Sippy cup debate! need your feedback plz!

Corinne - posted on 06/11/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Im in the process of getting my 7 month old to use a sippy cup! i was told to start with a hard nipple and take the stopper out so she knows there is stuff in it! i tried that multiple times but she thinks of it as a toy and ends up hitting herself and throwing the cup! the other day i bought her the soft nipple kind and all she does is chew on it! yes the water comes out but im afraid she will punch a hole in the cup before she learns to use it!



Any advice or stories of your babies? do you recommend a certain brand? perhaps a different liquid in the cup?

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Kari - posted on 06/11/2009

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I used a soft nipple nubby, she chewed threw a few but she got the idea. But i would introduce it to her while she is sitting in her high chair about to eat. and help her. That what we did. with our 15 month old. But my neighbor showed me her sons cup it was hard but soft at the same time. Soft to the touch but hard to bite threw. it had handles too made by platex. That will be my choice this time around with my 3 month old. My daughter started being introduced to teh cup about 7 months old when we introduce juice. No juice ever went in a bottle. My daughter put down her bottle one day and just started taking a hard cup top recently she is now 15 months. Juice is the best to give in the cup. but dilute it. Most pediatricians i have talked to say to limited the water consumption until about two so they get the right amount of vitamins and nutrients they need.

User - posted on 06/11/2009

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nuby soft nipples are the best!!! my 6 month old absolutely loves them and they are spill proof easy to grip and cheap! about 1.89 a piece.

Kathleen - posted on 06/11/2009

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Try the Born Free one. It might be what your child needs. It's soft, but it's just hard enough my son can't chew threw it. He had bitten through his Nuby soft spout....we normally use platex and gerber but just bought the born free and love it. :D

Desire - posted on 06/11/2009

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i didnt use a sippy cup with my son at alll..... he wouldnt let the bottle go away until he was like 2 1/2 years old... then he went to a straight cup...

Kathleen - posted on 06/11/2009

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yes they're all right, you're probably gonna try a bunch till you find the right ones. I tried the soft spout one made by nuby...my son decided it was a chew toy also. I talked to my mom who told me that the valve cups are the better ones...so I got a few. My son is drinking fine with them. I also am now using a Born Free cup, I love this cup. It might be soft enough for her, but sturdy enough not to be bitten through. He chews on it too, but it doesn't break open. I also use the gerber sip and smiles, and the playtex cups. Though the playtex aren't my favorite for my son, but they work. It will take patience though...

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Jocelyn - posted on 06/11/2009

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try a straw sippy cup, playtex and munchkin both make good ones. and i went thru every type of cup for my son... and he ONLY used the straw ones... my niece was the same way as well

Corinne - posted on 06/11/2009

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i use the Playtex vent aire bottles! i bought gerber sippy cups but i also compared the nipples to the advent and mam and all those other brands! they were pretty much all exactly the same! if she doesnt take to these after a while ill definitely try the advent and the straw ideas! i just hate wasting all that money! ahhh kids! lol

MacKenzie - posted on 06/11/2009

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If you use Advent bottles go pick up their cups...if she is holding her bottle she may transition pretty easily if you can keep the liquid in something she associates with drinks.



If you don't use Advent I bet the other brands do the same thing...something to look into.



Good Luck! It was a good day when I got all the bottles out of the house!

Corinne - posted on 06/11/2009

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she gets the motion down..but the soft nipple one she just tipped it up in her mouth and chewed on it...the water still came out but she had no interest in drinking it! i did try juice once and she made all kinds of faces! rather amusing! shes holding her own bottles now..same reason i wanted to start her on the sippy cups! i have let her drink out of our glasses too but not very often! i definitely will be much more persistant!! was just seeing if anyone had a preference on brands or liquids for their babies! thx so much ladies! your stories and ideas definitely made me feel better!

MacKenzie - posted on 06/11/2009

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I really think its more about persistence...on your part. Just keep giving her the cups and she will eventually figure it out. Practice makes perfect. This is a great time for you to start though...you may even try giving her sips from your water bottle...it will help teach her the tipping motion she needs to make.



I like the Advent cups because the tops also fit on the advent bottles I had so it was a smoother transition. Coury is right though, you will go through SO many cups...just keep trying and you will eventually find one you both like...I have discovered that there is NO such thing as spillproof though...so time to get over the spills and messes that are to come.



Good Luck!!!

Hillary - posted on 06/11/2009

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i had my 3 year old on sippys at 10 months. I would recommend giving your baby juice or something, so its a little flavored. break it in slowly.. maybe a sippy or 2 a day.. and of course bottle otherwise. Good luck!

Rachael - posted on 06/11/2009

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My daughter does not get the tip it up motion required of sippy cups so I got the kind with the silicone straw. She does great with it and she can also drink out of a regular glass with a regular straw as well.

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We introduced a soft nipple sippy cup made by Avent when my son was around 6 months. He's 9 months now, and I'm still not sure he's figured it out. I usually need to help him lift it up, but he can suck water out of the spout. He chews on it, but so far hasn't chewed through! I'm not sure learning to use a sippy is too big a deal right now. I will however second Guggie's comment on regular cups - drinking from a regular cup is definitely what my son prefers, so I let him do that when I can.

Shellie - posted on 06/11/2009

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Mine little one, started at the beginging of two years. but mine is a primmy. so that was good they said. I tryed at 7 months and again at 12 months and he didnt want it. he would threw it and hit himself just like yours did. she will get the hang of it. in her on time

Coury - posted on 06/11/2009

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you will go through so many sippy cups. i used the soft one mostly with mine. i would hold it to there mouth to where it would pour out and they new that it was water. but no need to rush it i dont think most kids start using a sippy cup til about a year, although i do know some that took it younger. just let her chew on it they are non toxic, hope this helped some. good luck mama!!

Guggie - posted on 06/11/2009

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hmm dd started drinking out of regular cups around 3 months. we would just offer her a sip whenever she reached for a cup at the table.



i added in a sippy cup when i got a free one from juicy juice. it has a hard lid. i also have some of those toss or reuse plastic ones from target.



your description reminds me of how my daughter treats a bottle and nipple. she seems to think it's a chewing toy for her teething. i wonder if maybe they feel the stretchy plastic and get confused.

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