Is it ok that she's 9 months and not using a sippee cup?

Afiya - posted on 09/21/2011 ( 36 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9 months old today and she still refuses a sippee cup! Is this ok? Are there any tips to get her started on one? They are so much cheaper than the wide bottles we use. She's never used a pacifier, never liked it, so we didn't force her to use it. She breastfed for 6 months and it took 2 months to transition to a bottle. She has 8 full teeth and she never showed any problems with teething. We wouldn't have known she even had teeth if she wasn't biting us... She's been kind of "different" when it comes to things in her mouth this whole time, should we forget about the sippee cups and stick with the bottles until she drinks out of regular cups?

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Susan - posted on 10/05/2011

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I didn't give my child a sippy until she was about a year. I switched her off bottles to sippies in 2 weeks. Don't worry about it.

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2011

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It's perfectly fine that she doesn't like it yet. I never started with sippies until my kids were around 11 months, and even then they were all 12 months before using them all the time. I just never saw the need to rush, especially since the bottles had the ounce marks for making formula. I always found it best to buy a couple different sippies to start with, and see which one my child prefered.

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My kid used bottles, but when she began preschool at 13 months, they had them sip from real cups- not sippy cups- to train them in control with their hands.

Bernadette - posted on 10/14/2011

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my daughter was a bit like this. She never had a bottle or pacifier, she just flat refused. She didn't put anything into her mouth except her own hands when she was teething (and we never knew she was teething either, except for the excess dribble, because she never complained) wouldn't have teething toys or anything. The only other thing she ever put in her mouth was her stuffed toys - she would sometimes chew on their noses. She wasn't too keen on the sippy cup either but she did eventually take it because it was extremely hot and she needed the water. Because she'd never had a bottle, she didn't know how to suck from them. I tried the ones with the soft silicone spouts but all she did was chew on them. At least she did get the water out that way though! It was very messy... Then I gave her a tommee tippee closer to nature sippy cup - it is shaped the same as the bottles, but it has a spout instead of a teat. It is a firm one, which meant that if she wanted the water she had to learn how to suck as chewing had no effect. It isn't hard though - it has that nice flexible coating on it, a bit like toothbrush handles often have. It took a while though, and having the ones with the soft spout as well did help because although she chewed them, it did teach her that water came from them so once she was expecting water, and chewing didn't work, she started to suck. I'm trying it on my son at the moment but so far he doesn't know what to do. He hasn't had a soft spout one yet though, so doesn't realise that anything is supposed to come out. Unlike my daughter, he puts everything in his mouth! Well, except for bottles and pacifiers - he has refused these too. Everything else goes in though, so he is going to be a nightmare when he gets mobile.

Bernadette - posted on 10/14/2011

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my daughter was a bit like this. She never had a bottle or pacifier, she just flat refused. She didn't put anything into her mouth except her own hands when she was teething (and we never knew she was teething either, except for the excess dribble, because she never complained) wouldn't have teething toys or anything. The only other thing she ever put in her mouth was her stuffed toys - she would sometimes chew on their noses. She wasn't too keen on the sippy cup either but she did eventually take it because it was extremely hot and she needed the water. Because she'd never had a bottle, she didn't know how to suck from them. I tried the ones with the soft silicone spouts but all she did was chew on them. At least she did get the water out that way though! It was very messy... Then I gave her a tommee tippee closer to nature sippy cup - it is shaped the same as the bottles, but it has a spout instead of a teat. It is a firm one, which meant that if she wanted the water she had to learn how to suck as chewing had no effect. It took a while though, and having the ones with the soft spout as well did help because although she chewed them, it did teach her that water came from them so once she was expecting water, and chewing didn't work, she started to suck. I'm trying it on my son at the moment but so far he doesn't know what to do. He hasn't had a soft spout one yet though, so doesn't realise that anything is supposed to come out. Unlike my daughter, he puts everything in his mouth! Well, except for bottles and pacifiers - he has refused these too. Everything else goes in though, so he is going to be a nightmare when he gets mobile.

