Is anyone trying to get there Dec Baby to drink from a sippy cup?

Jennifer - posted on 07/24/2009 ( 51 moms have responded )

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My Daughter Skylar Marie's Doctor told me to Start her on Juice but he wants me to give it to her in a sippy cup and not bottle so I'm wondering if anyone else got told this.

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Anna - posted on 08/10/2009

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We started with the sippy cup a few weeks back. He did not get it at first but picked up on it eventually. But we are a bit lazy and find it easier to just hand him the bottle. I too am unsure about juice.

Stephanie - posted on 08/10/2009

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Yes, Colton has been drinking juice from his sippy cup since he was about 6 months old. I have to hold it for him and help him, but he likes it. I got those really good Gerber cups where he was to suck on them pretty hard to get antyhing to come out. It's something different. Colton is 8 months now and he is just starting to hold his cup by himself while we are eating dinner. I think it's good for them.

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My son uses a beginner sippy cup that has a handle on each side and a soft tip. The name is called Nuk and it says it is for 6 month and older. He does very well with it and can drink by himself.

Jennifer - posted on 08/09/2009

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I have been giving my daughter a sippy witha soft lip. since 5 months and she does great with it. She will not hold it (or her bottle for that matter) for a long period of time, but if I hold it for her she drinks good from it. I have also been trying to get her to drink from a regular cup and it was suggested by a friend of mine, that when trying to introduce the regular cup to use a shot glass instead of a regular size cup. Apparently a friend of a friend's baby learned that way in daycare. I have tried the shot glass and it is easier, as it is much smaller than a regular cup- better fit for a baby's mouth.

Erin - posted on 08/09/2009

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i was told that to and i have tried several different kinds. Nuby has a cup with 3 different nipples and the first stage is like a bottle nipple and that is what Ayden likes the best.

Donna - posted on 08/08/2009

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My son, just turned 8 months, has been using a sippy cup for both water and milk since 4 months. Took a while to get used to but now manages really well and only has his bedtime feed in a bottle, which he also holds himself if lying slightly back. He loves drinking out of a cup (with no lid) although it is quite messy and seems to get more down his front than he manages to drink!! Haven't tried a straw yet....might give it a go soon.

Amanda - posted on 08/08/2009

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My son is still not fond of a sippy cup.. Been offering one with water since 4.5 months and now sometimes diluted baby apple juice... I am on the third one now with a softer spout and he can manage to get some out of it but is now refusing it all together... So last cpl days I am putting the regular cup up to his mouth, messy but he is getting some after his lunch and supper now. Never thought to try and straw route but now I am curious and want to go buy one lol

Emma - posted on 08/08/2009

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MY daughter has had juice since she was newborn i just add bolied water with it .Because it dilutes it and it goes fether ,,she drinks out of a bottle although now and then a sippy cup she holds it she was a fast leaner she could hold her bottle since 3months

Kesha - posted on 08/07/2009

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when you do start juice, mix it with half water. it's better for them and it's not such a big switch from water.

Kesha - posted on 08/07/2009

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My baby girl loves her sippy cup! we started giving it to her just over five months old. they will play with it at first, but it's okay. the point is to get them use to it. it may take her a little while to figure it out, but just let her take her time. continue to offer it and eventually she'll get it. the hard spout is easier for them to suck, but the soft spout is fun for them to chew on!

Samantha - posted on 08/04/2009

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my son christopher is on juice and the doctor told me when he was 6 months to try him on a sippy cup and he like it but it is the one he has to hold up like a bottle and it had a soft tip cause he dont know how to use a straw yet

Natalie - posted on 08/04/2009

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yep. doc put my LO on 1/2 juice 1/2 water to help with constipation. Couldn't get LO to suck out of sippy cup or tip the cup... tried a straw. she can suck it down with the best of them. Spoke to alot of my mommy friends, seems many kids don't get the sippy cup rhythm becasue they all have that no spill feature now, making them hard to suck. good luck.

Jessica - posted on 08/04/2009

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My daughter loves drinking from her sippy cup, the best one is made buy nuk.

Nikki - posted on 08/04/2009

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i was told to give my son (nathan cole) juice when he was maybe 4 months old tops..... and by the time he was 5 months old he decided he did not want his juice in the bottle anymore and he wanted it from the sippy cup. Which was a little messy but now he is 8 months and does not want his formula from the bottle now either, he now wants it from the sippy cup. I had one doctor tell me that he should not be drinking from that yet and another one tell me that he should be, i think if he was not ready for it then he would not take it from the cup....you know your child the best!

Beverly - posted on 08/03/2009

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I have never heard of that...I personally think it's to young but that's just me. Miles is barely holding on to a bottle, there is no way he could do a sippy.

