Sippy Cup

Aubrey - posted on 10/29/2008 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My little monkey is 13 months, and having trouble transitioning from a bottle to a sippy cup. He can hold the sippy cup, but he has trouble with the concept of having to tilt the cup up to get the juice/milk/water out. I'm thinking about trying to use a sippy cup with a straw, but we've already made some progress with the other kind of sippy cup, and I'm hesistant to introduce a whole new kind of cup right now. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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KAREN - posted on 09/06/2009

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Show him how to do it, and then perservere. You are effectively asking your little one you grasp a whole new skill, and it may take time. I agree with Candida, cheer and clap and make a whole big deal of it until he grasps the concept. He will do it! Dont keep changing cups or beakers, it will cost you a FORTUNE, will confuse him and is unnecessary!xx

Octavia - posted on 09/05/2009

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I do not know if you have a walmart near you bu they have sippy cups there that realyl help. They dont have a normal spout, it's more like a rubber straw. But your lilttle one will not have to tip the cup up, but can hold it like normal. I use this for my nine month old and he loved it!

Candida - posted on 09/05/2009

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Try to encourage your child by clapping and cheering when you get a good result. If you need to help hold the bottom of the cup to show how to tip it in small amounts. My son started open cup training at 9 months and was off the bottle by 12 months because of his cleft so be patient and it'll come.

Jessica - posted on 09/03/2009

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I'm having the EXACT same problem. My little one will be 13 months on the 6th of September and he's just not getting the concept of tipping his head back to drink out of a sippy cup. He's used to laying down on his back with his bottle and so the concept of sitting up and tipping his head back is foreign to him. I've tried many sippy cups and all seem to have their own problems (this one in particular - http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/nuby-eas...). I'm tired of buying cups only to find that they don't work well.

Could any of you experienced mom's post links of your favorite sippy cups? There are just so many out there that it would be nice to have a picture to go with the name. Thanks!

Stephanie - posted on 11/09/2008

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I had a hard time with my daughter. I new that she new how to use a sippy but she was just standing her ground. One day me and my husband took away one bottle and gave her a sippy instead. She cried for about a half hour or so and then took the sippy. She never had a sippy after this. She had a hard time tilting so we just laid her down on the ground. In a few weeks she was tilting the cup on her own.

Kelly - posted on 11/09/2008

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We had a tough time getting our daughter to transition. I started at 1 and she fought me constantly. The ones that finally worked for us were the gerber training cups. The are curved up at the end so when they hold it straight, the liquid comes to the top and they don't have to try to tilt it as much. I took a day and decided she was going to get off teh bottle!! Her first cup of the day, i made sure there was a bit of milk on the tip so she could taste it without sucking. that made her try some more. After a bit of a fight, she drank it. Same thing with the second cup of the day. By the third, she was all for it and hasn't looked back!

Jill - posted on 11/06/2008

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Have you ever tried the Advent Bottles? They have a sippy type spout that you can use to transition. I know some might think it was way too early, but I took the bottle from my daughter at 9 months and then changed out to the sippy of the Advent Bottle and then looked for different ones with colors that she liked as she got older. When she turned 20 months I took the sippy away and used those one with the straws and a regular cup. As for the tilting thing, you will have to keep reminding him for alittle then he will just remember.

Aubrey - posted on 11/05/2008

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Thank you so much for all of the replies! I've taken some suggestions and he's starting to do better! And he's super-precious attempting to tilt his head back!

Heather - posted on 11/05/2008

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The Nubys are great until teeth start coming in. My two sons were on those until they started biting the middles out of the center of the tops. My oldest one who is now 3 (in dec) was the hardest to get on a sippy so far and I finally just had to give him one for a day and not anything else for about 4 hours and when he got thirsty enough he finally picked up the sippy and figured it out. It took about two days for him to get the sippy down and about every 4 hours i would give him water to drink from a bottle and then he had to use the sippy if he wanted more.

Ginger - posted on 11/05/2008

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As Jennifer said - I'd be careful with syrup --- very habit forming.



In terms of at night --- I don't let my kids go to bed with a sippy cup. If it has anything other than water in it --- it is a dental nightmare.



After my little one figured out the Nuby, I'd start substituting new kinds (we had several from my older child) - and he took to them all. I just prefer the Nuby's and the Take N'Toss brands.

Aimee - posted on 11/04/2008

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The nuby's are great! I think the straw cup would be harder for him to use because it's a different sucking function. A soft tipped sippy cup will definitely be the easiest transition!

Aimee - posted on 11/04/2008

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Just keep going with the sippy cup. He would have had to tip up or tilt his bottle to get the liquid out also, so, if he's not taking to it, he's just rebelling to the change. He'll move on if you just don't give him a bottle anymore. Just put them away or get rid of them. Before you know it, he'll forget about them...out of sight, out of mind. Don't worry...he won't be using a bottle in High School!

Stacy - posted on 11/04/2008

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I pretended to drink from one everytime I gave it to mine. She copied me and voila! She's been on a sippy since she was 9 months old. True Story

Natalie - posted on 10/29/2008

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just keep trying don't get frustrated every kid goes at thee own pace! i actually tried giving mine a normal cup and i think seeing it and tipping it at the same time helped and i also used sippy cups at the same time and that way he got the idea. good luick

Kerry - posted on 10/29/2008

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My daughter had the same issue of not tipping it up to get the water or milk out...she would drink as much as she could get while hoding it straight out in front of her.. then one day we noticed whe was tipping her head way back to get the last drop. She is 13 months and just started tipping it up about two weeks ago. I think it is just a learned reaction...like crawling or walking, they get it in their own time. FYI my daughter uses all different types of sippy`s, a few stainless steal ones, a few playtex and a few with straws.

Aoife - posted on 10/29/2008

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Just give it to him. Get a good brand. One that does not leak or spill. Get a few! Different ones with different spouts on them. Fill some with water and leave them around in places where he can find them. He'll figure them out. Try sipping from a cup so he can see you do it. It's going to take a while. But, there's no rush. He'll get it.

Jennifer - posted on 10/29/2008

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The nuby's are good. That is what we are working with now, but remember, because they are similar to the sucking action of a nipple, they arent too much different from bottle. I have a 5 year old nephew that went to the nuby cup at exactly 1 year. off the bottle GREAT, but now at 5 he still has a soft top cup for bed. So my thing is "is he really off the bottle when he goes to bed with that now?"



As for the syrup, unless you are sure you want him to not get used to plain milk, be carefull with that as well. My three year old nephew would only drink it with syrup and once she took the syrup away, he quit drinking milk all together.



Not trying to tell anyone what to do, just some tips to keep in mind when trying to convert!



Good luck and let me know what works as we will be facing this soon!

Ginger - posted on 10/29/2008

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Nuby cups are definitely the best - they make a variety of shapes and sizes, but the top is very similar to a bottle and EASY to sip out of. Not sure if you've ever tried to sip out of one of the "Take and Toss" type cups, but they are very hard to get much out of them. Warning that the larger Nuby's and the smaller Nuby's seem to have the same size top - but they don't actually all work well together.

Danielle - posted on 10/29/2008

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I have a monkey too!!! A friend of mine had the same problem. She tried a variety of sippy cups and found that the Nuby sippy cup helped in the transition because it resembled more of the bottle's sucking action. She also put chocolate syrup and strawberry syrup (not at the same time) in her son's milk in the sippy cup and he couldn't learn how to use it quick enough!

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