Jackie - posted on 10/09/2011

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I wouldn't worry yet ma ma. And, yes it's okay!! Forget the timelines, and the guilt about my kid is/isn't doing this yet....she'll get there when she's ready :)

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2011

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My daughter didn't switch till a year old. Be sure you start with the soft spout sippees since kids tend to chew nipples a bit at the end of bottle use. Hard tops can hurt new teeth even if she didn't have much teething trouble.
I say if she's doing great with bottles for now, don't worry. When she passes the year mark, seems to be the general opinion for a good age, try again with some soft tops.
When we switched our daughter, once we had the soft top sippees, we just switched. The first day we tried to start the whole transition her from one to the other, but became obvious that she was just going to throw a fit with the sippee till we gave her back the bottle. So after that first day when we (this is the key) saw that she got a drink from the sippee, she didn't get the bottle again.
Keep an eye on how much she drinks for the first few days. Just to make sure she is still using it well. Some might tell you that this is a harsh approach but I'll tell you:
-She didn't get dehydrated
-She learned to use a sippee in 2 days
-After that first day, where she saw both, there were no fits
After she gets sippees then drinking from a straw is easier too. A much needed skill when you're out to eat and forgot their cup. LOL ;)

Andrea - posted on 10/07/2011

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Let her play with an empty sippy until she gets used to the idea of holding it and what not and then slowly add water to it. My daughter didn't use a sippy until she was a year old because she just didn't like it and we didn't force the issue on her. Our son is almost 10 months old and he loves using a sippy at meal time but for naps and bedtime he still wants his bottle. There are no set rules for anything with kids as far as a timeline for when they should do this or that and sometimes pushing things on them (cups, food, potty training) will actually make them not want it more. Let ting them decide when they are ready for things gives them a small sense of independence and control and they know when they are ready for things. Each child is different and will do things at their own pace. I wouldn't worry about it because I have yet to see an grown adult drinking from a baby bottle...lol!

Angela - posted on 10/04/2011

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Sherri you are right about the nuby, I had that issue once they got older, also I had to make the hole larger because little flow came out. It was the only sippy cup my daughter would take. Now I just do juice or milk box, with he box holder.

Heather - posted on 10/03/2011

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I would try some different brands. It's really hard to get anything out of some of them! And I can't remember when my daughter really started using a sippy cup well, but it took a loooong time, I seem to recall. It took her awhile before she would drink milk out of one b/c she was so used to it in a bottle. Try water. And keep offering one.

Tina - posted on 10/03/2011

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My daughter went straight from the bottle to a Straw Sippee Cup...have you tried those?

Angela - posted on 10/02/2011

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I have to state I have 4 children, One of my kids had a tooth at age 3 months! She never chewed off the nipple of any bottle. She drank bottles until about age 2 Her teeth are fine. my oldest was on a sippy cut by age 12 months and again all teeth etc are fine. I never heard anyone tell me that my kids would chew off a nipple and swallow it. If I did I would ignore it.

I had a thumb sucker and was told her teeth could be damaged too and her teeth are fine she is a model now.



Look at nature. Infants need breast milk or formula until age 1 year, so if by nature a baby is sucking from a nipple until at least age 1 why get rid of the nipple before that unless the child wants to.

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Try a soft tipped sippy cup to begin with. How I got my boys to move to one was by only giving them a bottle at nap and bedtime. If they wanted anything else during the day, it was in a sippy cup. My oldest loved the Gerber Graduates soft tipped ones. Then once my kids had their first birthday, all bottles went out the door.

Keri - posted on 10/01/2011

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We didn't realize our son was teething until he bit us either! Our pediatrician says the rubber nipples of bottles and pacifiers can affect the way teeth grow in and may affect their oral health for life. I don't say that to scare, that's just what our pediatrician told us. Besides, if a child bites down on the rubber nipple, they risk tearing and swallowing it - they can't do that with a hard plastic spout. Does your daughter have any "friends" her age you may be able to expose her to that do use sippy cups? I'd say start there.

