Sippy Cups?

LauraBeth - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I started giving a sippy to BetteAnn when she turned 6mo she is doing really well with them. I was wondering if I should swicth her off the bottle since she is doing so well with them.

Is this a good idea or should I keep giving her a bottle at night?

I am wondering because I couldnt get my son completly off the bottle until he was 16mo

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Ivana - posted on 04/22/2011

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Thanks for this post! I didn't even think of sippy cup and it might be a great idea!

As far as i know the only problem with bottle is if they fall asleep with it - it can lead to tooth decay!

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Julie - posted on 05/03/2011

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Ellen, Some kids just aren't ready that young. Some of mine weren't able to do it until they were around 1 year old.

Ellen - posted on 05/03/2011

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Thanks for the advice ladies....I did give my daughter a sippy with a soft spout but still she doesn't know how to sip from it. I've recently tried giving her the straw and at least she is willing to sip from it occassionally...I guess one day she will grasp the idea of sipping....

Valerie - posted on 05/03/2011

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you need to guage it by how much she is actually getting...ask your pediatrician or look on line for the amount of fluids your child needs for their age...if she is getting all she needs with sippy you can take off the bottle...weaning bottles at night, asl long as it isn't causing anxiety is one of the best things you can do for her teeth unless it is water...you didn't mention her age

LauraBeth - posted on 05/03/2011

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I started out with a sippy cup that had a soft spout shape almost like a nipple to a bottle, we have now swicth BetteAnn to the hard plastic kind, she doesnt like them has much but can drink out of them, best of luck to you Ellen

Ellen - posted on 05/02/2011

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I started to give my daughter sippy cup at 6months and til this day, she still don't know how to use it. She is 7 months. How do you teach a baby to sip?

Julie - posted on 04/17/2011

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I say if your daughter is doing well with it, go ahead and make the switch or you could substitute the cup for the bottle one feeding at a time, making a change no more than once a week. My kids never got the hang of the sippy until around 9 months to a year.

Regan - posted on 04/06/2011

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I just nursed and skipped right to an open cup. When my daughter was in the infant room the caregivers were shocked how well she handled a regular cup. This takes more patients at 1st but it is really worth it

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I am going to try this with my 6 m daughter, she won't take the bottle at all, only the breast (argh!) Maybe I'll have more luck with a sippy cup than the bottle!

Amber - posted on 03/30/2011

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i have 2 babies and i got my son completely off the bottle at 6 months and my daughter just turned 6 months and she is almost off of the bottle as well. not bottle for milk juice or anything. strictly sippy cup. if you keep allowing the bottle they will keep wanting it. there is nothing wrong with giving them a sippy cup. i started both of mine with the soft top ones then moved to the hard ones. i never had any issue and my doctor said it was fine

Leslie - posted on 03/30/2011

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I started my DD at 6 months with the sippy cup, water and watered down juice only. Bottle was only for milk per doc's instructions. She did great and I had no problem getting her off the bottle at her first birthday. She is now 4 1/2. Trying the same with my 6 month old son. Hopefully it goes as smooothly... :-)

Katrina - posted on 03/28/2011

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I just started introducing Josie to a sippy cup. Our Pediatrician told us only water in sippy cups. keep the formula and juices in bottles.

Chantal - posted on 03/26/2011

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Oh Ive started giving my 6mo a sippy cup with water too, and although I b.f her, I gave her the sippy cup so that when I do choose to stop b.f, hopefully she can just have her milk from the cup and not a bottle, I dont want to wean her from the breast and then have to wean her from a bottle too. I dont see why not, though not speaking from exp, I just had this idea for my own child :D you could always try and if it doesnt work out then just continue doing the bottle. You could just try it thru the day when she is happy and its time for a bottle, instead of at night until she understands that the cup is now her 'bottle'

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