My son refuses to drink out of a sippy cup...I dont know what to do?!

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I am not sure I understand the big deal about drinking from a sippy cup, straw, regular cup, etc... My son was 2 before he drank from a regular or sippy cup exclusively. He still used a bottle and he is fine today, he's 3 and thriving and no tooth decay or crooked teeth or anything. My daughter just turned 1 on Saturday and she still drinks exclusively from a bottle. She will be fine. I am in no rush to "train" he to drink from a sippy cup. I personally feel that as moms we struggle needlessly to make our children grow up to fast. Let them grow at their speed not ours. If they don't want to drink from a sippy cup or a regular cup it will be ok they will eventually, everyone does. I don't know many 30 year olds walking around with a bottle, lol. Don't push it, nothing bad will happen if they don't use a sippy cup. Let them drink from a bottle, when its time they will learn how from a regular cup. As moms we have enough to worry about than worrying whether or not they drink from a sippy cup.

Katie - posted on 01/14/2010

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My son was the same way... leave it around empty for him to play with , let him watch you pour his favorite drink into the cup, when he gets up in the morning let that be the first thing he sees is the sippi cup with formula/milk in it and he should want it, also you can act like your drinking out of it and say, "mmmmmm, good sippy cup" and then let him try it, and when all else fails, dont give him a choice... This may sound morbid, but once he gets hungry enough he'll be glad to have a sippy cup, im not saying starve him by any means just dont give him the choice of the bottle...

Rachel - posted on 01/10/2010

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I use the sippy that have a straw since my daughter had a hard time with the sippy cups. It only took her a couple of hours to figure it out at 9 months.

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Jamie - posted on 01/13/2010

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I am an older Mom and we have decided to chill out on all of the established requirements. Our daughter likes the Nubby that has a nipple, it looks like a water bottle but still has a bottle effect for her. We keep water in the Dr. Brown's transition cup or the Advent transition cup all day and within easy reach for her. She is getting quite accustomed to grabbing and going. We also give her drinks from a straw and that has helped with the transition I just figure that she won't go to college drinking out of a baby bottle....LOL.

Jacinta - posted on 01/13/2010

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I'm having the same issue with my daughter! She drinks out of it every now and then, but it is usually just a sip and that is it! She likes to drink water out of water bottles though! Everyone says it isn't anything to worry about!

DeAnna - posted on 01/11/2010

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you're not alone we are facing the same issue Hayden likes sippy cups for water and or juice, but will NOT drink milk out of it, he'll cry and cry. I have tried nuk brand cups they have soft silicone nipple like tops, i've tried gerber, playtex etc.. i think i'm going to try the one with a straw next. I really dont want him to continue on the bottle after his 1st birthday if so only at night. He still doesnt sleep consistantly through the night. I know every child is different and progress at their own rate. good luck :)

Sarah - posted on 01/11/2010

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Quoting Michele:

I have spoken to alot of moms and we all agree that drinking from a sippy cup is difficult. A straw seems to be the easiest. Try a boxed juice first and give it a little squeeze until they figure out how to pull...it worked on both my boys the first time I tried it.



we've recently started giving our little boy fruit shoots .. they have one of those sports caps (like you get with bottled water) .. after he's finished we rinse it out and put something else in it .. he loves drinking from those bottles.



my little boy recently learnt how to drink from a boxed juice as well.



its amazing how grown up they look drinking from a straw!!

Sarah - posted on 01/11/2010

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my little boy has had his sippy cup from the start of weaning (4months although he wasn't interested at first .. he takes it now) he will drink juice from a sippy cup .. but he absolutely refuses to drink milk from a cup .. so i'm finding it a challenge to wean him off the bottle (i don't really want him to have it after his first birthday) .. like a lot of mothers have said a lot of children this age prefer to drink from a normal cup .. you could always try putting a little bit of something he can drink it that .. if he spills it .. he spills it .. practice makes perfect .. (my little boy has got a habit of picking up our empty mugs and pretending to drink from them .. he'll make noises into it)

another suggestion to possibly buy a cup most similar to a bottle and try him on that first then slowly make the change until his used to drink from a big boy cup .. you know the cups made from brands like tommee tippee and avent that look similar to bottles? bear in mind though you should only put milk or water in those .. .. i've recently bought one of those and starting to put my little boys milk in it to wean him off his bottle .. so far i've not witnessed any problems really. (other than him struggling with it at the moment as he hurt his lip a few days ago so he prefers the bottle)

Michele - posted on 01/11/2010

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I have spoken to alot of moms and we all agree that drinking from a sippy cup is difficult. A straw seems to be the easiest. Try a boxed juice first and give it a little squeeze until they figure out how to pull...it worked on both my boys the first time I tried it.

