Son will not use a sippy cup

Jodi - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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Hi. I'm trying to start weaning my son from his bottle but he won't use a sippy cup... any sippy cup. I have tried many different kinds. I've used the tip to only try them during mid-day when he's not too tired. He just throws them down. Any suggestions? Maybe I'm just trying to soon, but I see other babies much younger using sippy cups.

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Heather - posted on 06/04/2010

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Hey Jodi, try not to listen to others who discourage you. Some children are very easy to wean & others are not. My first son had no problem getting off the bottle at 12 months. My second son is 16 months & he absolutely will not take a cup. He throws everytime I try to give it to him. I have tried holding out but I am not going to let him get dehydrated either. I have bought every sippy cup to try, I have found that if my older son will act like he is drinking out of the babies sippy cup, the baby will sip out of it a little bit. Just remember every child is different & will go at his own pace. Good luck to you! Hopefully we will both have weaned babies soon!!

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Janet - posted on 06/24/2010

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Try Nuby...the nipple part is soft like a bottle, they have 2 kinds one like a straw and then a regular one like a sippy. Both are great. Had no problem with either one. She took to them much quicker due to the fact that they are soft like a bottle. She threw it down just a couple of times and then never again in a week she was off of the bottle completely. Good luck!!

Crystal - posted on 06/08/2010

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try using a sippy cup with a straw. my daughter cant seem to suck a sippy cup so nothing comes out. the straw ones work better. or even fruitables juice boxes. those are great too.

Fercie - posted on 06/07/2010

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I tried giving my daughter a sippy cup since she was maybe 9 months to try and get her off, that never work, she thinks of them as just toys and I've given her a few different types. What she will drink out of are the cups with straws, she thinks that they're so much fun. So we have one that she only drinks water out of and another with her milk. So far so good! Good Luck :)

Theresa - posted on 06/07/2010

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1st - has anyone ever heard of chocolate milk...or strawberry milk...-i'm not sayin every sippy should have a yummy treat in it, but NEVER give them it in their bottle otherwise u've defeated the point of makin the sippy more appealing!
2nd - if u don't have it in you to totally refuse ur kid the bottle then i deffinitely say only offer water in the bottle and always have a sippy with milk available...
3rd - if your kid will drink even very small amounts of milk from the sippy, he is only using the bottle as a comfort item and he will not let himself dehydrate if you toss the bottle...toddlers are VERY stuborn but they will not hold out long enough to become dehydrated... feed them more during the "hold out" time ... my son drank only tiny sips from his sippy for the first 3 days...but i fed him yogurt and soups and other things that have lots of milk or water in them... and when his body finally told him enoughs enough i'm thirsty he drank his sippy!!
>good luck!!!

Jillian - posted on 06/04/2010

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my suggestion is to try a regular cup. sippies are very convenient, but then there is always the risk of having to wean them off of those, too. your child just might be ready to skip the sippy cup all together. hydration and nutrition are the real concerns, so do what you have to do, and relax knowing that you are a good mom.

Camille - posted on 06/04/2010

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Mine never really liked a sippy cup... She drinks straight out of a regular cup now. I just have to keep a hand on it and make sure she doesn't spill.

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Did you try a cup with a straw and lid? My daughter wouldn't use a sippy cup initially, either. We offered the straw and lid on her cup and she's been using it since.

Jackie - posted on 06/03/2010

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First, let me make an important point- children who are weaned from a bottle to a straw-like sippy cup (NOT the hard stem type) by 1 yr are much less likely to have speech/oral development issues. In fact, using a pacifier and/or bottle past the age of 1yr can be detrimental to the development & strengthening of the muscles needed for clear speech.
That said, my first born had a paci & only used the stem sippys til he was 18 mos and when he ended up in speech therapy and they attributed that as part of the issue.
So, with my second, I had her on a straw sippy by 10 months. The best thing to help the transition is modeling- start drinking all your drinks at the table in front of him with a straw, and do it with enthusiasm! Kids always want to do what "big people" do. Also, I introduced the sippy when my daughter was pretty thirsty (I usually held off on liquids until midway through a meal and gave it then). This way, her need would outweigh her will. Lastly, once you introduce it, you need to stand firm and be consistent. If you give in when your son cries, he knows he'll always win.

