Suggestions please!

Sarah - posted on 09/22/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My 12 month old is still taking a bottle & I have been trying to transition him to a sippy cup for a few weeks now. I have tried FIVE different types of sippy cups, plus a regular cup & he will NOT drink out of them. How in the world do I get him to start drinking out of a sippy cup? What types of sippy cups have worked for your little ones?

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Krista - posted on 09/22/2010

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Just keep trying. What I did first was offer water out of a sippy cup (I used the Playtex one with the handles), and still offered milk from bottles. Then I slowly replaced each bottle with a sippy cup, leaving the bedtime bottle for last. We're still struggling a little with that one -- he won't sit on my lap and drink from it all at once like he did with a bottle, so I have to put it in bed with him, and he drinks from it at his leisure before he falls asleep. Not great for his teeth, but hopefully once he's more used to the cup, I can give it to him earlier -- before he gets his teeth brushed.

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Lise - posted on 09/24/2010

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My lo and I shared a sippy cup when she hit 6 months. :) I'd put water in her cup and I'd drink out it at dinner - she thinks it's SO funny when I drink out of it!

Kellie - posted on 09/24/2010

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My daughter was 2 years old before we purposely forgot the bottle on our trip to Florida. That night, we told her that she forgot her bottle on the airplane. It was not an easy night but the second night, she forgot all about it! Good luck and don't rush it.

Bonnie - posted on 09/24/2010

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When I was switching my kids over to a sippy cup, I only put water in the bottle and would give them their milk or juice in the sippy cup. This has worked great for all three of my kids and my sisters kids too. The sippy cup that has a silicone top(walmart generic) worked the best for us also because it felt more like the bottle during transition time. Once my kids switched from the bottle to the sippy I then switched them to the hard plastic lids (platex).

Becca - posted on 09/24/2010

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I put hole in my son's bottle and told him "look all broken ,now you have to be big boy .

Elizabeth - posted on 09/24/2010

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look up Tommee Tippee their starter sippee cups have a top kinda like a bottle and they have stages of sippee cups you can find them at Babies R Us or on their website. My daughter is almost 7 months and i have introduced her to a sippee cup she doesnt suck on it but she plays with it and chews on it and from what I have read they need to get use to it in their daily life before they start to use it.

Marie - posted on 09/24/2010

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Don't push him, he'll make the transition in his own time, then you wont be able to stop him! Just leave a sippy cup for him where he can get to it and guaranteed he'll pick it up when nobody is looking!

Kristin - posted on 09/23/2010

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i have used the playtex cups during the day and bottle at night my son 1st didnt like it but i refused to give him bottle during day do if he was thirsty he knew he had to take the cup. he was completely off the bottle by time he was 1 1/2

Sammie - posted on 09/23/2010

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ah okais, because i baught a silicone one for my little girl whos 10months, and she really dosnt like it, i thaught she would seen as though its the same feel as her bottle, but i thaught the reason to get them of the bottle was because its bad for there teeth? so the reason for the silicone teat confused, but i baught a different one with a plastic top and she seems to like this one more, although she still prefers her normal bottle.

Michelle - posted on 09/23/2010

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silicone sippy insert is a different shape which lets your kids get used to sucking as most are no spill and for some it is the shape or the feel of the hard sippies that kids don't take to.

Sammie - posted on 09/23/2010

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Whats the difference between a normal bottle, and a 'sippy cup' with a silicone teat?

Louise - posted on 09/23/2010

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I think you are doing the right thing by not rushing him onto a sippy cup. My daughter is 22 months and uses a sippy cup for water and juice but refuses point blank to drink milk out of it. The only way she will drink milk is in a bottle and I have just had to concede defeat. She only has one bottle of milk a day at breakfast and she drinks it all. If I put this in a cup she would scream the place down and refuse to drink at all. So after months of a stressful breakfast time I just let her have that one bottle. As I said she drinks all other drinks from a sippy cup perfectly fine. I am going to wait for her to stop the bottle herself as she will in time. I did have success with a Nuby cup which is a soft spout to get her to drink her water. Then we progressed onto the hard spouts and natural pourers. They are pretty new to the market but pretty good. Hope this helps!

Michelle - posted on 09/22/2010

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I would go with a nuby transition sippy they are shaped like a bottle and have a silicone nipple that is shaped like a sippy lid this lets your little one get used to the sippy first before you switch to a real cup.

Kate CP - posted on 09/22/2010

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My daughter used a regular cup with a straw for a while. She loved it because she saw Mommy and Daddy drinking like that and she felt like a big girl. Obviously this is only for supervised use; but once she gets really comfortable with it you can start giving her sippy cups.

Alison - posted on 09/22/2010

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Pick a sippy and toss the bottle. Make sure he is getting enough liquids and calcium from other sources as his drinking may diminish for awhile. He'll be angry, but he will get the hang of it soon enough.

Megan - posted on 09/22/2010

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we skipped the sippy cup altogether. We just offered him a normal plastic cup a few times and once he got it, we tossed the bottle and never looked back. But he was a lazy sucker and it was easier to pour than it is to suck, I think thats what sold him.

Sarah - posted on 09/22/2010

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Thanks for your suggestions! I've decided not to rush things & just keep offering the sippy cup during meals & snacks. I'm still going to give him his bottle though so he can still get the calories from the whole milk twice a day. :)

Tamela - posted on 09/22/2010

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I didn't have a problem getting my son to take a sippy cup, but switching him from breast to bottle was horrible. I basically just had to not nurse him for about one day, and offer him the bottle when he was hungry. He didn't eat for about 12 hours, and then decided that the bottle was fine. :) If you are persistent in getting him to drink from a bottle, strap on your boots and refuse to give him the bottle. When he is thirsty (or hungry) enough, he WILL take it. I have a strong-willed child, and this DOES work. He will take it.

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i don't think it's the sippy cup, so much as he is not used to it. i started my son on a sippy cup at 7 months and it was about 1 or so months before he got ok with it. Also, try offering juice or water in the cup. and still give the bottle. most babies are ok on the bottle until they are 2, so just get him used to the sippy cup and drinking out of it well and then start taking away the bottle

Katherine - posted on 09/22/2010

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It's not the sippy cup, it's really just getting him used to a sippy cup. Just kepp trying. When my daughter was 12mo she did the same thing.

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