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Sippy cup help

Tricia - posted on 09/29/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Our son is almost 22 months old and has been on a sippy cup for almost a year. When we weaned him from his bottle, the only cups he would take were the ones with the silicone tops (we used silicone nipples on his bottles). We figured eventually he'd start using the harder plastic tops, but he absolutely refuses. We've tried both Gerber and Playtex ones and even put those out as his only cup and he will go all day if we made him without any fluids as opposed to drinking out of them. He's started chewing the ends on the silicone ones and they leak like crazy. We'd really like him to start drinking from the others to alleviate the constant cleanups. Any suggestions?

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User - posted on 10/06/2009

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My son is 21 months and I actually taught him how to drink from a regular cup this last monday :) and he did great!, he loves loves the regular cups wants to keep drinking and drinking water from it. He didnt never learned how to drink from sippy cups because you have to tilt them back, was easier for him to use those with straw or regular cups with regular plastic straws, but even that he did geart with the regular cup. I also bought him the small rubbermaid cup they' re great too!, they're not that expensive as those for kids only and they are much smaller, so they are easy to take it everywhere.

User - posted on 10/05/2009

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my 22 mth us the gerbers plastic but i also treat them to a small cup when i am sitting w/ them, they are staring to use it at dinner,

Melissa - posted on 10/04/2009

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You might also try some of the disposable sippy cups. They don't have to suck as hard on those as they don't have the stoppers. They are a little inbetween rubber and the hard tops.



I find the playtex straws are a little difficult with my daughter right now because she wants to tilt them back and you can't do that as nothing comes out :) So I might suggest not pushing the plastic straw/sippy playtex if he's not too happy with them. Maybe think about starting to move to a 2 handled cup or a regular cup and only allow him at the table to use those and the other ones when your out some where that you can't have a cup with a regular straw.

User - posted on 10/03/2009

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I think straws are a great thing to try! My son loves straws. He also uses a regular cup during meal times. He now only uses sippy cups for car trips or in between meals.

Tricia - posted on 10/03/2009

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I bought one of the playtex coolster tumblers a few weeks ago and he doesn't take that one either. He likes to take empty regular cups and "pretend" to drink from them so I thought the playtex one would work. But no go. I'm trying just regular straws (like when we eat out) to see if he can get the hang of those before I go spending more money on cups he'll never use. Thanks for suggestions everyone!

Jateice - posted on 10/01/2009

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You might try switching to a straw cup. Look for a thin straw because they are harder to chew a hole in. Or you could look for a cup that you have to tip like a real cup such as the playtex coolster tumbler. It is still leak proof but there isn't anything to chew through.

Stephanie - posted on 10/01/2009

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Your pediatrician might have a better suggestion, but I think that if he's that thirsty that he'll drink from the hard tops whether he likes it or not. We had to do that with our cutie as well...They like chewing things. lol.

Jen - posted on 09/30/2009

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My daughter uses both, but she also chews through the tops. I had to throw one away because she had bit through the holes and another is on it's last limb. Her hard tops look like a little rat has chewed on them. This is even after taking the cups away when she starts to chew on them. I think maybe it's time to start teaching our kids to use a regular cup. I don't really have any other ideas.

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