A.W. asks from Garnerville, NY on March 29, 2008
20 Month Old Daughter Will Not Take Milk from a Cup
My little girl will not drink milk from a cup. We have tried all types of sippy cups with all kinds of characters on them, but she refuses. SHe will drink juice or water from a cup, but n ot milk. We took her pacifier away months ago, hoping that would help, but it didn't. Her doctor was worried about her weight at her 1 yr check up, so she told us not to force they switch from bottle to cup until she put some weight on. She is still small, but not underweight or unhealthy. She chews on the bottle so much that she shreds the nipple. Any suggestions as to how to make the switch would be greatly appreciated.
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone for all your advice! Two weeks ago, we went cold turkey and threw out the bottles. I put a little Nestle's Quik in her milk and she went for it, after a bit of trouble. Once she tasted it, she was ok. SHe has definately cut back on her milk intake, but she is adjusting well. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!!
D.B. answers from New York on March 31, 2008
the only 2 things that come to mind for me with my son,, was a sippy cup made by Nuby, the top is so similar to a bottle in how it feels, that it sorta weaned him to cups for milk as well, and I would warm the milk,always commenting on the warm milk..,,then after he was handling that well, I changed cups but still warmed it and when i gave it to him, i didn't focus on the cup, I would ask if he wants some 'warm milk' so thats what he was thinking about...
The nipple is pretty chewable too..good luck,,hope it helps... if all else fails, as long as she is getting her "dairy" in, it doesn't actually matter so much if she drinks milk.
L.M. answers from Syracuse on March 31, 2008
Have you tried the NUBY brand sippy cups? They have a silicone nipple part, so it is a little like the bottle feeling wise, but is still a cup. That was how we got my son on to sippy cups. Good luck!
M.S. answers from New York on March 31, 2008
You can try telling her that you're going to give the bottles to Santa's baby reindeer so that they can be big and strong for the Christmas trip. Tell her that she would be a big help to Santa. If you get her to agree, pack a box together, put the bottle in it and address it to santa. You can substitute anything for Santa and reindeer, Easter Bunny babies, or babies in far away places that need bottles, etc. You have to get her to willingly give up her bottles.
S.R. answers from New York on March 30, 2008
A bit direct, but it works!
So if I understand correctly, she still drinks her milk from the bottle...and you want to get rid of her bottle?
If you don't care about the bottle, life can go on as is. If you are tired of the bottle and want to make the conversion, simply end the bottle and explain she is a big girl now. THROW THEM OUT, so you cannot give in. If she gets her calcium requirement from other sources besides milk, i wouldn't worry about her drinking from the cup. If her main source of calcium is milk, then only provide milk in a cup to drink. Her physiological need (thirst) will win over her stubborness. It will only take 24 hours and you will have conquered this battle. Also, i would cut juice out completely from her diet. The sugar will do nothing for her...and will not help with the weight issue. Drizzle a bit of extra-virgin olive oil on her food. Find the least tasting one, and only add a little to her food...it'll help her immune system and give her great source of fats...hope this helps!
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G.P. answers from Utica on March 29, 2008
I might try a regular cup - I have a niece who never wanted a sippy cup. It makes it a little harder since they will have spills, just keep them off the carpet, haha.
My daughter never wanted milk out of a sippy either - only the regular cup. Good Luck!
M.L. answers from Albany on March 30, 2008
I had the same problem with my daughter when she was a little over a year and we were switching her from the bottle...she is also very small (in the 5th percentile for weight), so we were concerned about her weight gain. We gave her a Nuby cup, and a Nuby straw cup - the straw cup worked at first and now she uses the regular Nuby cup. We also help her drink it out of a regular "adult" cup (paper cups actually work very well since they are not heavy and can be more flexible), which is messy sometimes but if you have the time to dedicate to it, it's worth it. It was especially hard because she saw other kids at daycare still with their bottles, but she eventually realized that the only way she was going to get anything was out of the cup. I know people recommend warming up the milk or flavoring it, as well...this didn't work at all for us (which was probably best in the long run because I don't want to be warming her milk up forever!). My dr. also had us stop giving her any liquid except for milk until she put on some weight - no water (she never drank juice). I hope this helps!
