Sippy Cups???

Britney - posted on 01/26/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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So I was told to start putting my son's juice in a sippy cup at six months old. I was told it will help him form his words, and talk better. my son is now eight months old and i try the sippy here and there now. But my mom thinks he is still to little. I like the idea of sippies soon then later because I have been told sometimes it makes bottle breaking easier. so my question is how old did you start you child (ren) on the sippy cup? Also what are some tips to help them ajust to it better. Thanks in advance.

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Britney - posted on 01/27/2009

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yeah my son broke his self of the pacifier at 2 months. I am just going to keep trying.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/27/2009

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my dr told me to have my son off the bottle by nine months and we just slowly started the sippy cup (I used the avent ones because they have like 3 different stages of "nipples" for sippys) and he was done by nine months which kinda suprised the docs because I guess most people don't really listen to them. I think it depends on how receptive the child is to change as well. My son was no problem getting off the paci either so. Good Luck

Jacci - posted on 01/27/2009

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i tried starting at 6 months.. but she wouldnt take any of them.. she would actually throw them.. now shes 12 months and i started using one that has a straw and she loves it.. we only use the bottle for naps and bedtime now

Melody - posted on 01/27/2009

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I started my first 2 on the sippy cup around 6 or 7 months and they had mastered the skill by 8 or 9 months. I waited longer with my daughter and she wanted nothing to do with it til 13 months! lol I also breastfed all my kids but they had bottles during the day while I was at work we kept doing all three and never had any confusion. We started them out with the Nuby brand because of the soft spout (my daughter did better with the gerber cups), but switched them to the playtex after a year because they were less messy for us......my second child poked holes in the tops of all his nuby tops! haha But I don't think you're trying too early. You have to give them a little time to figure out how it works and master the skill anyway! Have fun! : )

Britney - posted on 01/27/2009

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Yeah i am not sure, they said to start with juice.. But i am just going to keep trying.

Brandy - posted on 01/27/2009

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My sister-in-law is a speech pathologist and she told me not to use the sippy cups with the hard ends because they can cause speech inpedements. Try to find a silicone tipped sippy cups. They are made by the brand Nuby. You can look them up online so you know what to look for in stores. My 9 month old uses hers only for hiccups and after meals. At this age, use should still be supervised.

Kelly - posted on 01/26/2009

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I tried starting my son on a sippy cup at around 6 months, but found he had a lot of trouble with them. When I tried to drink from them myself I wasn't suprised as to why. Some ar almost impossible! We had some success with soft spout as he was able to more or less chew the liquid out. The main difficulty he had though was knowing to tip the cup up. In the end I found that my son was able to drink more easily out of a straw attachment and was doing this independently by eight months. My son is now one and we have been able to completly get rid of the traditional bottles.

Sarah - posted on 01/26/2009

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i agree with the soft nipple walmart carrys one that almost look like a nipple of a bottle around $1. Also why only juice he probaly loves hes milk (formula) but that in it to. I started my son early and i had him off a bottle at 1. they say the longer you wait the harder. keep going you mom just doesnt want him to grow up:)

Nicole - posted on 01/26/2009

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ten months old sounds like a better time to introduce a sippy cup. I beleive by one the skill is mastered.

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My daughter did really well with the "transition".  I pretty much decided at a year that she wasn't getting bottles anymore because I was tired of washing them and started giving her sippy cups and that was it.  She didn't have any problems with that.  Good luck to you!

Gelaine - posted on 01/26/2009

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Well, my daughter didn't get off of bottles until she was about 18 months or so, but she was using both for a long time. She gets comments on how well she speaks, so I wouldn't really worry about his speech when it comes to sippy cups and bottles. The bottle breaking, however, happened gradually. The Nuby soft spouts did well, because the were almost like a bottle, that she hardly noticed the transition.

Britney - posted on 01/26/2009

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yeah thats what i have is a soft spout one. How old did you start your on the sippy. I am just wondering if i am rushing it or not. I would like to have my son off his bottle at a year old. Its my goal..lol.. which all depends on him he thinks he is the BOSS..lol..

Gelaine - posted on 01/26/2009

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There are some brands that carry soft spout sippy cups, such as Nuby, and Gerber. What you might want to do is start with a soft spout, which is almost like a baby bottle, but not quite, and move through the different stages, and not go straight to the hard spout sippys like what an older child might have.

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