Transition to Sippy Cup

Updated on March 11, 2008
C.D. asks from Akron, OH
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I am looking for advice on transitioning my baby to a sippy cup. She is 10 months old - was breast fed until 6 months, transitioned to a bottle with no problem, eats from a spoon and feeds herself with her fingers all with absolutely no problems but when I give her a sippy cup she becomes hysterical. I have taken to giving it to her on her highchair tray and letting her explore it anyway she wants to for now. Thanks for any suggestions.

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J.S.

answers from Cincinnati on

I think you're on the right track. Trying to force her into using the cup will only backfire. When she is ready, she'll use it. She has had enough in her life to cope with as is. I think the idea of putting it in front of her and letting her decide whether or not to use it, will eventually do it.
I'm a 58 yr. old granny. I advise the laid-back approach.

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K.N.

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It's been said but i agree with Melanie, those Nuby cups are great, they worked for all three of my kids and the 18 month old i babysit for when her parents started her on a sippy cup, she'll now use any sippy you give her but it made the initial transition much easier. good luck.

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W.B.

answers from Toledo on

Good for you not waiting until she is two years old to get her away from a bottle. I would just try to get her to hold the sippy cup for a little while whenever you're going to give her something to drink and see if she'll try and drink just a little bit from it!! And then congratulate her for trying!

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M.R.

answers from Cincinnati on

My friend gave me great advice regarding the sippy cup and it worked.

I think you're doing the right thing by putting it on the tray to let her get used to it. Still give her the bottle, but put the cup on the tray. We tried the sippy cup at 10 months and had meltdowns, so we waited til 12 months to give him the formula/milk from it. In the meantime, he got water in the sippy for snacktime.

We did one week with both a bottle and a sippy cup with 2 ounces of milk in it for meal times. The next week, we took away the bottle completely and did all sippy cup. What was key for us was to let him have both the sippy cup and food at the same time.

I was so worried he wouldn't transition, but it was so silky smooth I don't know why I got nervous in the first place!

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N.S.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi C. my name is N. i have a two year old whom I breast fed for 6 months as well, i also used formula and made his food home made. i found it to be easier for him to use a sippy with a nipple like top to it. Wal mart sales sippies that have 3 different types of lids to it for transitioning children from stage to stage. The lid is soft like a nipple or bottle and some are even shaped like nipples, i used this for my son and had no problem. They can be a little more than expected but well worth it. Try it and let me know if you have any luck. You might also try Babies R Us or Target. if anything go online. Good luck.

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S.K.

answers from Evansville on

Our 2 year old refused to drink out of a sippy to the point where I would give in and give him a bottle, however my daycare provider didn't give him a choice. He was 11 mths old when I picked him up from daycare and she said "I just wouldn't give him a bottle" he hasn't touched one since. Tough love but I guess like most people they are scared of change.
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R.S.

answers from Indianapolis on

It takes time, offer the sippy cup at meal times and snack. Put in water, watered down apple juice. My son likes to have ice, he likes to shake it.

You know what is best for your child. There is a big push from doctors to get off the bottle by a year. Do your research. My cousin's children were transitioned to a sippy at a year and then both had to go to speech therapy at 3 for a lazy tongue. The therapist suggested a straw sippy because the tongue still has to work. Munchkin has a nice soft straw sippy. My son had his bottle until 2 and he's fine. He wanted his bottle before nap and bed and we just always brushed he teeth after.

Enjoy your little one

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J.G.

answers from Cleveland on

my daughter started using a sippy cup just about a week ago she is 6mo what i did was when it was bath time i would give her a sippy cup just to play with its much easer and much more fun to learn that way. my daughter is still not an expert with sippy cups but she is getting there i hope i was able to help you well good luck

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D.T.

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Just do it slowly. With all our kids, we started at around 6 months old. At first we just filled it half-way with water and left the plastic thingy out. We use playtex brand and they have a version for younger babies with a thinner, softer spout. We leave the valve out so drops of water drip out. Then we just tip it into the mouth so water comes out. If you leave the valve in, they can't get anything out until they learn and they get very frustrated. It's a different sucking motion than with a bottle or nursing. With my older kids, we put the valve in after a couple of weeks and they played around with their mouth and figured out how to suck out the water. This baby hasn't figured it out yet and she's had it for 2-3 weeks now. We had to hold it for the other kids for the first few months. Letting her play with it is a great way for her to get to know it - that's what we do too.

Most babies learn to drink out of a sippy cup between 6 and 12 months so your daughter is right on track. :-)

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H.K.

answers from Toledo on

There are sippy cups that you can buy that have really soft spouts, very similar to nipples. We started with these. Then, we just replaced one bottle at a time with a sippy cup, starting with the middle bottles first. Then we took away the morning bottle and finally, the bedtime bottle. We always kept a bottle close by in case she refused to drink from a cup, but luckily never needed to use it. I think the best thing is just to try it and if your daughter isn't responding well, then wait a week or two and try again. Let her give you the cues. Good luck!!

T.K.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi C.!

I used and still use Nuby straw sippy cups. I gave it to him at 6 months old and he had absolutely no problems with it! I ultimately went with that cup because it has a handle on each side and I thought the straw would be an easier transition since it's smaller like a bottle nipple.

He refuses to use any other sippy cups. I thought he would have a hard time using a regular cup because he's not tipping his sippy cup. But he can drink from a regular cup just fine. Good luck!

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S.P.

answers from Cleveland on

I wouldn't worry about it C.. Sometimes it takes them till they're 12 mos. or older. My 3 kids were around 12 months. Just keep trying and eventually she'll get it!

