Sippy cup troubles

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Hello, my Jessica is 10 months old, and i just cannot get her to drink anything other than breastmilk. ive got several different kinds of beakers/sippy cups, and ive tried water, and different flavours of baby juice....what should i do next? she just doesnt seem interested in trying to drink anything other than mummys milk.
Any suggestions mummys?

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Laura - posted on 06/12/2010

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is anyone else freaking out over the peds saying their lil one should be on a cup by one? i was told she should only be drinking milk from a sippy cup and juice and water out of a cup by july ( when she is one) but she thinks its funny to dump the cups upside down on herself or her tray. and she tips the sippy cup upside down and plays in the milk. she likes cups but we can only give her a teaspoon at a time and i still have to strip her down when she is done. anybodys baby go straight from bottle to just a cup?

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Jamie - posted on 06/14/2010

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My daughter wouldnt drink from sippy cups, until I tried the kind with the rubber straw, playtex makes some really cool insulated ones that dont leak, it turns out that she was too lazy to tip it up to get the drink out, and with the straw she doesnt have to, it took a few tries for her to figure it out but once she did she became a chugger lol

Julia - posted on 06/13/2010

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Yup, of course she'll have fun tipping her drinks everywhere! That's babies for you ;)

My LO likes to tip her sippy cup upside down and let the water dribble everywhere. I just don't think you can leave them with drinks at this age - you need to supervise and grab the sippy cup when it does go upside down. As for open cups, that will need very, very close supervision for a while, though the summer might be a good time for your baby to sit in the garden in just her nappy and play with the cups and learn about drinking out of them. Have you tried a Doidy cup? They're the open cups with the slanted sides so your LO doesn't have to tip it up very far to drink out of it.

Alexis - posted on 06/09/2010

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I had a similar situation with my son. He would only drink his formula in a bottle and didn't want anything to do with the sippy cup. I tried a couple of different sippy cups. I first tried to find a cup with a nipple as close to the bottle as possible. I have tried the nubby (didn't go so well at first), playtex, and munchkin. He prefers the Munchkin and will now take the nubby. My son still won't drink milk in the sippy. I just kept trying to give him the cup with juice. I put half juice and half water in the cup. He drinks it now. Not so much into water, but I have started giving it to him in the sippy and he will drink a little. If you haven't tried the Munchkin sippy try it. I purchased it at Target. Just keep trying and don't give up. Your daughter will eventually take the sippy.

Dawn - posted on 06/09/2010

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I had that same problem with my little guy, then had surgery coming up so needed to get him to take something besides just me. I started him out very carefully with an open cup to introduce him to formula. Once he got used to that I used a bottle. I didn't like having to use the open cup very much, but it worked for him.

Julia - posted on 06/09/2010

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My LO uses the Tommy Tippee spouted cups, but also takes great joy in slurping water out of Mummy's glass too (just like food off Mummy's plate is far more exciting than her own) :)

I was told not to use the Nuby soft-spouted cups - they're no better than using normal bottles as regards dental health and learning to drink properly - you should use spouted cups *without* valves on them.

My LO wouldn't take milk out of the spouted cups though, only water. I breastfed right up until a couple of weeks ago, when the demands of going back to work and her teeth changing her latch too much made the decision for me to put her onto a bottle (but I had fed her some expressed milk out of a bottle when she was younger, so bottles weren't completely alien to her).

But, if Jessica isn't getting dehydrated (and you can tell from the fontanelle - if it isn't sunken, she's doing ok), then don't panic. Just keep offering her water in a spouted cup, or you could try a Doidy cup (it's open, non-lidded, but the sides are slanted, making it easier for babies to drink from - just Google 'Doidy')...it would be preferable to get her onto plain tap water rather than juice, for dental reasons, though if she decides to refuse water and will only take juice, that's better than nothing.

And just remember, too, that you've given your daughter the best start in life that you possibly can by breastfeeding, and you should be proud that you've obviously been doing it so well!

Good luck! x

Carrol - posted on 06/08/2010

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Are you trying to switch your baby from breast to formula? my son would not take any thing other than breast milk from my breast, he didnt want it in the bottle or sippy cup at all!
At 71/2 months he decided when i offered him formula in a bottle that he was going to take it, now he drinks from sippy cups all day other than first bottle in the morning and the bottle at bed time, i use the nuby ones that come with a nipple and a sippy cup nipple, and the handles come off, i got it at wal mart, my son likes it without the handle, and also the only thing he will drink from his sippy cup is his formula and pineapple juice (4oz juice 4oz water) other than that he takes anything from a straw including water, apple juice, orange juice etc but only pineapple juice and formula from his cup.. he likes to drink from my glass or water bottle throughout the day as well, hes 10 months now he started that over a month ago maybe even 2 months ago
good luck with everything, i had a hard time switching my son so hopefully something works
but i will say when shes ready she will take a bottle or sippy cup
also if your trying breast milk in the bottle/sippy cup and shes refusing it try formula,, my son wouldnt take breast milk from a bottle or sippy cup, but when i tried formula after multiple times he took it

Rebecca - posted on 06/08/2010

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My son also took to the Nuby Sippy Cups. I got the one that has three different tops. The base is like a sippy cup. It comes with a bottle nipple, the sippy cup top and also a third top that has a straw type spout. I got this cup at Wal Mart for like 5.50. My son used the bottle nipple for about a week then i put the sippy cup top on and he took right to it. Before that I had tried numerous sippy cups and he wouldn't take them. BUt this one seems to have done the trick. He drinks water, juice, formula whatever I put in there for him.

Patricia - posted on 06/07/2010

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I also started my son on the Nuby sippy cups at 6 months and he took right too them. Now that he has teeth he prefers the ones that are hard which I think the batch he has now are Nuks by Gerber. He loves them.

Lexi - posted on 06/07/2010

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Does she ever beg or grab for your food and drinks? I would try a big girl cup and see how she does. That's how I got my son drinking other things. He thinks getting sips out of my cups is the coolest thing ever! Now he can drink out of a kid sized cup with help. Spills a lot but he gets a lot down too. And now he likes water and juice in his Nuk trainer sippy. His favorite is seltzer water. He guzzles it down and it's just plain water with bubbles.

Jennifer - posted on 06/07/2010

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My son is using the sippy cups/drinking cups that I got on weilbaby.com. I like them a lot and so does he, but I had to order online. I like it because I can replace the spouts and nipples by going to babies r us.

Anuradha - posted on 05/28/2010

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I am using Mother Care sippy for juices and water for my 10 month old baby however he would choke whenever i offer him the sippy...so i keep switching between bottle and sippy not for juices though...Any suggestion?

Sabrina - posted on 05/27/2010

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My daughter took really well to the Nuby brand of sippy cups. The "nipples" on them are soft so that when she presses her gums together the slit opens and she gets some juice. We started her on them at six months and she took to it right away. My only advice would be that when she does start drinking juice, beware of the Gerber juice that has carrots in it because it does not come out of clothes easily. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter doesnt like drinking from sippy cups often either. Trying to get her to drink water in hot weather is something that concerns me but I've found she will drink from my cup if I let her. It makes a mess but at least shes getting water in her system :)

Genia - posted on 05/26/2010

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My daughter hasn't been able to figure out a sippy cup, but i found that she can use a Sigg water bottle. And she likes to take sips of my water from my cup. She also just drinks water and breastmilk. Breastmilk is the healthiest thing for her, and juice is really just sugar and vitamin C...better to get the vitamin C from fruit and let her drink healthier liquids. When it comes down to it, she's still young and doesn't need to deink anything else yet, so give her some time. =)

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