how can i get my 14mnth old onto sippy cups? this is a real issue

Candice - posted on 11/23/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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my lil guy will litterally go for a whole day not drinking just to avoid the sippy cup, what can i do?

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Brittany - posted on 11/29/2009

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i had the same problem with my son and was kind of panicked because i didnt want him to get any older and still be drinking from the bottle. i had purchased almost every kind of sippy cup available then i realised it was a problem of he didnt like the nipple or plastic tops. so i went straight to straws and it was like the bottle never existed. the first few days were a little bit of a struggle but now all he knows is the straw cups and its a life savor. so now he is 14 months and off the bottle. hope i helped some.

Christina - posted on 11/29/2009

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When my sons turned one i bought some cute sippy cups and got rid of the bottles. They both did pretty good once they realized that if they wanted a drink it was gonna be in a sippy. I did the same with regular cups.

Sonia - posted on 11/28/2009

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I can't get my son to drink out of a sippy cup either, but I did manage to get him drinking through a straw... If you have an issue teaching your child to do that, what you do, is put your finger over the top of the straw to trap in the drink, then let them try and get it out, and then slowly start to release it.. By making them try to get it out first, it teaches them the sucking motion through a straw, and within days no problems!

Sarah - posted on 11/28/2009

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Make it fun play games I pretend to drink out the cup and laughed about it don't put much in it at first and he'll soon pick up on it. My son is completely off the bottle but don't force it also you could try getting a bottle with handles and wean him off it. Plus I used the asda own ( little stars) cups as it leak prof and easy to drink out of hope that helps x

Kari - posted on 11/28/2009

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You could make it a fun thing for both of you. Start a discussion where you both talk about how it's time for the big boy to drink from a big boy cup. (i know you've done that) Have the 2 of you box up all the bottles and give them to the 'bottle fairy' who will give the bottles to a family who needs them. That night put have him put the box out on the front step and the bottle fairy could come in the middle of the night to take away the bottles. Maybe she leaves some glitter on the steps and a box with his 2 special bottle fairy cups - make one a regular cup & one a sippy cup. Make a big deal how neat they are and that they are his special cups and only he can use them. This works great on getting rid of bottles, nuk's and any other items you no longer want to see your little on using. Good Luck!

Mandy - posted on 11/27/2009

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My son is almost 18 months old and has the same problem, he will occasionally use a sippy, but only takes a few sips and is done, and I have every cup you can possibly buy, so that didn't help us. He still uses his bottle most of the time, I won't let him have it at the table for meals though, cause then he won't eat. I have started him on a regular cup at the table and it only took a few trys of pooring milk all over himself. He sees his brother and sister with regular cups so that is what he wanted. I don't see him giving up the bottle anytime soon, but I am not worried at all. He is still just a baby. I personally don't see the difference in a sippy cup and a bottle, the pretty much are the same thing for the same purpose.

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Try using an open cup with no lid or one with a straw. Open cup is always better than sippy cups!
Sippy cups with a leak proof seals cause pressure in the ears from sucking so hard and that in turn leads to more ear infections and fussier babies due to ear pain.
Eventually, you'll have to start him on using an open cup, so why not start right now!

LaShea - posted on 11/27/2009

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I introduced the sippy cup to my son when he was 9 months old. I only gave it to him with a little juice in it. By his first birthday, I had taken away all of his bottles and only gave him sippy cups. I dont think you should give your child a choice

Miranda - posted on 11/27/2009

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My son did way better with the cups that have straws in them than he did with a sippy cup. The only kind of sippy cup he will drink from is the nuk ones with the soft spout. And my son has to have the short cups with handles. He cant seem to hold the long ones up high enough.

Michelle - posted on 11/26/2009

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ADVENT has sippy cups that have a very soft top its an easier transition for them then once he is used to that they have replacement tops that are a little harder but you dont have to buy a whole new cup just a 2 dollar package of tops. My son was the same way..these were the only thing he would take. Good luck :D

Rosemary - posted on 11/26/2009

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The ONLY way I got my Daughter at the same age onto a sippy cup and GIVE up the bottle was that THAT was all that was offered. I would still give her the bottle at night but not during the day. EVENTUALLY they will drink. Or you could even BYPASS the sippy cup stage altogether and let him drink from a NORMAL cup...Just a small amount in the bottom and make sure they sit in an easy clean up area before drinking. Other than that just remember Everything happens when it happens...AND DONT PANIC!

Sue - posted on 11/25/2009

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Easy, throw away the bottles. Do it with him on trash day, have him come with you to put the trash to the curb. When the trash truck comes, sit on the curb and wave goodbye to the bottles together. Works for pacifiers too!

Michelle - posted on 11/24/2009

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Keep trying. maybe put his favorite juice in it. One thing to try is drink from a sippy yourself. When he sees you doing it, he may get curious (plus it is kinda fun :) )

Jessica - posted on 11/24/2009

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Try different styles and designs, drink out of one. Make sure you throw all bottles out of the house that makes it easy for him to be the boss and make you give him what he wants. I threw my daughter's bottles out two to four weeks after she turned one and she did fine on a sippy cup because she knew that was the only thing she had to drink from. It becomes easier after the first few tries.

Lisa - posted on 11/23/2009

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Try different kinds, I'd try the ones with the soft spout first...also you may have to take out the stopper until he realizes he has to suck on it to get the milk/juice, etc, out...

Jenny - posted on 11/23/2009

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I got a soft tip one first and would give them chocolate milk. then after they got used to it I packed up ALL the bottles YEAH no more bottles!

Clarisse - posted on 11/23/2009

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trying different brands is a good idea, but why not just introduce him to a regular cup, you'll probably have to help him not spill it (but he may surprise you)

Codie - posted on 11/23/2009

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Just keep reintroducing it to him with his favorite drink in it. The other thing might be also to try several different styles. Some are convertable so they start with a nipple and convert to a soft pliable nibble to the harder cup style top. Good luck. Keep us posted.

Jennifer - posted on 11/23/2009

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make the sippy cup fun if he sees you drinking out of it they will most of the time want what you have and come after it

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