Good luck!!

Chanel - posted on 06/03/2010

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M son is also 16 months and he has been drinking from his sippy cup from about 12 months. What worked for me was that when I decided to give him his sippy cup I took his bottle away COMPLETLY. If you give him a bottle in the morning and night and the sippy cup in between,its not going to work because he wont forget about his bottle and will want it the whole time. So I think best is to take it away completly. It will take a couple of days but he will get used to the idea that there is no more bottle and drink out of his sippy cup. What I also did I took my sons bottle and explained to him that he is a big boy now and I let him help me "destroy" his bottle. I cut the teet with a scissor and he threw it in the dustbin(but make it fun),and he rememberd that there was no bottle and he drank out of sippy cup. good luck

Sheraleigh - posted on 06/02/2010

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How old is your child? My daugher is 16 months and has only just taken a real interest in a sippy cup. I tried introducing one from 12 months, with no luck. I bought multiple brands and kinds - ones with handles, ones without handles, ones with straws, no straws etc. She wouldn't have a bar of it.
And she definately didn't like drinking milk out of a sippy cut at all. Now we use the brand "TAKE AND TOSS" seems to work well for her and now she even drinks milk from her cup.
Depending on your childs age etc, I wouldn't push it. He'll do it when he is ready, all you can do it use offer it repeatedly, he will pick it up. Best of luck

Tricia - posted on 06/02/2010

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You know, taking a sippy cup is not a requirement of normal development. Have you tried just using a cup? It takes a little more supervision (i.e., no carrying it around the house while he sucks on it all day), but if he can hold his own bottle, there's no reason he couldn't drink from a regular cup. A tip, though: start with small amounts of liquid until he gets the hang of it.

Dora - posted on 06/02/2010

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My husband took my 16 month old's bottle away after she turned 12 months. She did not seem to have a problem with it. Like one of the other parent's mentioned, I too gave her the nuby sippy cup that we bought at walmart since it has that soft nipple that is suppose to help your little one transition from a bottle to a sippy cup. I tried other sippy cups but that is the only one that worked the best. She now hardly or does not even notice that she does not use that sippy cup as much. She mostly drinks from a regular cup that comes with the lid and just drinks out of a regular straw. It does not hurt to try different cups, your son may warm up to one of them. Good luck and just give your son some time.

Rania - posted on 06/02/2010

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Hi. I never had problems getting my daughter on a sippy....nut, I've heard of people that had great difficulty....they put water in the bottle and milk in the sippy.....takes a while, but the child learns that they like milk better and milk is now in sippy cups only.... worth a try. Just don't give in too quickly. :)

Meng Ping - posted on 06/02/2010

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My daughter's occupational therapist suggests to transition from bottle to a straw. My daughter wouldn't take a sippy cup either. I bought SEVERAL kinds with different textures and shapes for the spout with no success until I started teaching her to sip from a straw. The best way to start is to buy the boxed juices with the straw. Put the straw to his mouth and lightly squeeze the box so some fluid leaks into his mouth. Hopefully with enough times of doing this he will start to figure out how to suck to get more fluid out. After my daughter started to get this motion down I transitioned her to a spill proof straw sippy cup. Only because with the boxed juice the fluid comes too fast and they aren't able to handle the amount of fluid and the spill proof sippy cups with straws has a slow flow but you have to suck a little harder. I now use the Munchkins brand. I find it leaks less and has better flow control. Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 06/01/2010

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Hello, I had the same problem with my youngest who is now 16 months. We first started to ween the bottle at 9 months but he wanted nothing to do with any sippy cup and trust me i bought every sippy cup out there with no luck. Finally at 13 months I just took it away cold turkey and after a very difficult day of drinking very little he figured out real fast that if he was thirsty he was only going to be getting a cup. We did this with my 3 year old right at 1 year and he had no problems. But my little one is so stubborn and strong willed it was difficult. But we have been bottle free for 2 months now!

