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Finding a Sippy Cup

I am trying to slowly introduce a sippy cup to my son who is 10 months old. I have breastfed him up until now so he has never even had a bottle. I have tried a few different cups and he has no idea what to do with them. Any suggestions?

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I would try the Lovin Cup,(or Nuby™ 14-Ounce Flip-It Cup with Straw) it has straw and was recommended by the Child Development Team of NJ. They recommend the cup so children to not develop lisps or other speech problems associated with the traditional sippy cup, it also doesn't spill out if tipped over..

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I would try the Lovin Cup,(or Nuby™ 14-Ounce Flip-It Cup with Straw) it has straw and was recommended by the Child Development Team of NJ. They recommend the cup so children to not develop lisps or other speech problems associated with the traditional sippy cup, it also doesn't spill out if tipped over..

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My Little guy is almost 13 months and has also never taken a bottle. I have tried several sippy cups and find the playtex and nuby brands that have straws to be the best for him. He doesn't realize that he needs to tip the cup to get liquid, he just sucks on the spout. With the straw he doesn't need to tip the cup. Good luck!

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My son was also exclusievely breastfed and never had bottles too! Good job to you Momma! Mine is now 13.5 months and still happily nursing! My experience with sippy cups is there is no right one. I tried many different types...some soft, some hard, some fast flow, slow flow, no spill, leaking etc... He never took not one. I just kept them available with water in them for him to play with. He eventually got it...probably around 11-12 months. Its still fairly new to him and he still chokes to death now and again if he drinks too fast! Just let him play with them. Maybe get one that drips a little and put it in his mouth so he sees that stuff comes out of it. That will at least get him interested to experiment with why that is happening. His time will come, there is no rush as long as he's still nursing well! Hope this helps! Good luck!

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Hey K.!! Great to hear there are other mom's who didn't force a bottle on their kids. My older children couldn't understand why our youngest never used a bottle and went right to a cup. Keep trying different ones, we tried and tried MANY cups - finally ended on disposible ones <Wal-mart sells them in like a 4 pk>. She used them for juice and water at first until she was used to it and then I switched her over to whole milk. GREAT EXPERICENCE!! Good Luck.

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Sucking on a cup like this is a learned response. It's not natural and it's different from sucking on a breast. I actually had to remove the antispill insert to get my son to figure out there was stuff in the cup and he was on a bottle. Walmart makes these Nuby brand cups that are suppose to be anti-spill but they do leak and if the baby bites on the sipper the liquid will leak out.

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At Walmart or any store like it, there are NUBY sippies. They have a soft spout just for the transition to sippy cup. It works great, but it is not spill proof. Just becareful of the spills. Then I went to Playtex Insulated No-Spill Sippy Cups. They are fantastic, and really don't spill.

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We spent the last 4 years in Japan so it took me awhile to find one similar to the one I used for my 22 month old little girl. But the two that I have found that are the closest to the ones I used are the "Luv N Care Nubby Two Handle" & possibly the "Gerder graduates sippy cups". I breast feed both of my girls, the oldest is now 8 yrs old. My youngest never took to a bottle no matter how hard I tried. (Except if she was with a sitter and I was now where around. lol) She took to this type of cup right away I guess because the silicone top is soft and was nubbly, and it flow similar to a nipple. They have to suck to get the liquid out. I hope that this is helpful to you. Good luck!

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I've seen suggestions that you put breastmilk in the sippy cup first. I don't know if you're already doing that, but it might help.

And, keep trying. If he doesn't take it the first time (after a few minutes), give it to him the next time, and so on. Eventually he'll take it.

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Try the Nuby brand - the tops are soft & they don't leak. Also try straw cups - they both worked for me.

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hey K.,
just keep doing what you do, my daughter was both breastfed and bottle fed, it took her a while too to drink from a sippy cup, and to switch the milk from the bottle to the cup abaout 2months. so just introduce the cup to him. and she had her "special"cups for her milk and diffrent ones for juice and water. it worked.
good luck

Not sure if you still need help but thought I'd comment. My son didn't want anything to do with sippy cups that had a hard nipple so I introduced the ones with the soft nipple to him. Tried several different kinds and he finally found the Gerber ones the easiest to drink out of. Hope you found one your son likes.

You can use maybe a sippy cup that is not spill proof. That way the water will flow easily instead of having to suck form a spill proof sippy.

not sure if this will work for you but my son wouldn't take the hard sippy cups but avent makes a sippy cup with a very flexible tip. I gave it to him first with breast milk when he was sitting in his highchair so he could play with it. Then he would chew on it and then he drank from it. Like anything it's different for every kid

i tried the avent first. she liked them but they were a little wide for her to hold without the handles, so i switched to the nuby because they were narrow enough for her to manage. her daycare workers loved them and told the other parents to get them, as well. the only thing is the soft spout on the nuby is subject to being chewed and needing replacement. i, too, have heard the straw cups are better, but haven't tried them.

Try Dr. Browns sippy cup. I heard its great. Sorry I can't help further my son is only 3 months right now. Good Luck to you.

I went directly to the cup, no sippy lid. (There weren't any sippy lids then) My sons did just fine. I had to hold it for them at first but very soon they were holding their own cups. They can see that that is how Mom and Dad were drinking. Just don't put too much liquid in the cup to avoid big spills.

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