Milk Sippy Cup Age

Keri - posted on 01/10/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )




Hello All,
My daughter will be 15 months at the end of this month.
I give her juice from a sippy cup, but never tried milk.
I only give her milk from her bottle.....
Should I be using a sippy cup????
Please let me know your thoughts.


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Ive also heard that it causes their teeth to become soft if they are on the bottle too long, and a girl I work with just had to take her 18 month old for surgery because the enamel wore so thin her teeth broke, although im sure this isnt all to do with the bottle...

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My doctor seems to think twelve months is the time to introduce the sippy cup, however we couldnt get the grandparents all on board so now at fifteen months he gets upset when we try to give it to him. For the most part I have him in his high chair and while he's eating I get him to take little sips here and there, and then finish his drink when he's done eating. I havent yet been able to give him a sippy cup whie he's playing ( and not sitting in the high chair) he just wants to pour it out everywhere and play with it?!

Valerie - posted on 01/19/2011




I started a sippy for juice and water at 6 months and at a year we started giving her milk for breakfast. We also took the bottle away except at night and most of the time she could take it or leave it. She takes a bottle maybe everyother night. We don't get it unless she is being fussy. We will slowly let it fade out hopefully by the time she is 18 months.

Gina - posted on 01/18/2011




I was told by my doctor that by 18 months a child should be off the bottle. At a year, I gave my child juice in a sippy cup at snack time, but all the rest of the time he used a bottle. My goal was for him to be off the bottle by 15 months and by 14 months he only used sippy cups. It took time to find one that worked well. I heard the free flowing ones are better because they don't hurt a child's ears from having to suck to hard. My son does great with them.

Melissa - posted on 01/16/2011




I would start transitioning to a sippy cup. It's personal preference, but the younger you do it, the easier as the child hasn't gained too much of an attachment to the item. It becomes harder as they get older. I have friends that their kids are 4 still with a bottle...

It's your personal preference, But by 2 I have heard they should be off for reasons to do with their teeth development.

My daughter would not give it up at 12 months. She refused to drink milk unless it was in a bottle. I kept trying and as of this week, we are100% on sippy milk. I just had to take the bottle 100% away as a slow transition didn't work, she just screamed if it wasn't the bottle. She had been using sippies since 6 months for water and juice.

Sharon - posted on 01/16/2011




Our little man only has milk first thing in the morning, bedtime and sometimes for his afternoon nap. We always give it in a bottle and will continue to do so until he's off milk for sleeptime.

Jackie - posted on 01/13/2011




Our twins are 15 months yesterday and just a couple of weeks ago we started doing sippy cups of milk. In the morning at breakfast after their oatmeal I usually give them a bottle of milk and then the rest of the day I give them a sippy cup of milk at meals then sippy cups of water otherwise..I think everyone is different though. I have heard many different schools of thought about it.

Lynn - posted on 01/10/2011




My son has been on his sippy cup since he was 4 months. He now only gets a milk bottle at nap time and bed time. Everything else (milk, water, juice) is in a sippy cup.

Stephanie - posted on 01/10/2011




we started real milk in a sippy right after our children turn one. they only get milk at meal time and water and sometimes juice at other time, but everything in a sippy. if she is used to drinking juice i dont think she will have a problem w milk

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