Sal - posted on 06/01/2010

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when trying to change something for a baby i find it easier to throw all the things u dont want them having out,that way u cant give in! i changed my 16month old son from a soft top sippy cup to a hard top yesterday.before he'd even tried the hard topped one i threw all the other ones away,that way he had no choice but to drink from the hard 1.he threw it down a few times but once he realised the soft tops were gone he relented and drank from it!

Jenny - posted on 06/01/2010

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i had that with my son, i managed to get hold of those drink flasks with a straw top in them that goes all the way to the bottom of the flask, i got mine in morrisons for a bargain 2 pounds and has sponge bob square pants on though they had others very cheery and my boy took to it straight away from there we've managed to get him to drink out of any other type of sippy cup or carton. if you can find them they are definately worth a go

Tracey - posted on 05/31/2010

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Jodi, I am so happy to hear that I am not the only one with this problem. We have a cupboard FULL of different types of cups and will not use them. Hubby even tried not letting him have a bottle and only giving him a cup...."he will drink it if he is thirsty enough." This seems to work...BUT with the weather getting warmer I am concerned. Let me know if you find anything that works would love to know.

Jehan - posted on 05/31/2010

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We started weaning from bottles at 1. We just traded out the bottle for a sippy cup a few time a day, gradually decreased "bottle time" and increased sippy cups until we just ended up taking the bottles away all together. He never had a problem w/it. We were told by the doctor to be done with bottle by 15 months, so we really pushed it. Jarrett had an easier time with the softer cups, like Nuby

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Hi, my daughter is the same age and i couldnt get her to use one either. then, she started day nursery 3 weeks ago where they use cups and since her first day she came home and i cant separate her from it. I think its becuase she sees all the other babies using the cup so she has accepted it. If your baby isnt going to nursery, why dont you try you and your partner and any other children if you have any, using sippy cups at meal times for a couple days and see if it influences your baby. Good luck

Stephanie - posted on 05/30/2010

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hi Jodi...My dayghter is also having the same problem...she uses the sippy cup once in a while, yet wants her bottle before she lays down for her nap. I am trying to wean her off it, but nothing seems to work!!

Faith - posted on 05/30/2010

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nuby soft spouts worked for us...though he is just now starting to drink from hard spouts...

Rachael - posted on 05/30/2010

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i have also tried sippy cups, drinks a small amount of milk out of it then stops, will drink all the water though so i think i am just going to try re-introducing the sup with milk in every week or so and c if she changes her mind, but i'm not worried as she will let me know when she doesnt need a bottle anymore.

Rae - posted on 05/29/2010

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My daughter ONLY seems to want the Nuk sippy cup which is the soft spout sippy cup. I've tried other soft spout cups and she refuses. I even put the cup out and make it seem like that is her only option, she would try it, and then sit it down. I still give her milk in a bottle. I know I need to stop, but I guess it's me too, I'm too comfortable with it.

Ti'Anna - posted on 05/28/2010

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Have you tried the sippy cups with the straw? my son was hard to wean from the bottle too and all of the other sippy cups were too hard for him to get the liquid out of. The straw sippy cups slide the straw down so that they don't spill and most of them don't spill if the straw IS out. My son loves the straw sippy cups he doesn't go without it.

Naomi - posted on 05/28/2010

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Our little boy would drink from a sippy cup. We introduced it from about 5-6 months with water while he was still on the bottle and he would drink from that happily. We had trouble trying to get him to drink from cups with straws until we were at a first birthday party with his mothers group friends and they were playing together and he learn't to drink from a straw cup by trying out one of the other babies and hasn't looked back since - so maybe try some peer modelling!

Tara - posted on 05/28/2010

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My son will only drink from a strawed spill proof baby cup. No sippy cups for him...all he wants to do is shake and dump them.

