how to get your 1year old off a bottle and onto a cup???

Heather - posted on 05/21/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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i have a 17month year old girl, i am trying hard to get her off the bottle and onto a cup. I have bought nearly every style and colour, even the ones that are a bottle but with handles. I thought id just take them away and not give in but she wouldn't drink for nearly 4days =/ Please can someone help me with my stubborn child x x

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Rachel - posted on 05/27/2010

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I transitioned my son from the bottle to a sippy cup at 10 months. He absolutely hated it. He would chuck that sippy cup as far away as possible and scream for his bottle. The bottle was very comforting to him, I think especially the feel of the nipple. His bottle acted as his pacifier. I finally sat down with him and "bottle fed" him his sippy cup. He was still mad but drank because he was hungry, and was comforted by me holding him. Hopes this helps!

Patti - posted on 05/26/2010

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maybe if you take her to the store and let her pick out the cup she would like. but what ever you do dont go back to the bottle. good luck nanny Patty

Heather - posted on 05/25/2010

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thankyou all for the helpfull hints and tips. She's been going cold turkey for 2days now and tantrums are high but she'll drink from a cup using a straw. Its a start. Guess just not interested at all in sippy cups. i wish i started along time ago and saved the added stress. xx

Hannah - posted on 05/24/2010

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try watering down the bottle, and not the cup... i saw that on super nanny once... worked like a charm apparently :)

Christina - posted on 05/23/2010

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I introduced both of my kids to sippy cups before 1, my son started grabbing his sister's at 8 months & figured it out pretty quickly. The sippy cup they use has a straw to the bottom so they don't have to hold it upside-down. I think they're called Nuby. They're a real pain in the butt to clean since they have so many nooks & crannies but they're the best I've found & my kids won't use any other type.

As for the bottle breaking, I never had to do that because I never allowed them to have posession of their bottle. Neither of my kids was ever allowed to bottle feed themselves so the bottle was always "mine" & they never got the opportunity to get attached to it. Their bottle was like any other dish to them. Good luck making the switch!

Toni - posted on 05/23/2010

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I replaced my sons bottle with a sippy cup when he was 10 months old , it was so easy ,he never missed his bottle at all.
I believe it was so easy bc he has an older cousin he always sees with a sippy cup & he wanted what his cousin had

Heather - posted on 05/23/2010

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i tried the just chuckiong the away thing and she went 4days without drinking. worried me sick. i even got her choose one in shop and she would happily use it in store,but moment home she through tantrums and made self sick doing so. I have an older boy whose 4,and he was a nightmare to but gave in in a day (just put him in be with it so couldnt escape lol) she will drink a fruit shoot so bought a sports bottle but not same. Just gonna have to be firm xx

Jennifer - posted on 05/21/2010

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wow, you mean there is actually a more stubborn child than mine. hahaha Do you have other kids around, like brother, sisters, cousins, friends... My youngest was so hard to get to use a sippy. My first could have cared less, my second I had to just take it away and she went a day without drinking, then she was fine with it. (You don't want them to go more than a day without drinking, especially since it is summer time) My third was a whole other world. I tried to take the bottle away, but every time I did, he threw the thing at me, and let me tell you, he had good aim. Then, he would scream. I even let him scream for 4 hrs once, but he still didn't give up. Then one day, I went to my Mother in law's and my 2 year old nephew was there. My son watched him drink from a sippy, then the little snot when over and drank from it too. After that he was fine with the sippy. A lot of times, kids like to do what others are doing, so if she has someone to copy, then she just might give it a try.

Clare - posted on 05/21/2010

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I Know how you feel, It took every trick in the book to get my youngest off the bottle....(never had an issue with my other 2) Same as you every type of cup they ever invented for a toddler was bought in attempt to bribe my lil one to give up her bottle and alot of money spent later i was still no better off. I then took the approach cup or nothing! i know it sounds harsh but i had tried everything else. One morning i told her we had a visit from the bottle fairy she had taked her bottle for the new babies born that night,gave her a cup and told her what a good girl she was letting the little babies have her bottle and that she was a big clever girl for drinking out of a cup....well we never looked back once or twice she asked for it but i stood firm. (she didn't refuse drink for more than 24 hrs though)...try it i hope it helps :)



Forgot to mention she only drinks water and milk xx

Teresa - posted on 05/21/2010

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She might just be better off going cold turkey. Bottles are really bad for them after one year - just ask your dentist. And really flavoured milk in a sippy cup?? that is a teeth killer. The amount of sugar in those powders and syrups is unbelievable - take the bottle away and just give an ordinary cup. Both my kids had their bottles taken away at 7months and then sippy cups taken away around 14 months. Just be strong. The sooner you do it the easier it will be. Promise x

Melissa - posted on 05/21/2010

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I had the same problem with my daughter. I just started putting chocolate milk or juice in the sippy cup. Then letting her have a taste before closing it with the lid on. Once she knew what was in it she started to use it more and more. Now she drinks almost all her bottles from a sippy cup. Except the nighttime bottle which is a warm bottle for sleeping. Good luck.

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