how do i get my kids to stop drinking out of a sippy cup

Kim - posted on 01/06/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my son will be 5 in may and my daughter will be 3 next month i really need help tying to get them off the sippy cup

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Sabra - posted on 01/06/2011

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is it an attachment thing or do they not know how to drink from a cup yet? If they don't know how to drink from a cup yet then start with about a half cup of water and expect them to get wet. My daughter is 15 months old and drinking from a normal cup so the capability is there.
If its an attachment thing then I suggest going cold turkey get rid of the sippy cups all together and only thet them drink from a big kid cup (you could try and get one with a favourite character or fun design to try and encourage them) They will eventually get thirsty and drink from the normal cup.

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Holly - posted on 01/07/2011

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when i took my son off the bottel i would only put water in it and juice, milk and what not in his sippy and he finally caught on that the good stuff in in his cup. Even though your trying to transfer from sippy to cup the same concept is there, good luck!

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2011

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I would just do the same as you do a bottle....throw them away. Sippy cups sometimes become the new bottles. Have drinks at the table and that helps with mess. The 5 yr old should know how to drink from a regular cup. The 3 yr old may need some practice. Just start by filling the glass only 1/2 to 1/4 full until he/she gets the hang of it. Big thing is though if the sippies are not there to be used then they won't be used.

Christy - posted on 01/06/2011

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I am not too worried about the sippy cups here, otherwise my kids would mess up the entire house without them, LOL! Mine are 2 1/2 and 3 1/2.

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I bought my son cups with built in straws. He also has several crazy straws that he uses with larger cups.

Amy - posted on 01/06/2011

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Well, we started at supper with a small, slightly heavier cup with a handle. Like a mug. We didn't put much liquid in case of spills. If they left and wanted more to drink we had them stand right by the table, drink, and put it back. I hate washing sippy cups so my son is 21 months old and is drinking from cups at meals. If they just "want one", let them know they are all dirty or if they're disposable, slowly toss them here and there.

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