Megan - posted on 08/02/2009

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Yes, I'm on WIC and when we went to our last appt in May (my daughter was 5 months) they said that if she is going for our cups then we could start introducing sippy cups. As she had already been going for our cups I went & got her the sippy cup that day. We filled it half way with water and gave it to her to try. We drank out of our cups at the same time so she knew what to do. A few minutes later she was drinking out of the sippy cup. Granted it was messy at first cause she wasn't used to the amount of liquid coming out but thats why we started with water (if it spills who cares it's just water). Now she has 1 cup of water everyday from her cup. I can't say anything about juice as we haven't started that yet. We are fearful that all she will want is juice once we start it. So we are waiting on the juice.

We were told by WIC and our ped that nothing should go in the bottle but milk. Having juice in a bottle can increase tooth decay not to mention only having milk in the bottle will make weaning easier.

Krystal - posted on 08/01/2009

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i didnt get told that, but Rory started to drink out of a sippy cup when he was 6 months old. I didnt give him juice in it until he was 7 months though.

User - posted on 07/31/2009

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I started sippies at 6 months and the little guy is doing great. although he doesnt like juice...so we make sugar free kool aid and aid a baby powdered vitamin thing to it.

Jamie - posted on 07/31/2009

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I have not started yet...but thats a good idea. Im going to start it this weekend!!!!

Jeannie - posted on 07/31/2009

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I have tried giving my daughter a sippy cup for a little while now and she just chews on it. She likes drinking out of a regular glass but obviously most of it just gets all over her! So we don't do that very often. She prefers juice out of her bottle. Good Luck with your little one!! :)

Katrice - posted on 07/31/2009

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Yep, my son loves the sippy cup, and regular cups as well. He can also drink from a straw too.

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Hannah went straight to a cup...she doesn't like trying to figure out the sippy part of the cup (to used to the breast I guess). But she drinks GREAT from a cup!

Lisa - posted on 07/30/2009

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Yes I have started my daughter on one and it is bad she doesn't like it won't drink from anything but a bottle for right now.

Lesli - posted on 07/30/2009

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my son only gets one bottle a day and the rest he takes in a sippy cup. I use the Nubby brand with the two hadles on the side. The first time I gave it to him he took it right away. And now he knows when he sees the cup it is for him.

Sara - posted on 07/30/2009

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My Dr. said to start using a cup, using either breastmilk or formula to get him used to drinking milk with meals. It has been very difficult. I use water mainly, we haven't tried juice. She told us this at his six month appt. I'm thinking we'll still be using the bottle a little after he is a year old :)

Rebecca - posted on 07/30/2009

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I have read that inturduceing a sippy cup early is good because it is easier to get them to use a cup later. I use the ones with the soft tops because he can suck on it like a bottle. As far as the juice is conserned I was told to do it so if you need to give the baby pedialite they will take it but I opted not to because I really don't want my baby to have the sugar.

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I've been using the nuk sippy cup and it's been great. She's been using a sippy cup from 4months. She sucks more on the softer nipple though.

Janay - posted on 07/30/2009

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I started to use a sippy cup but then stopped because my daughter wasnt used to it. i went out and got a soothie starter kit which had a regular nipple which defeated the purpose of the cup. now im lost as to trying it again. :(

Emily - posted on 07/30/2009

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Thanks for the advice everyone! My daughter prefers drinking out of a regular cup, although most of it ends up all over her. I've been sticking to water because it's obviously better for her and because it's not sticky! She really doesn't know what to do with a hard plastic sippy cup except chew on it, so I've felt she has just not been getting enough water (esp. now that it's summer). I'll look around for a soft spout!

Lauren - posted on 07/30/2009

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I have the same thing, my son Jake was born on 3rd december and isn't sure what to make of hard spout sippy cups, I'm giving him water in bottles at the moment, and going to speak to my HV about how I can wean him off having juice/water in bottles and having them in cups. I'm getting there.

Cassi - posted on 07/29/2009

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I was told 6 months was a good age to start a transition to a sippy cup, although a lot of doctors will tell you to stear clear of it now. My son was breastfed and hadn't really been exposed to a bottle much so we gave him a sippy cup at about 4 months of age and he took to it well. I feel better about straws though than I do sippy cups and if you can get them to drink out of a straw I would recommend that. Any juice my son gets he drinks from a child cup with a straw because any acids from any drink are recommended from a straw for the health of your teeth. And I agree that eating and drinking should be done in an upright position. Laying and eating or drinking can cause a baby to choke and also teach them to be lazy, and with obesity rates now I know I deffinetly don't want to teach my child that. Just how I see it.

Joanne - posted on 07/29/2009

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I just started to introduce the sippy cup to my son and it's not that simple for him at this point but he definately tries.

