I have a 13 month old son, we are taking away his bottle but he is refusing the sippy cup, he throws it down and screams. I'm not sure what to do because I know he needs his milk...This is not my only child I have two older sons also, but I never had this much trouble with them. Does anyone have any suggestions I'm all out?

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Lisa - posted on 04/01/2009

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only put water in his bottle and offer anything else in the sippy cup. soon he will grow tired of the water and will start with the sippy cup. that's what we had to do with our son and within 2 days he was off the bottle for good. good luck!!

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Cecilia - posted on 04/09/2009

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i also use the nuby cups with the silicone nipple so its an easier transition for them

Cecilia - posted on 04/09/2009

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my son did that to me at first but eventually he will drink from the sippy cup he cried and threw a fit when he saw his milk in there but the next day he started to drink from it. i think if you let him experiment with the sippy cup let him get used to it he will learn to like it.  babies need thier milk so eventually he will drink, i also got rid of all the bottles in the house.

Laura - posted on 04/09/2009

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In the last few weeks we have been trying to get rid of bottles as well and my son also absolutely REFUSED the sippy, no way no how I'll starve! So I went to Wal-Mart and got the Nuby sippys. The mouth piece is soft like a bottle but the whole thing, nipple included, is shaped like a sippy. So after being on that for a few weeks, and still having bottles at bed, I introduced a regular sippy again & he took to it no problem. Hope this helps! :)

Alicia - posted on 04/09/2009

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I love the gerber for beginer sippy cups, they worked well for our son. If your still using the bottle while trying the switch over, you can make the hole in the nipple larger. We even cut the nipple at first one way then a few days later the other way to make a "x", The idea is to change the bottle so that the milk comes out faster like a sippy cup does. I also agree with the other moms to work on taking away a bottle at a time. We started with the day ones, then the morning and night. That way to if your concern with the milk intake you can up those bottle a little. Good luck.

Retha - posted on 04/06/2009

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Just remember that at this age, he only needs 3 servings of dairy/calcium a day so don't worry so much about the milk. Try a sippy that has a soft nipple. We used the gerber for beginners. My son likes the handles it has. Another option, if he is still refusing the sippy, then try having him drink his fluids through a straw. Using you finger to plug one end of the straw, get a straw full of liquid and put it in his mouth, and eventually he will get that he has to suck to get any drink. You can try taking away his bottles only at certain times of the day as well, like when he's not due for a nap. These are all things that we tried and they worked for us and my son has been off the bottle for almost a month. Good luck! - Retha

Jennifer - posted on 04/06/2009

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Hi there! I have a 14 month old daughter, and she hates sippy cups too! I let her play with her sippy cup (when there's nothing in it) to get her used to it. But she is really comfortable drinking out of an adult glass/cup with our supervision or course...Some kids just skip the sippy cup stage altogether and go straight to the adult cup (my daughter has been wanting an adult cup since 7 onths...) and the dr. said that this is perfectly normal. Then I guess you dont have to worry about weaning from a sippy cup in the future... The phasing in idea is a really good idea though...you just have to figure out whats going to work for him, and how his temperment it...if you know it's harder to go in phases...then go cold turkey and keep your fingers crossed:) Usually at this time, there is a decrease in eating in children, so it may be a good time to start seriously changing to a sippy cup...in the end, it will all work out! :) good luck and hang in there! :) A lot of times their frustration and their negative response to things is not becuase they dont want somehting, it's because they CAN say no and try to show their independence:)

