how can i get my 8 month old to hold his own sippy cup?!?

Cassandra - posted on 03/22/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my 8 month old wont hold his own cup nor bottle. sometimes if u make him do it he will for a couple seconds. he held his bottle before but that was at 5 months now he will not do it. and i am worried when he is a year old he wont hold it himself.

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Cassandra - posted on 05/11/2011

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ethan is now 10 months old and he drinks froma sippy cup all day long! only has a bottle before bed and he doesnt even need to. but i dont wanna take the bottle away totally because he is my baby!! lol, no but he improved a lot, he holds it by himself and he will pick it up when he wants it by himself too.

Cassandra - posted on 03/23/2011

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i gave him his bottle today & made him hold it and he did for his whole feeding, so hopefully after a couple of times he will get it.

Cassandra - posted on 03/22/2011

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thanks guys. i really want him to hold the cup on his own, but it will soon come to him. my daughter held her up at 5 months and after that insisted on doing it herself.

Jennifer - posted on 03/22/2011

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hahaha, At 12 months, my 3rd child still refused to hold his sippy. He would literally take it in his hands, look at me, then chuck it at me and start to scream. I would try just sitting it back in front of him after he did that, but after so many times of having to duck, and some bruises, because he had a really good arm and even better aim, I would get tired. I started holding his hands on the cup with mine while he was drinking. In his own time, he finally let me take my hands away and would hold it (without throwing it at me). Can you tell he was incredibly stubborn? He still is too. Good luck with your little one!

Katherine - posted on 03/22/2011

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Just give him time. Every child is different. It's not like at 8 months they are supposed to magically hold their own things. Actually my daughter didn't hold a sippy until 10 months.

Louise - posted on 03/22/2011

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Place the juice infront of him and let him move to get it. Do not give it to him let him work it out himself. He will eventually grab the cup it is human nature. Leave him for an hour before helping him. Every time you give him a drink just leave the cup on the floor at the side of him and walk away. Try not to give him eye contact because he will look to you to do it for him. Watch from a distance to see what he does. he should after a couple of times make an effort to do it for himself.

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