S.H. answers from New York on March 30, 2008
My little girl at 20 months did not take the milk from a cup either.She just turned 27 months,now she does.You can also buy the cups with the straws.On Easter my husband & I
told her the Easter Bunny is coimg to take your baba to give it to a baby that needs it.In return he is going to leave you big girl cups!The transition went very well.She is eating more & also talking more.Good Luck to you!
D.L. answers from New York on March 31, 2008
I know exactly where you are coming from... My son is now about 20 months and he just gave up the bottle a few weeks ago. He always drank water from a sippy cup, but totally refused to drink milk from anything but the bottle. For months I would offer it to him in a cup at least once a day. He would take a sip and throw it on the floor.
I selected a day when he was 19 months and made a committment to helping him give up the bottle. I used sippy cups with straws (Nuby) and made a big deal out of the 'big boy cup.' I gave him milk in the cup three times a day, and did give him one bottle before bed. For three days, he drank no milk during the day from the cups. He would cry for the bottle and I would tell him that the milk is in the cup now. It was hard.
Gradually, he would take more and more sips of milk from his cup. After about four days,he was drinking the whole thing. After one week, I started giving him a cup at night too - no more bottle at all. Now he is completely off the bottle.
So, for a few days his milk intake was limited, but he eventually accepted that the only way he was to get milk was from the cup. During the transition, I gave him lots of yogurt and cheese.
Good luck! I never thought my son would drink milk from a cup either. It just takes a few days and consistency.
L.D. answers from New York on March 30, 2008
IT sounds like you've gotten some sound advice already. I have two boys who are now 4 and 2. My oldest was attached to his bottle and took a morning bottle with milk until he was 25 months old. I had tried giving mild in every kind of sippy cup under the sun, including a variety of nuby cups. After I came home from the hospital I just took the bottle away and never gave it back. I don't know what happened during the few days I was in the hospital, but he started drinking milk out of the Playtex cups with a straw. On the other hand, my now 2 year old didn't really crave the bottle so I took it away (he wasn't really finishing his morning milk bottle anyway) around 17 months. Unfortunately though, I still can't get him to drink milk. Again, I've tried every cup and every flavor under the sun!!! My pediatrician said that as long as he is getting 500 mg of calcium (at 18 months it was 400 mg) he is fine. If you look at the percentage on say a yogurt, the doctor told me for his age to just convert the percentage to mg (5 % = 50 mg, 10% = 100 mg, 20 % = 200 mg, 25% = 250 mg, etc.) As long as your daughter is getting her calcium requirement I wouldn't worry about forcing her to drink milk. Also, there is something on the market called a chewy tube (it's T shaped) that my little guy really likes to chew on. Or like others have said, give her other chewy devices to ease her chewing needs. Good luck.
A.M. answers from New York on March 30, 2008
dont know if this would work since she already takes water in a cup. we got her a special cup, the nuby sport bottle one, very similar to a bottle. if i had tried a hard spout to start, she wouldnt have drank enough. when she asked for a baba, we said she could have a baba of water or a cuppy of milk and let her pick. she would cry for 20 seconds and then take one. in about a week, she was asking for a cuppy or milk. just make sure when you start a transition, do not back down. she WILL take the cup of milk when she realizes she gets nothing else(just make sure not to allow her to have cups of juice to fill her up instead of the milk esp with her weight).
we then took away the bottle and told her she could have the nuby cup of water or a sippy cup of milk. the bottle was gone forever. just so you know though, we didnt start this until she was 2, four months really doesnt make a difference. she might have better understand at 2 and be more interested in princess cups. good luck.
N.B. answers from New York on March 30, 2008
If she's still using the bottle then that has to stopped. Also if she's getting her milk intake from other sources besides the cup then let it go! To me it sounds like she still associates the milk with the bottle as to why she won't drink it in a cup. That's ok.
As long as she drinks milk from other sources like cereal, porridge or anything else then that's fine. Also have you tried using other things like chocolate syrup/milk to add to her cup of milk. Sometimes you have to disguise things in order for kids to eat or drink it. Plus what kid doesn't like chocolate/strawberry milk?
If you're concerned about her dairy intake there are other was for her to get that such as, cheese or yogurt. It doesn't have to be milk alone.
Let me know how things turn out.