I was told to introduce the sippy cup at 6 months is that an appropriate time?

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Amelia - posted on 05/31/2009

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i started my son on a sippy cup at 5 months...he LOVES it. he wouldn't take the regular ones i found one made by NUK that is made for breast/bottle to sippy cup. after getting used to that one he now will take others. he only gets bottles of expressed milk...everything else goes in the cup.

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Coralie - posted on 06/01/2009

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For sure!!! I introduced the sippy cup to my daughter at 5 months and by 10 months she was off the bottle and drinking out a sippy cup full time!! She just loves that sippy cup!!!

Liza - posted on 06/01/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

I started to give my son a sippy cup around 5 months old, at first he would just chew on it, i bought the ones with a soft top so when he would chew on it the juice/water would just run out, but after a few times offering it to him, he started to understand what was in the cup and that he needed to suck on it to get the juice out.......once he got used to that one i bought one that has a soft top but he has to suck on to get anything out cuz he was makin such a mess with the other ones.....he is now 6 1/2 months and drinks out of a cup a couple times a day, but i only put him formula in his bottles and other drinks in a cup that way he knows that what is in the cup isn't he meal.......


That's a great idea Kelly! I was wondering how the formula would do in a sippy cup, but the idea of not putting it in there so they don't get confused is great.

Liza - posted on 06/01/2009

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My son will be 6 months old in a couple days & we're buying a sippy cup to celebrate. We'll start by giving it to him empty, just so he can get the feel of it, get used to holding it and pulling it to his mouth. (Just make sure not to let them suck on it too much if you do that, they'll just be sucking in air.)
I've also read that some occupational therapists consider sippy cups to be glorified bottles and that babies as young as 6 months old can be taught to drink from a straw. I don't know how much I agree with that, but we will try both since it doesn't cause any harm...

Dawn - posted on 05/31/2009

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Introducing the sippy cup at any age can be difficult, but it is also very exciting or at least it was for me. My son, who is two now has been drinking out of a sippy cup since he was 4 months old. He began using the sippy cups with straws at six months. My daughter who is one didn't start using a sippy cup until about 7 months and she still sometimes gets confused depending on if the cup has a straw or not. It's cute. At six months I would recommend using the sippy cup that have to be tipped upward like a bottle to drink. Good luck and have fun

Kelly - posted on 05/31/2009

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I started to give my son a sippy cup around 5 months old, at first he would just chew on it, i bought the ones with a soft top so when he would chew on it the juice/water would just run out, but after a few times offering it to him, he started to understand what was in the cup and that he needed to suck on it to get the juice out.......once he got used to that one i bought one that has a soft top but he has to suck on to get anything out cuz he was makin such a mess with the other ones.....he is now 6 1/2 months and drinks out of a cup a couple times a day, but i only put him formula in his bottles and other drinks in a cup that way he knows that what is in the cup isn't he meal.......

D'Andra - posted on 05/31/2009

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thanks so much. I was worried lol my daughter is only 4 months and we have introduced cereal yet but are hoping to this month and then my mom was like oh you need to start purchasing sippy cups for her to get use too. Gees! so many things to learn in a short amount of time.

Rachel - posted on 05/31/2009

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I would try but don't get too bothered if it doesn't work. Some kids thrive on change (like my son) and others resist it every step of the way (like my daughter) I fed my son, Riley myself til he was 8 months old. When it came to weaning onto food he loved every mouthful and we went straight to bowls of food. When he was weaned off the breast he was happy to have milk in a bottle or a beaker from day one and I have never had a problem with either. Erica was a different story. When she was weaned onto food at 6 months I struggled to get a teaspoon of food in her mouth, I had to starve her onto bottles when I stopped breastfeeding her and when it came to sippy cups I tried EVERY different type of beaker that I could find hoping that I would find one that she liked. I tried free-flow, open lid, valve, 360 ones, ones that looked like bottles and I tried juice in a bottle and she wasn't having any of it. She is now nearly 14 months old and it has only been in the last 2 months or so that she has FINALLY started taking and wanting juice from a nuby bottle style beaker. I am now going to chuck all the others out and buy loads of this one. I think that you NEED to start weaning a baby onto food at six months so that they don't start getting vitamin deficiancies and you CAN give juice in a beaker/sippy cup at that age but if a baby isn't ready they aren't ready. Different beakers feel different, have different ways of sucking on them and work differently and they all look different from bottles. It is possible that changing onto food will be a big enough change for your baby to cope with. In which case it is more important to get them to eat properly. Keep trying to give them beakers of juice and if they take to it then great but don't get your knickers in a twist about it too much. If they still only wanted milk at the age of a year then that is the time to worry about it more because milk needs to be reduced then so that they don't get constipated (although milk is still important for them to have).

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