Jennifer - posted on 04/06/2009

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Hi there! I have a 14 month old daughter, and she hates sippy cups too! I let her play with her sippy cup (when there's nothing in it) to get her used to it. But she is really comfortable drinking out of an adult glass/cup with our supervision or course...Some kids just skip the sippy cup stage altogether and go straight to the adult cup (my daughter has been wanting an adult cup since 7 onths...) and the dr. said that this is perfectly normal. Then I guess you dont have to worry about weaning from a sippy cup in the future... The phasing in idea is a really good idea though...you just have to figure out whats going to work for him, and how his temperment it...if you know it's harder to go in phases...then go cold turkey and keep your fingers crossed:) Usually at this time, there is a decrease in eating in children, so it may be a good time to start seriously changing to a sippy cup...in the end, it will all work out! :) good luck and hang in there! :) A lot of times their frustration and their negative response to things is not becuase they dont want somehting, it's because they CAN say no and try to show their independence:)

Carrie - posted on 04/04/2009

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My son is the same way, and I have had to start slowley fadding out some bottles, now he gets a morning one, and a night time one and he will get an "if needed" one in the afternoon of only 4ozs.  He gets juice and water inbetween.  But aiden freaks if I try a sippy cup of milk,  but the gradually taking milk away is working for me!

Hannah - posted on 04/04/2009

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My daughter has the soft tip Nuby cup that Heather mentioned above and she loooves it! They are really cheap too and I found mine at Wal-Mart (where else :-P) Anyway, hope it works!

User - posted on 04/03/2009

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Hiya, i give my son a cup with a straw...and he loves it. He hates any other cup thought...so its worth a try/ .

Jackie - posted on 04/01/2009

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Cassandra,



 



I had a similar problem, but mine was she didn't want her bottle at the age of 6 months so we had to try every type of cup/bottle out there. At his age he doesn't really need a bottle so keep trying sippy cups or ones with straws. We tried for about 4 months till we found tommee tippee bottles with straws instead of a teat. good luck & keep to it. If he is really thirsty just hold a cup with no top & assist with it & then he will understand that it comes from the top & will get use to it. If he hasn't had much fluid in 3 days go to the Dr's, but he will get fluid from all foods..... you will know if he hasn't had much because he will have a dry moputh, DON'T PANIC!!!!

Heather - posted on 04/01/2009

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You could also try the sippy cups with straws, nuby makes one that my son loves. It may take him a bit to get used to it, but it doesn't hurt to try. Or, you could try a straw just in a regular cup and see if he likes the straw that way. Nuby also makes sippy cups that have a top similar to a bottle nipple feel too.I hope that helps a little bit, good luck.

Brandi - posted on 04/01/2009

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our daughter was exactly the same at first. we started out by only giving juice and water in a sippy until she got used to it. this took almost 4 weeks and several different types of sippy cups. once she got use to drinking from the sippy she only would get a bottle to before naptime and bedtime. she wouldn't drink the milk at first but the dr told us to just be firm and not give a bottle instead and eventually she drink the milk from a cup. and it worked. she now only gets a bottle at bedtime and that's simply cause at 14 months she's a terrible sleeper as it is and i'm not ready to disturb her bedtime routine.  but be patient it will happen some kids just do things at their own pace.

Kasey - posted on 03/31/2009

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ok so my Dr. told me to have my son completely off the bottle by 12 months so since i started a little earlier than you you may run into some problems buuuut this is how i phased out the bottle:



My son got a breakfast bottle, lunch bottle, nap bottle and bed time botle before i started. I took the lunch bottle and replaced it with a cup, you may have to try several different cups bc all kids are different, I did this for a 2 1/2 weeks just for him to adjust, sometimes he'd drink out of it sometimes he wouldn't. Then i replaced the dinner bottle, breakfast bottle, nap bottle and saved the bedtime bottle for the last one. Everytime i replaced at bottle with a cup id give him a few weeks to adjust and now he hasnt had a bottle since he was 10 months old.



I really hope this helps, its how my sons pediatrician told me to do it.

ME - posted on 03/31/2009

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We still give our 13 month old his milk in a bottle...but he gets everything else in a sippy cup...water, juice...etc....It seems to work so far...we will slowly faze the bottle out all-together, but this way he doesn't get too stressed out about the change!

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