How do I get my son to drink milk from a sippy cup?

Melissa - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 1 and I'm trying to get him to drink from a sippy cup. I've tried different kinds, but he's not interested. He will oonly drink milk from a bottle. I know that's a bad habit to start, but how else is supposed to get milk?

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Rebekka - posted on 08/12/2009

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My daughter is 13 months old and she hates sippy cups she loves her bottle. I have tried every thing. What really worked is that i put her milk in her sippy with handles and it looks like one of her bottles

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Sara - posted on 08/15/2009

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Every kid likes different sippy's. I bought about 20 different ones. I let him play with them first with nothing in them, he got used to holding it than. Than I put liquid in. One day he just started using it

Alycia - posted on 08/14/2009

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My son is completely off the bottle and drinks from a regular cup now and a sippy cup when we go places. We used the Nuby cups that come with three alternating tops all made from silicone, one top is a nippple another a sippy and another a straw I found just by using the bottle top he associated the cup with his drinks and then I switched the top to the sippy and he new it was his cup anyways so he drank from it. Also the Nuby silicone sippys they don't have to work as hard because the liquid comes out with not as much sucking and also when they apply pressure to the top part the holes open anyways so it's easy access. I found those to be the most successful and with the nipple option that comes with them it's the most convenient way to trick them from bottle to sippy with a similar feel and style :D Good Luck

Michelle - posted on 08/13/2009

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hiya, my boy turned one on 28/7 and still has a bottle in the morning and evening, im in no rush to take it away from him...i would rather him get the goodness from the milk than have none at all!! i have tried sippy cups with no luck! they will come off the bottle when they are ready!

Christine - posted on 08/13/2009

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Had the same problem on this end. Learned to be more patient. After 10 days of though love and getting rid of ALL bottles she finally accepted the sippy cup. I found one that is pretty close to a bottle it has a soft spout / round and it's also in the middle. That really helped.

Rose Lyn - posted on 08/13/2009

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My son didn't like sippy cups as well. He couldn't control the flow and would end up spitting up what he drank and throwing the cup on the floor in frustration. We tried giving him a straw cup and he absolutely loves it. We still give him a bottle of milk when he goes down for a nap/night. Good luck!

Bridget - posted on 08/13/2009

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My daughter likes her straw cup, won't drink water from a sippy mug. Might be worth a try for you?

Morgan - posted on 08/12/2009

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We are having a lil bit of the same problem but i found those Nuby sippy cups and they are working good for him and drinking milk from it

Cindy - posted on 08/12/2009

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Why are you in a rush to break the bottle? It's a trend. Not all kids can follow or want to follow the Trend. Did your mom take away your bottle because you turned one? No. Are you alive? Yes. How are your teeth? Did you have a soother? Did mommy brush your teeth? Did you suck on your thumb?

These are all factors you need to take into consideration. My eldest only broke the bottle at age three. His teeth are perfect.

Don't be in a rush. Let him tell you he's ready. Leave a sippy cup out for him to find. Put something TASTEY in it. When you eat dinner let him have sips of your drink. Don't push it. Put their bottle beside a sippy cup onthe floor and walk away. If you have a friend with a sippy cup kid, time for a play date - monkey see, monkey do. But don't rush it. Be passive. Learn to say "whatever."



But when Junior picks the sippy make a big fuss. Smiles and hugs, clap your hands and say good baby.



Don't be in such a rush. Let your baby be a baby. They grow so fast.

Ann - posted on 08/12/2009

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I had the same prob but as Shauna noted the Nuby ones she seems to like, you can get them at Walmart, only about1.75, I just bought out our walmart!!!!

Deana - posted on 08/12/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

How do I get my son to drink milk from a sippy cup?

My son just turned 1 and I'm trying to get him to drink from a sippy cup. I've tried different kinds, but he's not interested. He will oonly drink milk from a bottle. I know that's a bad habit to start, but how else is supposed to get milk?


Hi Melissa:



My son just turned 1 on 7/23 and he still wanted the bottle.  He however did drink milk from both the bottle and a sippy cup.  Does he drink anything else from a sippy cup? I know this may sound harsh but my DH and I decided to go cold turkey with the bottle. It was harder for me then from my DS. :-)  We are now a week into bottle free and he is beginning to like the sippy cup more.  Also, he was a difficult baby to get to take a bottle once I stopped breastfeeding so we had to try a TON of bottles to find the one he liked and would take.  Maybe try a few different types and maybe do the NUBY or the Dr. Browns.  Good luck.

Karen - posted on 08/12/2009

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well i don't know if u have tried this, what i did to my son was I showed him that i drink his milk from a cup and he would just grab and drink it too... i guess toddlers like to imitate us

Shauna - posted on 08/11/2009

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My son's pedi told me if i couldn't get him off the bottle, to slowly replace the milk with water thats in the bottle until its all water, and then he won't want it any more and just keep trying to give it to him from his sippy cup. and there are some nuby sippy cups that have nipples like a bottle, and the cup is almost like a bottle.. you should see if you can find that and see if hell drink out of it.. idk what else to try, my son never liked a bottle. I breastfed until he was 5months and at 7 months he was using just a sippy cup. Good luck though!

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