Shelley - posted on 01/10/2010

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My son won't take the ones with a hard spout, butthe soft spouts are just like the silicone nipples in the bottles and he loves them...of course he loves chewing on them too...lol

Brooke - posted on 01/10/2010

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My daughter would drink messily from a regular cup. Barely sip from the sippy cups I tried. Then I found the Born Free brand. She sucks down her water and operates the cup like a pro. The design is vented so that it is easier to drink from.

Cristina - posted on 01/09/2010

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my daughter doesn't use the sippy cup much either, so we use a straw instead and she loves it. I got her a little cup that has the built-in straw and it works great. She will use the sippy cup if she has to but she prefers the straw, you might give that a try!!

Kimberly - posted on 01/09/2010

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I tried to get Bailey to use a sippy cup from about 7 months, he wouldnt touch it, it was like it scared him! Then when we were visiting his cousin who is 6 months older, we looked over and here he was drinkink from a straw with Flynn right in close as if coaching him on what to do! I now just leave straw cups around the house and he stops and has a drink when he finds them. He loves water now! It would seem peer pressure does work!!

Danielle - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son is the same he will not use a sippy cup. However he loves drinking from pop top bottles (pump water bottles etc), from a straw or from a normal plastic cup. Just keep experienting and don't force him, let him dictate what way he feels most comfortable with.

Ireanea - posted on 01/08/2010

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oh and be sure to get the spill proof sippie cups.....for the hard tops be sure to place the stopper on tight or it will leak and make a mess

Ireanea - posted on 01/08/2010

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i had the same problem with my son..i started out w/the nipple like top....it took him a few tries....dip ur finger in the sippie and coat the plastic nipple of the sippy w/the juice/mild so he gets the taste....later switch to the hard top sippies bc itll be easier to wing off the bottle....good luck

Jen - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son didn't take to a sippy cup either, he wanted to copy mommy & daddy and began drinking from a regular cup. Just make sure your son wears a bib! He'll be happy you let him have a little more independence :-)

Tiffany - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son will be one next week. We tried the straw cups that are no-leak when he would not drink out of a regular sippy. We found that if we put the straw in his mouth and tip it up like a bottle, he sucks on it. Then, when we tipped it back down, he kept sucking. He still only takes it occasionally, but it is a start.

Jessica - posted on 01/08/2010

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We also use the Nuby sippy. It has a soft spout that is kind of like a bottle and she does really well with it. She still gets her milk in the bottle and this is somethng that I am hoping to cut out this week.

Melanie - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son doesn't like sippy cups at all. However, he will drink out of a straw. We found some cups with screw on lids and straws at Walmart. They have worked beautifully.

Dashanda - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son will be 1 on the 26th and he has been drinking out of a cup since he was 9months.

Melissa - posted on 01/07/2010

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My daughter wouldnt use a sippy cup for months... one day she just finally decided to used it

Rachel - posted on 01/07/2010

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i have a doidy cup its like a regular cup but it slanted so the end the baby drinks out of is longer than the other side, just put a small amount in the bottom and was told the bath is an ideal place to start with cups as you dont need to worry about them getting wet

Sandra - posted on 01/07/2010

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Hi Anna, My son also doesn't drink from a sippy cup. He likes to drink from an open cup which is really good. Just try a paper cup with just a little water. Also, try straw cups its actually developmentally better for speech. My son will drink from a straw cup and laughs when juice comes out of it...

