sippy cup?

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

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so my daughter is 5months old and i was wondering when i could start her on drinking from a cup versus a bottle.i know her main means of eating will still be formula but is it ok to give her a little bit of water in a sippy cup so she can start getting used to the transition?

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Melissa - posted on 11/12/2009

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I started my oldest on playing with a sippy cup around 4 months, letting him hold it and experiment with it and whatnot. He started to use it at 6 months, but it took a while to find ones that he actually took to. He would always bite the "nuby" soft top ones, so we ended up going out and getting the gerber graduate ones, they have a somewhat soft rubber like spout and are bent so its easier for the baby to hold! hope thats a little bit of help!

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Katrina - posted on 11/13/2009

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I started my oldest when he was 6 months and at 8 months with my charge when I was a nanny. I breastfed my son, so only water and juice later in the sippy cup. But with my charge we put his formula in it at 8 months and ended the bottles. I would suggest a BHA Free sippy cup with two handles. Your child will tell you when they are ready with signs like sitting well unsupported, holding bottles during feedings, etc. When she is ready and accepts using the cup, use it full time. There is no reason to stick with a bottle.

A good cup:
http://www.gerber.com/Products/NUK_Learn...

Jessy - posted on 11/12/2009

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Ive read alot of places you should wait till about 6 months. But just talk with the baby's pediatrician next visit.

Sharalyn - posted on 11/12/2009

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Yes! it absolutely OK to start them early. I introduced the sippy cup to my daughter when she was 4 months. She didn't take it, then again at 5 months, still didn't take it, and again at 6 months. Still didn't take it. A couple of weeks after her first birthday however, she took it instantly and didn't even look twice to her bottle. It was a great feeling!!! Just be careful that they don't choke on the water because their reflexes are still a bit lose at 5 months. Try juice too. My daughter hated the non-spill kind of spippy cup because the liquid would hardly come out. I got her the regular, hard sippy cups and she loves them! Hope this helps.

Angel - posted on 11/12/2009

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I started my daughter on a sippy cup at about 5 months. i would put water in it, like another mom said it was to just introduce the cup for familiarity. When she was 6 months she was holding the cup(one with the handles) so i owuld put formula in it and let her have that during lunch. By 11months only a bottle at bed time and sip cups besides that.
This made the transition away from bottles really easy. I personally think its a person preferance for both you and your child.

Theresa - posted on 11/12/2009

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i think putting water in a sippy cup is fine just dont be upset if she doesnt know what to do w/ it or doesnt want it. but trying never hurt any one

Michele - posted on 11/12/2009

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I started my daughter on a sippy cup as she turned 1. She still wants the bottle @ time, but she uses the sippy cup.

Michele - posted on 11/12/2009

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I do agree. I think that sippy cups allow a child to be more independent. I am also a fan od sippy cups. I use them with my daughter.

Mel - posted on 11/12/2009

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I think sippy cups are a fantastic idea. I think that offering bub water from a sippy cup starts good habits..Bottle = Formula and sippy cup = water...But i also found that my son preferred the cheaper sippies that didn't have the spill proof things in them.. he preferred the more free flowing variety. It took a while but now he is a pro. good luck

Debbie - posted on 11/12/2009

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i have just started to introduce the sippy cup with water to my 7 and half month baby boy, any time from 6 months start to introduce the cup.

Amber - posted on 11/12/2009

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Like the other mums, i'd say not before 6 months. Sippy cups are still awkward for the baby to hold on to even approaching a year old. I give my kids water in a bottle until they're about 6 months +. Try your little one out, see how they go. Just be careful that your baby doesn't take to the cup only to shun the bottle. Unlikely to happen, though.

Megan - posted on 11/11/2009

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i INTRODUCED THE SIPPY TO MY SON AT 6 MOS. BUT ALSO CONTINUED THE BOTTLE SO WHAT EVER YOU THINK IS BEST!! BUT DONT LET HER HAVE THE SIPPY ALL THE TIME MAYBE BETWEEN FORMULA AND FOOD GIVE HER A LITTLE WATER NO MORE THAN 2 OZ AT A TIME THOUGH!! GOOD LUCK!!

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