S.

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A.W.

answers from Columbus on

Two questions. One does your daughter hold her own bottle while she is drinking it? If she does the transition should be relativly easy. She is used to olding somehting like a cup on her own. Buy some sippy cups and just use them during the day and work with herthrewout the day to make sure she is getting the liquied intake she needs and she'll catch on before you know it. Then use the bottle at the last time she would typically take it.
The other question I have is what type of bottles are you useing? Some have attachments to help ease the transtion.
I hate to say this. Go cold turkey, except for the last feeding of the day. Take a weekend and just work with her on it. It will be frustrating, I have been threw. Just take her hands help her graps the cup keep your hanmds over her and help her until she get the hang of it.

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M.F.

answers from Cincinnati on

We gave our daughter a sippy to just hold, play with. etc. in and out of the high chair. We started with just putting a little water in it for obvious reasons. It took her a little while to understand tipping it back to get the water. We very briefly had her use a sippy with a straw. This is really meant for bigger kids that can control the flow of the liquid, but it got her to understand that the water came out of the sippy. Once she got that we switched back to the standard sippy and she has been using it ever since. Good luck.

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S.F.

answers from Fort Wayne on

You could try a sippy cup with a nipple top or soft top. It gets her used to holding a larger glass. Perhaps switch to a different sippy cup in a couple months. I've used soft tips made by Gerber. Gerber cups are about $5 a piece, but they almost never leak, which is nice for juices and trips in the car.

You might also try using a small water bottle type cup with a straw. Perhaps just try using a regular cup and see if she likes that better.

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J.G.

answers from Lima on

For my kids I have used the Nubby sippy cups. They have a soft silicone top. I also have bought a Nubby set. It comes with a cup with 3 tops, a bottle top, a sports sipper top and a sippy cup top(bought them at walmart). The first thing I do is use the bottle top a few times, the nipple is different than the nipples on most bottles but it's still a bottle, I use this for a few days then go to the sport sipper(it's closer to a bottle nipple), then transition to the sippy cup top. My daughter is 11 and 1/2 months and i just started to wean her off the bottle last week and for the past 2 days she hasn't taken a bottle. I also have started all my kids on sippy cups with water when they were 4 mo. old so I'm sure this also helps. i hope this info is helpful, it's just what has worked for my kids.
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L.G.

answers from Lima on

My daughter is 19 months old, and still prefers the bottle even for regular milk.
I look at it this way, she may be older than most, but when she is ready she will go to a sippy no problem. No kid is going to take a sippy to kindergarten with them.

Sometimes she will do a sippy but it takes her much longer to finish her milk then.
Try letting her have the sippy while she is eating so maybe she will take sips inbetween bites.

L.

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J.M.

answers from Cincinnati on

I took the sropper out of the sippy cup to make certain my son would get the water or juice inside. I had VERY LITTLE in the cup because it will spill. This allowed him to learn what was in the cup. Once he liked the cup I put the stopper back in. He had to work at getting it, but knew what was in it and was willing to work to get it.

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V.K.

answers from Dayton on

http://www.amazon.com/9oz-Nuby-Spill-3-Stage-Bottle/dp/B0...

copy and paste that link to your browswer if it doens't become a hyperlink.

That is a link to amazon.com for a Nuby bottle that I used with my first son. He had a hard time with sippy cups at first too, but this helped him out a lot. You can use it as a bottle first(the nipples are weird to get used to at first, but once they master that you know they're ready for a normal sippy cup). Then you can add the handles to make it more like a sippy cup and then finally, they have a soft spout to make it even more like a sippy cup.

You might also try the sippy cups with the pop up soft straws too. My son liked those too, even right off the bat. But with those you have to teach them that it's not like a bottle and it won't help to hold it upside down to get milk. it's pretty cute to watch though. lol.

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K.F.

answers from Indianapolis on

Try the Avent soft-spout cups. They were recommened to me when my son seemed uninterested in a cup (he was only ever breastfed--no bottles) from other moms who had had the same problem. They worked great for us until he was old enough to switch to the standard hard-spout Playtex, Gerber, etc. Nice as a "trainer" cup

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M.O.

answers from Cleveland on

we started with the Nuby cups , they have a rubber top like a bottle and my kids took very well to them . Nuby also makes a sport cup that has the rubber top , it is very similar to a bottle , we used that one with my son. Either way it was much easier to transition to sippy cups.

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L.H.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi there! My sister had the same probelm with her daughter. We found her some sippy cups with a soft spout. The brand is called Nuby. Lainey seemed to really like them, and now she will also use the hard spout cups! Hope this works for you.

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J.N.

answers from Indianapolis on

mama, why do you want her to grow up so fast. and how is it you didn't suspect whatever was in that bottle as the culprit for the seizing? just today yahoo publishes what all pharmacuticals are in our water supply. I had occasion to have Thanksgiving with the former city chemist of a rather fine city here in Indiana... he was fired. He was fired for checking for chemicals which he was not hired to check for, he found them. tis frightening and that was a long time ago. What was the cause of the seizing? They are controlled now... great. big sigh. Will she be on this ALL HER LIFE?
Sweet. Good Luck with searching for the cause of the seizing.
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D.Z.

answers from Indianapolis on

take a sip from the cup before you give it to her.
:)

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T.E.

answers from Dayton on

We had trouble getting my daughter to use a sippy cup in the beginning. We had tried Playtex and some other ones. Nothing worked. Finally we tried ones from Avent (I think...it's been awhile). They had a flatter tip than like Playtex and my daughter would drink out of them. Then finally she started drinking out of the Playtex ones too. Good Luck!

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