K.C. asks from Saint Charles, MO on July 22, 2011
Bottle to Sippy - Saint Charles,MO
Hello Everyone : ) Hope u all are having a great day!! My son is almost 10 months old and knows how to drink out of a sippy sometimes he will take it with meals but if he is tired its just a no go : ( And even with meals he will only take it every once in a while and he is going to be 1 on Sept. 29th and I want him off his bottle b/c he has a pacifier too so I don't think he should need a bottle....Anyways what r some suggestions u have for getting him to not only take his sippy but enjoy it? Should I go slow with him and start at meal times and only give him a bottle in the morning and at night? I have no idea he is my first so any help is much needed!! Thanks!!
S.L. answers from Philadelphia on July 22, 2011
My son was similar and I think it was because he didn't like to do all of the work required to get the liquid out. Have you ever tried drinking from a sippy cup? You have to suck pretty hard for it to come out. We started him with the take n toss cups that aren't really spill proof at meal time. Once he got the hang of those he drank from the spill proof ones without a problem.
Another thing that worked for us was straw cups. He loved those and took to them much easier than sippy cups, but of course they are not spill proof either.
M.M. answers from Chicago on July 22, 2011
I go cold turkey with my kids.
Just did it with my 11mos old last week - no problems. I originally transition to sippys with long silicone spouts (not the hard ones) so that it's not a HUGE jump for them. Nuby makes some great cups for that.
I did the same thing with my son, 3, and he did fine with it as well at that age.
J.G. answers from Springfield on July 22, 2011
If he can drink from a sippy, I would just get rid of the bottles altogether. If you just got rid of them one evening and gave him a sippy all day, I think he might surprise you and just forget about them altogether.
I was nervous also. I was afraid my son wouldn't drink enough. I found out with both of my kids that the didn't drink as much as I would have liked the first day or so, but they began drinking like champs soon after.
I really think you should just go cold turkey. If you go slow, you might find it actually confuses him and makes him even more attached to his bottle.
S.D. answers from Phoenix on July 22, 2011
I would get rid of the bottles . You may have a hard time getting him weined later if you keep letting him choose. There are other sippy cups that are like bottles........... softer tip. Maybe that will help with the transition. He is still young enough to do it gradually...but heard after they are 1 years old, taking a bottle away or weining can become more difficult.