Angela - posted on 09/27/2011

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I don't know if anyone wrote this because I don't have time to read all the post sorry. But some children need the suck time of a nipple on a bottle or breast.

Also if you want just forgo a sippy and go to a small cup. My Claire hates sippy cups always did. So we went to a cup but it was just for fun to learn. I used thick liquids that did not spill easy like yogurt. Also the person who suggest a straw is right lots of kids like the straw vs. sippy cup. Don't worry you child will be fine it is not madatory for them to be weened off a nipple straight away not to matter what anyone says. In some culture children drink from a breast until age 2 and then never have milk again. Maybe we rush things too much for young children. Just my opinion

Edit to add most kids need breast or formula for at least a year.... so to me it is mother nature to want a nipple for at least a year then ween.

Callie - posted on 09/26/2011

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I introduced a sippy at 6 months when we started solids but she didn't like them. So I started letting her drink out of a regular childrens cup. Of course I held it for her at the beginning but she was holding her own cup by 1 yr. She still prefers a 'big girl' cup over a sippy. But she has learned to use a straw cup that we take when we're running errands. So I would suggest helping her drink out of a regular cup.

Hannah - posted on 09/25/2011

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Ok I would like to address a previous comment. Your baby is not going to chew off the bottle and choke. Babies get teeth as early as 3 months old and no one is pushing sippy cups on them. 2nd of all a baby learns the habit of sucking while inside your womb. It is comforting for them. Weaning them gently at their own pace is the main objective. Yes there are guidelines pediatricians set, but that's it-just guidelines not Deadlines! My son started drinking out of a sippy cup at 6 months, but my daughter who is 9 months just likes to play with her sippy cup. Every child is different. Just keep the formula in bottles and keep the juice and water in the sippy. When she realizes she can only get the good stuff in the sippy...she'll drop the bottle like a bad habit;)

Gloria - posted on 09/24/2011

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What I do is give my daughter a bottle for a little bit then switch to a sippy mid meal with the samething in it. She then realized that she would get the same thing out of it. If that doesnt work just give her the option also try a regular cup with a straw in it. She might like that better. Good luck.

Cstephenson - posted on 09/24/2011

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My 9 month old (almost 10 month old) isn't real interested in a sippy cup either. She can drink out of it; I've seen her. But she prefers not to. She likes to play w/it. I just keep offering it to her. My pediatrician is way more concerned about her being bottle free by 1 year than I am. I don't give it to her to go to sleep with... I know every child is different. What I've found is patience (which can be a struggle at times, I'll admit), is most important.

Diana - posted on 09/24/2011

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I've seen some cups that come with a soft bottle like spout and a normal one. That might give you a middle point if you want to get rid of the bottle. On the other hand, she only just got used to a bottle, right? Maybe it's too soon for her. Mine went from breast to breast and bottle, to a combination of the three. One went straight from breast to cup, as anything else I tried was thrown across the room followed by a massive fit of temper. She is now a very intelligent, happy 21 year old. :)

Michele - posted on 09/23/2011

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My kids refused the bottle at 6 months so it was me or a sippee cup. One wasn't so fond of the cup, he was the same one to teach himself to drink out of a regular cup at 2. It really doesn't matter. Remember this; most likely your child is going to go to kindergarden, walking, talking, going to use the toilet, and...drinking out of a cup. How long it talks them to get there really doesn't matter. Enjoy babyhood. She's got a lifetime to drink from a cup. Good luck.

Julie - posted on 09/23/2011

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It took about a month for my kids to transition to sippee cups. My first one never liked bottles and the second one liked slow flow bottles and took a little while to get used to high flow sippees. There are some out there that are medium in between flow. See if she can suck a straw. You might just try one with a straw and skip the sippee.

Amanda - posted on 09/23/2011

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Just keep offering it to her. Try putting her favorite juice in it. She will eventually take it some kids just take their own time.

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2011

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i didn't use one on my children until they were 11 to 12 monthes old. then it was no trouble. i fell some parents try to make their children grow up way to quickly. not all chilfren develope at the same speed. what is right for one might not be right for yours. but just give her some time and she will be ready for it.

