Sippy Cup

Michelle - posted on 01/19/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My son is 14 months old now. He still insists on having 2 bottles a day. He has an 8 oz bottle first thing when he wakes up (and then goes back to sleep for another hour or so), and one 8 oz bottle right before bedtime (another ritual, of me holding/cuddling him on the couch while he drinks his milk). He'll drink out of a sippy during the day, but only juice and water. He refuses milk in the sippy no matter when I give it to him. Once in a while he'll take a few sips with a meal IF i warm it first. Yah, he still insists on those 2 bottles of milk being warmed. How can I transition him to a cup but ensure he's getting his requirement for the day for his age - which is 16 ounces per day... He gets dairy from yogurt & cheese too, but still needs to drink the milk - Should I keep the same rituals and just try to do it in a sippy? Your help is greatly appreciated :-)

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Gabrielle - posted on 01/21/2009

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We told our daughter she broke all her bottles by chewing on the nipples. Then we got her a straw sippy with Dora on it, and a few other, plain, Playtex straw sippies. It took a little convincing, but after a couple days, she stopped asking for bottles and just asked for milk. I still warm the milk, just like I did with a bottle, still sit with her when she wants me to, etc. We sometimes give her juice or water in those same cups, but we also have some regular sippy cups to use at meals. She will sometimes request a specific cup or color - whatever she wants to help her drink!

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2009

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I'm going to try this Sat. morning. I work full-time so I figured it will be easier to start the transition on a weekend. I'm going to go buy some new sippy cups today in preparation! Thanks for the great advice - I'll let you know how it turns out :-)

Kelly - posted on 01/19/2009

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Quoting Michelle:

Now see, if I did that - he would scream and cry because he wants me to hold him.... I don't know if I can take that! Maybe I'll start with the morning bottle and give it to him in his crib with the sippy cup... it might be a little easier than the evening one....



Oh... true. My baby doesn't like to be held while he's drinking, so that definitely gave us an advantage. But like the post from Andrea, we also went through 4 different kinds of sippy cups. We thought about getting the ones that are just like bottles, but slightly harder because it worked for my friend's baby. But in the end, he likes those "Take n Toss" ones. SImple hard plastic because he likes to chew on the plastic as well. Good luck!

Andrea - posted on 01/19/2009

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I had a similar situation with my daughter who is 16 months old now. My pediatrician recommended trying a completely different sippy cup than the ones I used for juice and water. Like buy new ones, different brand and everything. Something that you have never used before. I have found that the gerber transitions were wonderful for this. I simply handed her the new sippy cup in the morning and evening and left the room. When I returned the milk was gone, but it took using a completely different cup. Worth a shot...worked for me! Best of luck!!

Michelle - posted on 01/19/2009

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Now see, if I did that - he would scream and cry because he wants me to hold him.... I don't know if I can take that! Maybe I'll start with the morning bottle and give it to him in his crib with the sippy cup... it might be a little easier than the evening one....

Kelly - posted on 01/19/2009

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I had the same thing.. he would drink from a sippy cup during the day, but never for his morning and evening milk. I tried several nights to go to a sippy cup, but he would flat out refuse. The third night, I showed him the sippy cup of milk. I didn't lay him down and give it to him like it was a bottle. I put it in the corner of his crib, and just left him in his crib. I came in an hour later, the sippy cup was drained and the baby was asleep! I don't know how that worked, but it did. That night, I got rid of all the bottles so he wouldn't even see them. He has drank from a sippy cup for everything since 11 months old. Good luck!

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