Advice on sippy cups???

Lauren - posted on 05/18/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any good advice on how to get your baby to drink from a sippy cup? Which is best? My son is 7 months old and I want to try to start him on a sippy cup, but am having trouble.

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Amy Jo - posted on 05/21/2010

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I started with tupperware sippy cups, they can be messy because they do not have a valve in them. However when my son would put it up to his mouth the water would pour out a little so he understood there was something in it. After he understood there was something in it I started with regular sippy cups and he began to drink from them. I also worked in a infant daycare room for 4 years and this is how I tought the babies. It always worked for me but the younger you can start the better. I started putting the cup out when ever he was in his highchair. Good luck.

Olivia - posted on 05/21/2010

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my son would drink water from a bottle, only a sippy cup or a regular cup we drink from, lol, he came to it on his own.

Brandi - posted on 05/21/2010

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We got the Nuby ones from the store they are learner sippy cups! our twins have been drinking out of them for two months now and they are 8 months old. we put juice or water in them and they love it. but they wont drink their milk from them yet.

Candice - posted on 05/21/2010

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He probably won't be interested until closer to 1.When he is get one with a silicone top. Nuk makes nice ones.

Nicole - posted on 05/20/2010

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If you give it to him and he's not interested in it then he's not going to drink from it. Every once in a while give him the seepy cup to see if he wants to try it, but don't force him. Try these. Theye are wonderful, spill proff and soft tipped. The first one is for beginners, it has handles. The second one is for a baby who can hold his own.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

They have them with straws too. My son knows how to sip a straw from a regular cup but when it comes to these ones he just doesn't get the concept, he keeps tipping them over like a regular sippy cup.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

We never used the hard tips with the insertable flow because he would knock it around and undo it, while spilling it all over the place.

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My daughter has been on hers since about 5 months. She tried to drink from our cups so we gave her her own. She used the Born Free ones (they have handles) and Nuby ones now. I know some Nuby ones have nipples on them and handles to help ease the transition. I am sure he will get it in no time :)

Megan - posted on 05/20/2010

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Well you can get really good ones from 6 months up. Mine is from poun shop...cheap but eeffective. It has a removable thing in the top so he can use it as he gets older too.

Karmi - posted on 05/20/2010

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My son was 6 months when he switched over, it happened kind of out of no where. His caregiver at work just suddenly tried it and he took it. I started out with NUK, but they are really fast flow and he would finish them in less then 30 seconds! So I switched to Playtex, with the softer nipple. He seemed to transition just great. For suggestions on switching. I would start with taking it away slowly. Give your son a sippy just at lunch or breakfast, then gradually add more times in. Even give him one while he is playing in an exersaucer so he can get the hang of it on his own. I like as your gradually take away the bottle, he will feel more secure and like the sippy better. Some kids just LOVE their bottle! :) Unfortunately I think taking my son's bottle away too soon caused him to want his binky twice as much. Maybe it is something different, but after the bottle he didn't have much to suck on but his binky, so maybe that is why he loves it so much!

Christina - posted on 05/20/2010

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i just used an age appropriate cup (most of them say what age group they are meant for on the package) for occasional juice or water. then when it was time to switch to milk i threw away the bottles. it was a tough few days but they got used to it and everything was fine. babies mouths aren't shaped for most sippies. get a few different kinds, try a new one each day, and use the one that worked best.

Erica - posted on 05/20/2010

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I read that if you buy a brightly colored cup for yourself and drink out of it in front of your child it will get thiem interested in the cups. My son is almost 6 months old and has had an interest in our cups for a while now, so my husband and I just went out and bought him his first sippy cups. He does have trouble holding the ones that are shaped kinda funny that go in in the middle but the one's with handles he does great with!!

Hannah - posted on 05/20/2010

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the small avent sippy cups are good to use. Dont put his regular formula or milk in his sippy. Put something different to grab his interest. take his hands and show him how to hold the handles. Show him how to do it by doing it yourself. Try this everyday and i promise he'll catch on. i started at your child's age too, and it worked out great! when my son turned one, we took the bottle from him. He was so familiar with the sippy that it didnt bother him at all! Good Luck

Louise - posted on 05/20/2010

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Lauren I started on those ones and he never held them himself!! I'd say at about 11 months he started so don't worry too much about that. Just be glad you found one he liked!!! I have a press full of pretty much unused sippies that he refused to drink out of!!