Heather - posted on 09/22/2011

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Ditch the bottles. She'll kick and scream if she's like every other weaning baby but when she isn't destroying bottle nipples or worse, end up suffocating on a bitten off piece of the nipple, you will be glad you put up with the noise. Ten months old or whenever a tooth pops up is the proper time to make the sippy cup transition. I weaned my son twice due to my parents giving in and it STILL only took a total of two months to get him on it two times. Throw out all the bottles, take it to the dumpster so there's no moments of weakness where you go take it out of the trash. Do not buy more, do not give in, give her the sippy cup like you would any other time she'd have the bottle. Don't make it a big deal and praise her when she checks it out. Medically it's proven a baby will not willingly starve when given food and milk. My son's pediatrician had to tell me this a million times since I was afraid he would starve but nope. One week of pure he!! and he was fine and dandy with having a sippy cup. Now he won't give it up and it's been four months since that transition was made. If she doesn't take to the cup, try the straw ones those are awesome. Just don't do silicone because it's a choking hazard for babies, ESPECIALLY at that age when teething becomes a staple for chewing on things. Get the take and toss brand of sippy cups since even after all the chewing they don't leak (at least for me and my son is an avid chewer when he thinks I'm not looking). Not letting them chew on the spout and putting it out of reach when they are playing with it helps. I do sippy cup after the food is done so she won't be as fussy from being hungry. I've heard of some people going through the weaning to sippy cup stage for months so it depends on your baby as to how long it'll be. She might not even care and just take the cup like nothing happened. Just remember it WILL get worse if you give in, you aren't forcing her to grow up too soon, you are being a MOM. It's your job to help her grow. :)

Meaghan Van - posted on 09/22/2011

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Totally normal...dont stress out about it, she will do it in her own time... my son is almost two and still has a bottle at night, but drinks mainly out of regular cups during the day. he prefers them to sippy cups... could be the same with your wee one...but she is still really little yet... dont worry... all will come right eventually :o)

Melissa - posted on 09/22/2011

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Mine is 11 months and refuses it as well. My first son also hated it so I would just keep offering it, but don't stress about it. We actually found that my first son liked drinking from a straw better.

Katrina - posted on 09/22/2011

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My first child had a really good one. It was a step-by-step 3-in-one. Had a bottle, then you changed the lid to a sippee cup (with or without handles - your choice if you wanted to use it) then you could take it all off and it's a cup. Think they're around $20 these days. Not too bad if you have a child who prefers to stick to what she knows, rather than try something new. Sometimes, kids just choose not to have it. They know if they push enough, you'll give them what they'd prefer. I reckon, just keep perserveering. Don't stress if she won't take it. Eventually she'll get thirsty LOL. My son used to love homemade iceblocks - made of just water. He preferred it to a drink of water on really hot days - this way I don't give him too much sugar and additives. Children are very clever, and learn very early on how to manipulate and get what they want. Each will do things in their own time. I think the guidelines are now that bottles are ok untill they're 12 months, so don't dispair. Even if you try to let her play with it, sometimes that can get them curious. I hope you're able to get that cheeky girl drinking from her sippee cup soon. xxx

Tamara - posted on 09/21/2011

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Maybe start the ones with the straw for some those are easier to learn. my youngest two learned those first they didnt go to a regular sippy cup till almost a year.

Kelina - posted on 09/21/2011

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just keep offering. Have you got a sippy cup that's easy to drink out of? if it's difficult to get water out of she might not want to work that hard. alternatively if it spouts water too easy she might choke on it and decide she doesn't want to do it for that reason. Is she on a bottle for any other reason like formula? or is she breastfed? if the bottle has been her only source, main source or even supplemental source for quite some time, she might just be being stubborn because that's what she's used to. Both my kids were more than proficient with a sippy by 9 months so it's doable, but it's not mandatory. She'll do it in her own sweet time. Also make sure the sippy has handles. It's more difficult to pick up without handles and that can deter them.

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