S.J. asks from Haslet, TX on August 26, 2008
Sippy Cup - Haslet, TX
I am trying to wein my 8 month old baby girl and am trying to get her to drink from a sippy cup. She has been exclusively breastfed, so she really doesn't like the sippy cup. I've tried apple and white grape juice, water and breast milk and she won't try it all. We've been trying for almost a month now. I am afraid to keep trying to wein her if she isn't going to drink anything else. Any suggestions.
C.T. answers from Dallas on September 01, 2008
I wouldn't push too hard as she is pretty young but w/ my daughter i had to take out the piece that slows the flow and provide her w/ little sips so she could understand there was juice in it! I couldn't get her at first to suck on it to realize there was a point to me putting it to her mouth. And I had to do that for a few weeks provide her a few controlled sips a day and then she got it. Now she can drink out of it w/ the piece in. Time and repetition.
D.P. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2008
My personal opinion is that she may be too young at this point to try putting her on a sippy cup. My twins and my friends kids all started sippy cups at 11 - 12 months. Just a few months makes a big difference in their skills. I would just try again later. You may also want to try the nuby sippy cups too.
Hope this helps,
S.W. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2008
My daughter was hard to get onto a sippy cup until a friend suggested the Nuk brand. It has a large soft nipple and she took to it immediately at about 7 months. A lot of kids like Nubby, but my daughter wouldn't take it. They have Nuk at Wal-Mart, but I've never found it anywhere else. Good luck.
K.F. answers from Dallas on August 26, 2008
My kids were also exclusively breastfed and while they would not go anywhere near a bottle, I don't remember having problems with them drinking out of a cup. They wanted to be grown-up I think. Maybe keep the cup in the fridge, and allow her to "get" it for herself, you open the door and she can take it out of the door or the bottom shelf. The only other thing I can think of is to make a big fuss and call her a big girl if she even picks up the cup. Don't worry about her drinking, just praise and encourage her to pick up the cup. I think drinking will come soon enough if she gets to the point that she wants to hold it.
You know, a lot of things with kids they just do in their own time. Keep encouraging and at some point she will figure out that she can drink from the sippy cup faster than nursing. Busy little bodies don't want to stop for things like drinking. Her natural preferences will probably take over and one day she will just be totally on board for the cup thing.
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J.F. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2008
My first thought is that she may not be ready for a sippy cup yet. I would probably do bottles with formula (since that what the doc recommends) until 1 year. If you are determined to go for the sippy cup already, I'l tell you that my daughter had trouble with the sippy cup too. She actually figured out the straw first. I would hold my finger at the end of the straw to trap liquid in and then let it go in her mouth. After a little while she figured out she could suck it out. Then we moved to a cup with a "no spill" straw. Once she got that, she magically seemed to get the sippy cup too. Dont' worry too much. She'll get it eventually.
K.M. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2008
Good morning, S.,
Congratulaitons on breast feeding your baby girl for 8 months! I breast feed my son until he was 2 1/2 & encountered the same problem when introducing a sippy cup. We had the best luck with a cup/lid/straw with him. Just keep trying....it will take some time.
T.T. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2008
What kind of sippy cup are you using? Make sure it's soft and a 1st stage type of cup - and handles are always nice. My favorite is the Nubby sippy cup with handles (or without if she'll do it).
Also if you are using a cup that has a spout (the Nubby's don't) then try taking the spout out (assuming she won't even suck on it) -- she might not realize what is in there. I would stick to water or milk in the cup and not juice at that early age - but that is just my unsolicited opinion. :)
Good luck and great job breastfeeding!
V.S. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2008
I had a similar problem although my son was closer to a year. Nothing doing, no interest in a sippy cup. Then we had a friend come stay for a weekend who had a little girl that was two months older. She was waaaay into her sippy cup and my son couldn't take his eyes off of her. He mimicked everything she did...including suddenly taking interest in a sippy cup...esp. when she tried to take his! By the time she had left, he was drinking from his cup. So maybe you should invite some sippy cup drinkers over for some baby time!
C.H. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2008
I think you should give her a regular cup with water(no sippy cup) and see how she likes that. You really should let her develop a taste for water. Also...while holding her in your lap, take a drink of something healty and ask her if she wants to share your drink with you. She will want to be like Mommy maybe. If that doesnt work then she is probally just not ready. Try pumping some breast milk and wein her to a bottle first and then maybe try a sippy cup.
I could go on forever but I guess I've said enough
M.S. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2008
Have you tried different sippy cups? I also have an 8 month old who doesn't like much of anything but the breast. She will drink water out of a playtex sippy(the first sipster).
V.A. answers from Amarillo on August 27, 2008
She may just be a little too young yet. At 8 months, she doesnt understand what that thing you are putting in front of her is. I would just keep it up, give her the cup when she is at her highchair, just have it sitting there even if she isn't drinking from it, its there. And keep up the BF, I didn't wean mine unitl they were 13months and had no trouble at all getting them to take the cup