking from them and it's only recently (he's now 17 months) that he's been drinking a significant amount. He found the cheaper ones easier at first rather than the no-spill variety. Just try a few different brands and be patient, she'll get it.

Any reason for the juice? Babies really only need breastmilk before one. I offered water from about six months really just so he could get used to the sippy.

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