Samantha - posted on 07/29/2009

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Everywhere I've seen says no juice in a bottle. My doctor told us to start trying the sippy cup when Hunter was 6.5 months old. I give him water in it and he brings it to his mouth and chews on it, sometimes if I hold it he gets water out, but isn't real interested in holding the cup or his bottle for that matter by himself yet.

Beth - posted on 07/28/2009

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we use sippy cups all the time with only water in it, he loves drinking outta a cup plus he like to hold his own bottle and cup, u need to try the cups without the valve and thats how they learn, u can also get cups with handles at the side

Crystal - posted on 07/28/2009

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Well my Dr. told me a sippy was fine but no juice till after a year since there really is no nutrional value to the juice and it is full of sugar. So i have been doing a sippy with water. She does great with it when she is laying down but sitting she is not getting it. Some people tell me because i nurse she has never had to hold anything.

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My son's pedi said at 6 mos to start practicing sippy cup, straws, and straight from cup with him each meal -- but only with water. (She advocates no juice until 9 mos.)



We've had some success with straight from cup, and he'll take a few swigs from a soft-spout sippy cup. No luck with straws yet -- he just wants to chew them. :)

Dana - posted on 07/27/2009

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Has anyone done a whole feeding (4 to 8 oz) via cup/sippy? How did it work out and how did you build up to it? I'm curious if this is feasible because I'll have to express and leave milk for my DS for at least one feeding when I go back to work.

Alia - posted on 07/27/2009

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He used to intently look at me drinking from a glass and was curious so I started my DS with a regular cup and gave him sips of water, it went not too bad of course I assist him then I offered him the sippy cup with out the spout and he learnt to hold the cup I still assist him in tilting it all the way. Now when I give him juice I leave the lid on so that we don't have as much of a messy situation, but water is always straight from the cup.

Oh, since my son was exclusively breastfed I never got him on to pacifiers or the bottle, so far it has gone well.

Missy - posted on 07/27/2009

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We started the sippy cup at about 4 months. He does pretty well with the soft spout cup. I either put water or juice in it. He doesn't drink that much but he knows how to do it. He holds the cup on his own too.

Katie - posted on 07/27/2009

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We started with water in the sippy cup around 4 months. My son never really got the hang of it so we started a regular cup around 6 months. It was pretty messy at first but now most of the liquid ends up in his mouth :)

Tammy - posted on 07/27/2009

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I have been told the same thing and my daughter will drink from the sippy cup. My daughter is really picky about the spout...you may need to try several different cups before finding one she will like.

Claudine - posted on 07/27/2009

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Overhere in europe its normal for a 6 month old to start drinking from a sippycup. my son started drinking from a sippy cup when he was 5 monts. But that was the trial period. Now at almost 8mnts he holds it him self and drinks from it.

Dana - posted on 07/26/2009

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I'm seriously considering trying it in the middle of next month. Finn is breastfed and hasn't had a bottle in a while (since I've been home for the summer). I'm thinking that putting him back on a bottle in September, only to take it away again is kind of counter-intuitive. Yet, I'm afraid he won't get enough breastmilk out of a sippy before abandoning it. Any opinions?

Marguerite - posted on 07/26/2009

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Toby holds the bottle by himself & hes well able 2 feed himself off the spoon.Hes great.But HATES the beaker.Im not bothered tho,bottles are grand like.x

JoAnne - posted on 07/26/2009

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No, I haven't tried it either. My son was born in December, too (26th) and I think it is too soon for him. He is just getting the hang of solids so I think one at a time. What is the big rush anyway? He barely holds his bottle by himself. I think I am going to wait another couple of months to trya sippy cup. I have a 2 year old daughter and we didn't start her on a sippy cup until she was almost a year old.

Tiffany - posted on 07/26/2009

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my daughter has been taking juice in a cup now for a month she wont hold it but understands the sippy cup she thinks she is grown now lol the sippy cup helps with their speech development thats wat the doctor said

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my daughter doesn't like sippy cups she drinks straight out of a cup (making a bit of a mess lol) she never got the sippy cup so i gave up and started using a cup so far so good well good luck

Vicki - posted on 07/25/2009

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I've had my boy drinking from a cup for awhile now. He can't do it by himself by any means, but he knows how it works. I've also got a sippy cup for him, but I'm not sure how I feel about it... He can drink on his own while lying down, but I kinda feel that eating and drinking should be done while seated. Also it doesn't make much sense either to teach the kid that to have a drink, you need to hold the cup straight upside down. The first time he uses a cup without a lid, the entire contents will be all over him. Well, that's just how I feel about it. The entire eating/drinking learning process is an over-all messy one.

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