Transitioning to a sippy cup

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My son just turned 1 on October 29th...and the doctor said it was time to switch him from bottles to sippy cups...However...I have tried numurous times since he was about 6 months old to get him to use a sippy cup...multiple brands and such....and he just seems to want to chew on them...not drink from them...I have tried everything!!!!! Any other ideas?!!

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my son chewed on his sippy also, we had pretty teeth marks on every sippy we had. But eventually he realized you don't get milk out by chewing, but by sucking on it. I think it just takes a while for some kids to get the whole sucking the liquid out and chewing on it is the first step in figureing it out. He'll get it just give him time... try takeing out the stopper and let him drink it and get the consept then put them back in and let him try again. Plus I also had to loosen the stoppers in the sippys when he was first drinking out of them because some are hard to suck out of. I loosened them by sticking a butter knife through them to make it easier to suck out of.. at least untill he got to be a pro at it

Suzanne - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son also chewed on the sippy for a while. We introduced it to him at 6 months as well. On his first birthday he had his last bottle! We took it away cold turkey and he did fine.We just gave him a sippy when he would normally be getting a bottle and also with meals. He did chew on the sippy a little for a while. In the begining he like the playtex with two handles the best but we switched to a bigger kind when he started to drink more. He will get it, don't worry.Good Luck

Jami - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son didn't like sippy cups at first either. And it also took alot of different kinds. But, he ended up doing very well with the ones with the real soft mouth part...it is almost like a nipple. So one day I just throw all of his bottles away and gave him these. He did very well and never wanted a bottle again. And now he will drink out of any type of sippy cup. I was nervous to just take them but he did very good. Hang in there. Hope it helps.

Karine - posted on 11/10/2008

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My son doesn't like sippy cups either so we give him bottles when he first gets up and his last before bedtime but during the day he drink from a glass. At our daycare, the kids don't have sippy cups they prefer using a glass.

Diana - posted on 11/09/2008

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My daughter did the same thing with the sippy cup. She would chew on it once in a while. We just kept going at it. We kept giving her the cup a little more and more everyday. it got to the point that she would only get a bottle in the morning and in the evening beofre bed. All the other time she took the cup. She eventually learned to use the cup. Now at 15 months old she hasn't had a bottle in over two months. She only takes a cup.

Kathryn - posted on 11/08/2008

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my daughter did the same thing. i started her out on the ones that use the nipples, the tried the ones with the straws... i dont know if youve tried those or not. My daughter did the same thing though... used them as chew toys... but once she got the hang of how to get the juice out of the cup i switched to the hard ones... she still chews on them but at least they dont leak... i also sometimes let her drink from my cup using a straw... she thought this was pretty cool eventually when she wanted take my glass around with her it was time to get her her own cup.

Randi - posted on 11/07/2008

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Do what feels right for you and your son. Every child is different. Just because a book or a doctor tells you it's time for the next step, doesn't mean they're right. Your son will be just fine and progess at his own pace with your encouragement. Enjoy him...the rest will fall into place.

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2008

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I stressed about this until I realized that there wasn't really any hurry. How many 5-year olds do you see with bottles? They will switch over eventually. With my daughter, it was more of a comfort issue with milk. I was able to give her water and juice in a sippy cup, and let her have a bottle for her milk, until I eventually weaned her off the bottle completely. I think that was around her 2nd birthday. Even though she drinks milk from a sippy cup now, she still calls it her bottle. I used both a straw cup and the Avent magic cup. Now she likes just about any cup (she's 29 months). Good luck and don't worry, it'll happen!

Nicole - posted on 11/07/2008

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Just keep giving it to him at every meal. With both of my kids it took a while before they would do anything more than just play or chew on sippys, but they both eventually got it!

Erin - posted on 11/07/2008

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I would just keep trying! My son just started to really take to a sippy in the last 3 weeks or so and he's turned 13 months on Oct.2. The ones that he likes are the Toss and Go Sippy's made by The First Years. The only down side is that they leak like CRAZY. But it's the only ones he likes. Good Luck!! Don't stress too much about it, when he's ready he will take them. Having the bottle for a little while longer won't hurt him. But if you really want to take them away i know alot ppl. that have just taken them away cold turkey.

Ashley - posted on 11/07/2008

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I had to get those kind that are disposable (I got them at walmart - they have the plates and forks and stuff too - they are plastic, but really cheap so easy to replace) - there is no valve or anything - my son didn't like having to really suck on it. This one just kind of pours into his mouth, but not too much.

Those were the only ones he would use.

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2008

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The straw cups are great - do not leak.. learning to use a straw actually helps with speech development and so much easier when you forget your cup. any cup and straw will do at a restaurant for example..

Jennifer - posted on 11/07/2008

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Hi,

Both my kids learned a straw cup.. they say it is better for their oral development, speech etc. I taught my son age 1, my daughter age 9 mo. Get juice box.. cut the straw a tiny bit to make shorter. let your son put mouth on it.. you squeeze the box. so he gets the motion down.. it took my son 2 weeks to learn - it took my daughter 2 days.. be careful - do not leave him unattended with straw.. choking hazzard.. hope it helps..

User - posted on 11/07/2008

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He doesn't go to daycare but if he did I'd let his teacher know (I'm a head start teacher) I really don't see why it would be a problem if you have a well educated provider.

Tracey - posted on 11/07/2008

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What about straws? They make like the sports bottles with the straws. It's the same concept as the bottle...Or take the plugs out of the sippies...a little messier alternative, since there's nothing to stop the flow of juice. But if he goes to chew on it, he'll get the juice, and realize that they're not for chewing on...

User - posted on 11/07/2008

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try just a regular cup with very little milk my son's is 19 months old and drinks from a cup. He never really liked sippy cups. You'd think he'd spill a lot but I just limit drinks to the kitchen and to the table and he does fine hardly ever do we have any spills I think a total of 3 times... hope that helps ;)

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