Lauren - posted on 05/19/2010

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Thanks for all of the comments and advice, I went yesterday and got the nuby sippy cup. It seemed to work well, and he was able to get the juice out. Now i just have to get him to hold it himself.

User - posted on 05/18/2010

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I didn't start with sippy cups until my son was 9mos old. I found that the softer tipped ones with the handles on both sides worked the best. But we went through a number of styles before we found one that he would drink from.

Jamie - posted on 05/18/2010

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I started giving my daughter a sippy cup at about 6 months, I just put her formula in it or some water on her tray with her meals to introduce it. I use the nubby cups, they are similar to the bottle nipples and also, I know a few people who are speach therapists for children and they have said they reccomend the nubby cups because they make them suck and it strengthens the muscles needed to talk.

Jenny - posted on 05/18/2010

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I started my son on the sippy cups with the rubber top 1st and he didnt seem to mind it but he wouldnt drink out of the hard tops after that i started giving him the ones with the straws. He was off bottles by 9months.

Brittany - posted on 05/18/2010

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If you start out with a bottle look alike sippy cup it might be easy for him to adjust... But u have to be serious about it. Not only every now and then...

Miranda - posted on 05/18/2010

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I started with the soft tops as well. Then my daughter figured out that you don't have to suck on it to get the liquid out...quickly changed to the hard plastic. But, I just started putting her drinks in them. And she figured out that if she wanted something...she better drink from the cup. Kinda sounds harsh when said like that...totally didn't mean it like that. :-)

Sarah - posted on 05/18/2010

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I gave my kids the sippy cups that have the soft top, it is similar to a bottle then I switched to the ones with the hard tops after they got used to it. I always put juice or water in the sippy cup. Good Luck!

Tiffany - posted on 05/18/2010

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maybe try a soft nipple( so its more like a bottle ) or they have a 3 in one cup at walmart?

either way try to give him a sippy in the day is how I started my boys off! ♥ hope I could help and good luck!

Diana - posted on 05/18/2010

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My daughter did great with just the take and toss sippys. But my son, who is at about the age where I started my daughter on sippys, is having trouble with them. So I tried the nuby one and he does great now!

Louise - posted on 05/18/2010

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http://www.tommeetippee.us/ctn/522000_bl...

these are a good starter as the spout is small. They are non spill and when baby puts it into mouth the liquid flows without major sucking.



If you prefer a silicone spout have a look at http://www.nuby.com/en/nuby/cups-spouts/...



I have used both of these on my boys and they loved them. My one year old drinks better out of the nuby flip it soft straw one than any other beaker!

Ayla - posted on 05/18/2010

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I tried the NUK sippy cup and my daughter hated it! It was way to hard to get anything out, so I switched her to Playtex stage 1 sippy cups and she loves it!

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I started my daughter out on these ones, and they helped her a lot, she learned rather quickly.

http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp...

they aren't too expensive, and you can get them pretty much anywhere, target, wal-mart, babies r us, or your local grocery store. i also switched off between these and bottles until eventually she just wanted the sippy. The key i guess is to just be patient and eventually he'll pick it up.

Amanda - posted on 05/18/2010

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I wouldn't give my daughter anything but milk or formula in here bottle. I would put her water and juice in the sippy cup. Once she realized she got someting better in the sippy cup she got rid of her bottle on her own.

Courtney - posted on 05/18/2010

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When i was teaching my daughter to drink i would put the sippy to my mouth and pretend to drink she thought it was a game and eventually got it, if your only putting water in it, try putting in some apple juice.. good luck he'll eventually get it

Katarina - posted on 05/18/2010

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I couldn't get my son to drink from a sippy, so when my husband and I went on our honeymoon and my son stayed with my Mom for 4 days I asked her to teach him, and she did!!!!

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