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2010

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I have twins, the boys drinks from a sippy cup, the girl just holds it up to her mouth and smiles...clueless about what to do next. I have no idea how to get her to drink it. Every now and then she will take a sip and it gives her a fright! :)

Tiffney - posted on 01/07/2010

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!! My daughter just turned a year yesterday. I have been trying since she was 6 months old. NO LUCK!!! I also have a three year old and he took to a sippy cup with no problem! I have no idea what to do either. I the one thing I have tryed that seems to kinda work for that one time is to give her a drink our of the sippy cup before I put the lid on so she knows that there is something yummy inside. Usually gets her to try the sippy cups a couple times. It's like she thinks it should magically go in her mouth. See if this works for you! Don't forget you are not alone!~

Debra - posted on 01/06/2010

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I tried a couple kinds of sippy cups and found one my daughter liked and have used it for just water for a couple months. I am trying to get her to drink milk out of it now. At first she would take a sip and cry for her bottle. Some one suggested offering her milk in the sippy and water in the bottle and it really helped. I am still working on it, she doesn't drink all the milk, but it has stopped her from crying and I feel better that she is at least going to stay hydrated.
She did see her older cousin drinking from a sippy today and did really well at that meal... so maybe peer pressure really does help! We'll have to go visit him again.

Rae - posted on 01/06/2010

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Every sippy cup I used failed, until I started using the sippy cups with the soft silicon (bottle like nipples) cups. She'll drink out of those.

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I tried getting my son to take a sippy cup and had some trouble at first. A friend suggested getting him on a bottle first, since I hadn't been able to before. I tried that, but he wasn't too keen on that either. But one day he saw his cousin, who was 9 months older than him drinking from a sippy cup and voila, the next day he started drinking from it and has never looked back. Now he can drink from a straw cup as well. Never did get him on a bottle. But it's nice to have a sippy cup to give him in the car for long rides and stuff. That's what worked for me! Peer pressure!

Samantha - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daugther takes sippy cups during the day but at night when i will will try to give her sippy cup at night she goes crazy she will cry till i hand her the bottle, and she is one now, its only during at night does she do this. and she will cry and cry i time her one day she scream for an hour n a half untill she got that bottle.. help me!

Jacqulyn - posted on 01/06/2010

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my one year old is done with bottles, uses a sippy cup but can also suck from a straw, drink from a water/pop bottle(without backwashing), and a regular cup as long as i hold it for him. we tried a few different sippy cups and i agree drinking from a regular cup is great but its hard to lay them down in a crib with an open cup kaleb wakes up after about an hour and a half and has a drink and then settles down for the rest of the night. and who honestly wants to run in every hour or two to give them a cup of milk? his sippy cup gives him more independance than any open cup ever would he can have it in his crib and take a drink when he feels like it. rather than relying on me to constantly run and give him something or clean up a wet mess in his crib every time he is thirsty...

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My boy didn't learn how to drink from a bottle, nor from a sippy cup. And I stopped trying to teach him, I simply offered him a normal cup/glass. And it surprised me, but he really enjoyed it! Before that he hasen't drunk any water. Now he does with the regular cup. Well, most of the water is on his clothes, lol, but... he enjoys it and that's what's important for me :-) Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 01/05/2010

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Does he like to drink from a regular cup? I agree with Tricia, I almost think it's better to let them try that and then maybe he'll want to be more independent and have one of his own.

Tricia - posted on 01/05/2010

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For the record, drinking from a sippy cup is not a required skill. We don't own any sippy cups, and I'm not going to buy any. A 1 year old can learn to drink out of a normal cup. Just give him a tablespoon at a time of his drink, so when he spills it at first, it's not such a big deal.

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Is this your first time trying to give it to him? If so, it's going to be a really long time until he gets used to it. Just keep trying and offering it to him at every meal and even between meals. Put his favorite drink in there. Try showing him how to take a drink and then give him a turn. Try to make it fun and praise him every time he tries even if he doesn't actually sip anything. I started my son with a sippy cup at 7 months with water in it at every meal. He is now exclusively taking milk from sippy cups (no more bottles), but still only "sips" it, doesn't drink it all down like he would if it was a bottle. I wouldn't be too worried, just keep trying. Good luck!

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