Sippy Cup to a real cup?

Shauna - posted on 01/16/2012 ( 13 moms have responded )




Sorry if this has already been posted but all I have found is advice on switching from a bottle to a sippy cup not an actual cup with no lid.

What age did your kids start using a regular, adult cup?


Kate - posted on 01/18/2012




I agree with Chelsea..sippy cups are gross and hard to clean, especially if you don't have a dishwasher! It took me a bit longer to get my daughter off sippy cups..I too, started giving her cups with a small amount of water, which she promptly spilled, usually for the fun of it. Now she is two and uses regular cups most of the time. She also has to leave the cup on the table. We had a setback yesterday, she was having a bad day and purposely spilled her cup so for the rest of the day she had to use her she was back to using her cup, no problem.

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My kids are 4 (almost 5) and 2 (almost 3) and 1. We don't use open cups because of spills but we use a cup from Sassy that is a regular cup with a drop in thing. It teaches them about a regualer cup but doesn't have the mess and don't mess with their teeth. I'll put a link to babiesrus who I know has them. It might be a good way to try to get your child switched. When you don't need the top anymore it can be used as an open cup.

Dashanda - posted on 01/16/2012




My son started like 6 months ago he will be 3 on the 26 of this month.

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Stifler's - posted on 02/19/2012




We gave Logan a normal cup with dinner at 1 and sippy for when he was not in the high chair. He started stealing our drinks that we left down so we just started giving him his own. He didn't get it and spilled it a lot but now at 2 he drinks confidently out of a glass/cup with no lid.

Janice - posted on 01/18/2012




My daughter began taking sips out of our glasses of water around a year old. She is two (26 m) now and for many months now she drinks out of a cup at all meals. However, I she has a sippy cup with her while she plays and when we leave the house. She rarely spills and she is almost potty trained so I think I will start limiting the sippy cup to when we go out very soon.

Start out with a very small amount in a child size cup and then just keep practicing and increasing the amount.

Callie - posted on 01/18/2012




I introduced a regular cup when she started solids at like 7 months. She didn't like sippys. She was holding the cup herself at like 10-11 months. I just let her take her cup into her baby pool and play with it. Also I gave her only water in her cup (she didn't start cows milk until about 16-17 months). Just allow them to practice is the only way they'll learn to use a regular cup. I'd only put a small amount of water in a cup at a time to minimize spills.

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We never used sippy cups. J was drinking from a regular cup from about 10 months (water only). We started by letting him have water in a cup outside or at the table--if it spills, it doesn't stain, and he learns the physics of liquid in a cup. By the time he was 13 or 14 months, I was putting cows milk in the cups, but only at the table. He was not allowed to carry cups around the house--he had access to his cup all day, but it sat on the dining table, and he stood by the table to drink it.

We do use a sport thermos for travel--like a sippy but with a straw instead of a nub--but nothing but water goes into the thermos because I think it would be too difficult to clean the straw part.

Bernadette - posted on 01/18/2012




I think it depends on the situation really. My daughter will be 3 in April, and she still uses a sippy cup for milk a lot of the time. If we are sitting at the table for a meal, she will use a regular cup, or if she's just got water. But she is a big milk drinker and loves to take it around the house with her where she'll put it down on the floor while she's playing and then pick it up again. It gets knocked over, and we have carpet.

Julie - posted on 01/17/2012




i started with a sealed cup with a straw at a year once he was good with the straw we moved to a plain cup with a straw in it. my son was using regular (plastic of course) cups by him self at 18 months. but i had also started him on a sippy at 6 months so. he was kind advanced.

Ripleigh - posted on 01/17/2012




I regret using sippy cups at all! I wish I would have used a regular cup all along! With my daughter I used them until she was 15 months. She's three and we have regular cups and straw cups for friends that come over.

Sharon - posted on 01/16/2012




I started our eldest about 20mths or so on a regular cup. He's 26mths now and can drink out it if really well, with very minor spills if any. But he does spil it quite often if he tries to walk with it, and doesn't understand that it will spill if he tips it over.

We started by giving him a straw in it, then he just naturally progressed on his own to using the cup without a straw.

Chelsey - posted on 01/16/2012




I threw out sippy cups by 18 months for both my girls. I hated them because they would hide them and I'd find them a couple days later leaking spoilt milk...yuck. I started out just giving them small amounts in the cups and helping guide it to their mouths and then let them do it on their own. Made a rule that cups stay at the table because they had been used to walking around with sippy cups. Sure we had a lot of spills but they were both proficient at drinking from a normal cup before they turned 2.

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