How do I teach my daughter to hold her own cup?

Christina - posted on 05/16/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be 1 on the 24th, she can drink ok out of a cup but she won't hold the cup, she cries when I try to make her and throws the cup down. I'm not sure what to do now, no advice I've been given by her doctor is working. First he told me to hold her hands around the bottle, that didn't work than he said try leaving the bottle on the high chair table and leaving her alone with it, that didn't work either and I'm not sure what to do now. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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Brie - posted on 05/17/2011

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it took until a week after my sons first birthday to get him on a sippy... and boy did we go through different types of sippys.. he finally took a soft top sippy... he is going on 20 months and still won't hold his cup by himself... he will hold it but only once in a blue moon... now we will lay him down with his drink and he will hold it but if he is sitting up forget it... he has to be really thirsty... here lately he has done it more than before but he is still a long way away from doing it himself... setting it on his high chair is just something else for him to knock off or throw so i feel you there lol...

Kay - posted on 05/17/2011

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Our pediatrician wanted my girls off the bottle by 9 months. I followed his advice, even though I didn't agree, and I had no trouble with taking the bottle away. Maybe the longer they have the bottle, the more attached they get and the harder it is to take it away.

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I think the earlier you get rid of the bottle, the easier it will be. My daughter never used a bottle since she was breastfed exclusively but I think I remember starting her with a sippy cup at 1 year. The ones that I started her with had handles which it looks like you have tried. I would just keep offering her the sippy cup and she'll get the hang of it eventually!

Christina - posted on 05/17/2011

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sounds great, I'll keep trying. Maybe getting rid of her bottles is what I should do since I'm tempted to give them to her when she refuses to use her cup.

Elfrieda - posted on 05/17/2011

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I started transitioning my son away from bottles when he turned one. We took 2 months about it, and then he was off them. Personally, I think it looks terrible to see a 2 year old with a bottle, but I know other moms have different opinions.



Try leaving the sippy cup out while she's playing, and maybe she'll grab it and take a drink. My son took a while to get the hang of getting water or milk out of a sippy cup, but I tried different spouts and tried not to pressure him, and one day he just got it.

Belinda - posted on 05/17/2011

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Take some cups into the bath as a toy, for some reason babies love to drink bath water. Don't push it, just see what she does,make it funny. Maybe take your own cup of water into the bathroom and drink. You can also use the cup that you have brought in for her to play with and pretend to drink from it,

Bonnie - posted on 05/17/2011

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Most doctors recommend being off the bottle by a year because it can become bad for their teeth. Some even say that it could cause speech problems. But really it is up to you if you think she is ready to stop using a bottle. Both my boys were drinking out of a sippy cup only by 11 months. We didn't follow any guidelines with it or say they have to be drinking out of a cup only by a year, it's just the way it happened.

Kellie - posted on 05/16/2011

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Well (and i'm no expert!) but I would imagine that depends on the child, I think it's perfectly normal for a 2 to 3 yr old having a final bottle in the evening but that's me another Mum may feel differently

Christina - posted on 05/16/2011

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thanks for the advice, Kellie, I think I'll get a second opinion, or just ask some of you guys! What age do you think it's appropriate to take a child off his/her bottle?

Kellie - posted on 05/16/2011

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oh. ok. well i'd be getting a second opinion i've never heard anything like a child has to be off the bottle by their first birthday before and I can't imagine a reason why they would need to be off the bottle by then.

Christina - posted on 05/16/2011

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my doctor said she has to be off the bottle by her first birthday, he doesn't want her going any farther than that. I'm not sure why, he didn't say.

Kellie - posted on 05/16/2011

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haha i totally LOL'd at that!

Just be quietly persistent, the harder you force it the harder she'd going to reject it. Are you worried because this is something she's 'supposed' to be doing? if so don't, she'll do it when she's ready just like everything else :)

Christina - posted on 05/16/2011

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yeah, unfortunately she uses the handles to throw the cup more efficiently.

Kellie - posted on 05/16/2011

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does the cup have handles? maybe get a cup with handles and try that first, sort of like a bike with training wheels except it's a cup with training 'wheels' LOL

Bonnie - posted on 05/16/2011

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I had the same problem with both my boys. It basically took a few days of being persistent to get them use to it.

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