drinking out of cups and/or a straw?

Krissy - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )




Is anyone else trying to introduce a regular cup or drinking out of a straw? My daughter just bites on a straw and can only drink out of a regular cup if I am holding it.


Penny - posted on 05/28/2010




my lil one uses an open cup every now and then if i forget his sippy , he spills a lil bit down him. has never had a problem with a straw, when he was about 10months we were at mcdonalds n he wanted some of my milkshake so after showin him he needs to suck (on his hand) he got the idea. if you want an open cup with handles just take the lid off their sippy cup.


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Jodene - posted on 06/02/2010




My DS has been drinking though a straw for quite a few months now. I wont give him a cup with no lid, he has the sippy cups with the straw.

Susan - posted on 06/02/2010




My son will not drink out of a sippy cup. He will only drink out of a straw (toddler sippy cup). We cant figure out why he really hates the sippy cup but it has been the only thing that he likes and it help'd switch him away from bottles.

Rachael - posted on 06/01/2010




i first taught cecil to drink from a straw by fillin a glass of water and puttin the straw in and than putting my finger or the hole and givin cecil the other end to suck/bit and slowly let the water run into his mouth after a few trys he was drinking from it on his own for a regular cup i started with a teaspoon or so in it baby size cup not sippie and he took rite to that also and i slowly added more over time. from time to time hed still rather shake or dump it but hey hes still a little guy and water dont stain.

Amanda - posted on 06/01/2010




I had a really hard time to get my son off the bottle. I let him to the store and pick out his "big boy cup" its also a munchin cup w/ a gel straw. His is sponge bob.. I let him throw his bottles away. & he still clapps for himself when he drinks out of his big boy cup.. haha! I give him LOTS of praze!

Dawn - posted on 05/31/2010




My DS like to try and drink out of cups, but like your LO can only manage it with help. There's plenty of mine for them to get the hang of it yet, so I wouldn't rush her

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Learning takes a little bit of time and alot of spilling LOL.

You just have to let her try.

My daughter almost 19 month old has been using a cup using 14 months and straws (by herself) for a couple months.

At first I had to hold her cup and then later moved onto just putting a little bit of water in it and have her hold it and drink. She'd pass the cup back and say "more" so I'd give her some more. Now I can give her a bigger drink...but not too much, I'd rather have her say "more" than see it accidentally spilt on the floor.

It was the same with using straws. We'd show her how to use the straw and let her try...

Best wishes:-)

Janique - posted on 05/28/2010




My son will drink out of a sippy cup with a straw or a cup with a nipple. It depends on his mood :) But the only time he will drink water is directly from the water bottle. He has to feel like a big boy! He handles all methods very well. I had to let go and allow him to spill when drinking from a regular bottle of water and before you knew it he was doing it on his own.

Heather - posted on 05/27/2010




I taught my boys to drink out through straws by holding liquid in the straw and basically pouring the drink into their mouths one strawful at a time. After a couple of tries they picked up on sucking on the straw. It's not something that kids automatically know how to do. Someone also posted about wanting cups with handles on them. I found some at the grocery store on the baby isle. They come with lids too.

Maria - posted on 05/25/2010




anyone know of where to get open cups that still have handles on the sides? ive been wanting to move my son on to the open cup but without the handles they seem to slide through his little hands, and all the cups with handles seem to have them attached to the lids, so if you take off the lid, the handles are gone too....

Samantha - posted on 05/25/2010




It will eventually happen. My daughter has been drinking out of a regular cup since she was 9 months and now she can do it all by herself (though she some times makes a mess.) She also just learned how to use a straw but she is teething so she chew on it. Good luck.

Leslie - posted on 05/25/2010




their all different!! lol..mine hold and drinks from a cup fine but their are spills so its mostly an outdoor endeavor! but she is learning..im finding the fork and spoon harder then the cup she always turns her spoon upside down before it goes in her mouth hahahaah but thats kids messy messy babies

Alyson - posted on 05/24/2010




my daughter has been totally off the bottle for two months. i let her pick out her own sippy cups and we used them during the day for a few weeks then i stopped giving her a bottle at night. i think we use gerber? im not sure...

then i got cups with the straw in it and she liked those so i got her a cup with a cover on it but it has a slit in the top with a rim like a real cup and she uses that most of the time. after that we moved on the big cups but i dont give them to her all the time because she still spills.

good luck!

Minnie - posted on 05/22/2010




My daughter has been using an open cup since 12 months. It was really really simple, actually. Went from mooching sips from my own cup at ten months to her wanting to hold the big cup. No problem.

Tone - posted on 05/22/2010




I let my girl have reall cup around 9 month.. and yes I had to hold it for her.. but now that she is 1,5 she does it her self.. I will not say we never have spills we do.. but thats okay. she is learning.. they do the same with food.. so just try and let them fail.. give them only water.. that not to bad to clean up.. when you are letting them try.. my kids always use to drink out of a straw when they were really small.. because we us to give them water when we where out in a resturant.. thrue our straw.. so they learn fast.. but let them try.. yes you going to have to help them .. like with everything else.. Good luch.. hope it works.. You can even try sippy cup with out the sippy.. like take the plastic insurt out.. so it can spill..

Nancy - posted on 05/21/2010




It really is all about trial and error. I think I've tried every sippy cup created and finally found one she likes. It's the Munchikin sippy with the straw (no drip). She loves it. She also chews on the straw but she's also cutting those 2nd molars.

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