Erin - posted on 05/28/2010

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My daughter actually did best with take and toss cups and hated the soft tip sippy cups

Vanessa - posted on 05/24/2010

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Our son never liked the actual sippy cups, and we tried the ones with a straw...they have them for infants too. It worked great for us. Good luck!

Dawn - posted on 05/24/2010

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my daughter wouldnt use a sippy cup. i just let her play with the cup so she gets used to seeing the cup. then one day after lunch i put it to her mouth & said do you want some juice & it worked. she dont stop drinking from it now. hope this helps you. it just takes time to get used to the cup. my daughter is now 16 months.

Amanda - posted on 05/24/2010

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We had the same problem with our daughter. She's still not where I would like her to be but she has made progress. Look for the sippy cups that have soft tips like a bottle. Nuby makes some that seem to be great. We started her with those giving her 1/3 juice and 2/3 water. Before long he will just be chewing through all the tops and dumping the liquids everywhere though...so keep an eye out. We then bought some hard sippy cups but she can not suck to get the drinks out. We took out the leak guard inside to give her encouragement to drink out of them, which seems to work rather well...just keep in mind that messes are now possible. Or if you want to take a step between and hopefully have him learn how to suck through the hard spill proof tops...tupperware makes cups that you snap lids onto with very small hard tops on lids that you just pop on and off. This way they aren't as thick and it still encourages him to drink out of them. Our daughter does still take a bottle at night though.

Jane - posted on 05/23/2010

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our little one only wants a bottle first thing in the morning and at night. maybe if you keep those times for him he will eventually give in. but you have to be consistent, no bottles during the day. but it also, isn't a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. but keep trying. and don't compare your child to any others - just causes you headaches.

Emily - posted on 05/23/2010

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My son loves the nuby sippy cups with the straws. He's 16 months and he's been drinking out of a straw since he was 12 months.

Jodi - posted on 05/23/2010

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I forgot to mention that my son is 16 months. This morning first thing instead of giving him his milk in a bottle, I tried the sippy cup. It seems to work at first, but then after a couple of minutes he threw it down and refused to take it. My husband gave in later when I was getting dressed, and poured the milk into a bottle for him. I tried the sippy cup with water, but he doesn't like water. I've tried milk and juice in it, but that doesn't work either. I might try one of those tummy ticklers again. We got one of those back when he wasn't even one yet.

Theresa - posted on 05/22/2010

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Hey Jodi, my son is having the same problem at home anyway. He was breastfeed until 5 months and then bottlefed. He started daycare at 12 months and apparently they have him on a sippy cup there but it took 4 months. When he's at home he wants the bottle. I am still ok with it as many childrens health sources say its ok up to 18 months as long as you are only putting milk or water into the bottles.

I also found that if he's really thirsty...he'll drink out of ANYTHING. Saying that, instead of sippy cups have you thought about the Doiddy cup? You'll have to sit with him and assist, but its a step away from the bottle.

Best of luck x

Leslie - posted on 05/22/2010

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My son loves his sippy cup (when it's filled with water.), when we put milk in it, he throws it down and cries when we try to give it to him again. I have been wanting to try and break him of bottles for the last 3months, and NO LUCK! during the day I only gve him his sippy cup with milk (he always has a sippy cup with water), I won't cave in and give him a bottle. I find I just throw the milk out, but if he wants it he will drink it eventually (I hope). He still gets a bottle first thing n the morning and just before bed. I wish I had some better advice for you. Hope she comes around soon:)

Christy - posted on 05/22/2010

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when my daughter was 11 1/2 months we took her bottle away and never looked back ...... try the munchkin insulated sippy cups from walmart they have a longer spout and my daughter seems to love them .. its the only kind we use right now.

Kelly - posted on 05/22/2010

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how old is your baby? my daughter is 16 months and we are getting her to only use bottles at night. what we did is we baught those tummy ticklers from walmart that come with apple juice in them. they have cartoon charactors on the top. my daughter loves them. might wanna try that.

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