Any ideas about how to get my 1 yr old to use a sippy cup?

Krista - posted on 10/12/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I had a sippy cup that she loved and she even would take formula in it sometimes, but I lost the cup and can't find one like it anywhere. So I have been trying different cups. She will take water or juice in them... though it doesn't last long, but she will not take her formula in them. So I am wondering when I switch her to soy milk if she will still not want it. Should I just take the bottle away fully when I switch her over? I want to do it gradually but whenever I give her a cup with her formula in it, she cries and won't stop until I give her the bottle. Getting a bit frustrated.

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Michele - posted on 10/21/2011

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Have you tried the sippy cup with the built in straw? Playtex has a nice one with handles. My 1-year old has swallow issues and we find that she takes to the straw a lot better than the lift it and drink type of sippy cup. Good luck!

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Ashley - posted on 10/31/2011

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I understand the milk allergy, I have 6 year old twins and one of them were lactose intolerant. Trin (13 month old) didn't like bottles so we just had to try several until we found one she was the same way with cups. Glad things are working good for you though. I know the WIC here has given me lactose free milk, which was nice cause its expensive but that worked great with my daughter, she never had any issues with it.

Krista - posted on 10/31/2011

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Ari has her good days and her bad days. She did well today with her milk... though she has chosen a different cup. I just gave her different cups til she picked one she wanted that day. Whatever works. I am kinda rushing into getting away from the bottle and formula cause I get WIC and they stop giving you formula at 1 year and that stuff is so expensive. But anyway, she seems to be doing well. She has been dealing with the switch to soy milk without an issue. She has milk and egg allergy. Such a pain.

Ashley - posted on 10/31/2011

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My daughter is 13 months and I just asked her dr when or how I should get her off the bottle and she said not to rush it. She said its kinda like potty training when shes ready to switch it'll happen. I have bought the soft spout/nipple cups and my daughter seems to like those. They aren't ideal but if she'll drink out of a straw you could try those too (my daughter would drink but then spit it out cause her sisters thought it was a fun game, that and the straws are sometimes not fun to clean milk out of) I might also try to offer it before she really NEEDS it that was shes not super hungrey or tired.

Brenda - posted on 10/29/2011

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i had the same problem when i took the bottles away from my son he wouldnt take any hard lids so i bought a soft spill proof sippy cup and he loved that maybe try that b/c it might be he likes the soft nipple kind. also be careful with soy milk or switching ur child that can cause his stool to be hard or him having some problems going to the bathroom i've also have made that mistake good luck

Krista - posted on 10/28/2011

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I gave her milk in her cup with the straw today and she drank a lot. I only gave her formula at night cause I need to make sure she is getting enough. She didn't drink much yesterday.

Jill - posted on 10/27/2011

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i had this same issue with my first baby. what was happening is that she wouldnt drink from a sippy cup b/c i was giving her a "nighttime bottle" before she went to sleep. she wouldnt drink hardly anything all day, maybe a few sips from a sippy cup, but only b/c the other kids were drinking from sippy cups too. come to find out that she was getting all her milk needs from that one bottle at night and didnt want milk during the day, hence, not drinking from a sippy cup. so when i took that nighttime bottle away, she started drinking from a sippy cup.

also, have you tried those "sippy cups" with the straw? my suggestion is once you switch over to sippy cups, do your best to get rid of the bottles completely. good luck!!!

Krista - posted on 10/26/2011

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Good news... I finally found a sippy she will use... 2 actually, so I use one for soy milk and one for her juice or water, Yesterday I gave her only 3 bottles, and the last one she was not interested in. Today I have not given her a bottle at all. She has had her soy milk today, but just to be sure she is getting proper nutrients, I am gonna give her a bottle tonight.

Tashira - posted on 10/25/2011

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she still on formula n krista am my baby left her bottle at 11months i used sippy cups that had shape like the nipple of the bottle n a first she look at it weird but then she took them u could find at walmart

Dena - posted on 10/24/2011

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Nuk makes a good transition sippy cup i think its called nuk active cup with a silicone spout, my 12 month old loves it!

Maydena - posted on 10/23/2011

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At 10 months, my DD decided she didn't want to drink from a bottle anymore, so we switched to solids and whole milk just like that. She has one sippy cup for water, and another for milk. She recognizes the different cups, and enjoys drinking out of both. Some days, when she is being a tad fussy, I use a regular cup with a straw and she thinks it's pretty neat to drink out of Mommys cup! I should mention, she is getting some formula; the little bit I mix with her morning cereal. I spoke with a dietician, and she said as long as she is getting a well balanced diet, it was totally fine that she wasn't drinking her formula anymore.

Karen - posted on 10/17/2011

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One is still a little yearly to give up a bottle fully, especially if the child has been bottle fed for while now. You could take the bottle away and eventually she will come around, but I would give it a little more time. Just put the sippy cup out when she eats. She might just chew on it for a while, but eventually she will figure out that there is something in there. Also, try taking the stopper out so she can get the liquid easier. Bottles replicate the nipple so they are soothing to a baby. The sippy cup isn't going to give her that, so it might be hard to break the bottle for a while longer. Good luck. I promise she won't be four and walking around with a bottle :0)

Megnk22 - posted on 10/17/2011

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My son always used a sippy for his water. When I started to transition him to milk instead of formula I stuck with the bottle until he got used to just milk. Now I've been trying milk in the sippy cups and he drinks a drink then throws it down. He still drinks water out of it happily. I've tried several different cups as well because a lot of them leak (with the water) so I wanted to find a good one for milk. I'm still working on him to see if I can get him to transition out of the bottle soon. The dr wanted me to get him used to the milk before switching to a cup so he is only getting one change at a time. I can't wait to see some of the feedback that you get so that it can possibly help me too. Good luck!

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