How can I introduce a sippy cup to my child?

I am trying to get my 9 month old to start drinking out of a sippy cup and she seems to spill more than drinking it. And then she gets frusrated and throws it down and wants a bottle.


Asked by JennEmily0414 at 2:32 PM on Feb. 3, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Just put a little bit of juice & water in a sippy, then put her hands arouns the cup like a bottle & show her u use it like a bottle. she'll catch on Good Luck☺

    Answer by NiekaC at 2:34 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • I just bought at CVS some glow worm bottles that have handles. They start off with nipples but has a sippy spout that you can switch. I am trying that with my little guy. I tried the whole giving him a sippy cup with water but he was so confused. I am hoping since these look like his bottles we will have better success.

    Answer by LadyKiki at 2:35 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • Get a spill proof sippy cup and tell her it's a magic cup and she gets one because she's special.They have them with the suction in the lid and that is what i used with my 2 sons.They loved them.

    Answer by cherrybomb814 at 2:37 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • We had to fill it about half way so they didn't have to tip it up completely, but it still wasn't too heavy for them to lift.

    We also had to squeeze some out of the top (we had soft tops) so they figured out what the heck was in there! LOL

    We also held our hands over their hands until they would keep their hands on it. Then it was using one finger on the end to help them tip it up....slowly dropping it over time until they "got" that they needed to tip it themselves.

    It probably took ours about 2 weeks total to have it figured out? But they were only 6 maybe not as long for yours?

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 2:39 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • When I was trying to give my son a sippy cup he would just play with it and chew on it. He couldn't figure out how to tip it back and sip at the same time. He was 6 months. So I gave him one with a straw. Finally he could drink on his own. My daughter caught on no problem, we just gave it to her, showed her how to tip it and that was it. My 3rd child is having the same issue as my son was.

    Answer by AmandaH321 at 3:10 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • I went through a few cups before i found ones that worked for my son. The 2 that i found that were the best IMO were the Gerber Nuk (my first pick) and Dr. Browns (my back up) sippy cups. dont push the fact I always give it to him at meal time and only with water and juice. With formula they need to drink it and be done, you dont want it to sit and go bad. HTH

    Answer by brannen at 3:14 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • The only sippy cups I ever buy my son are the Nuby no-spill cups with the soft spout. It's the same feeling as a nipple on a bottle but it's square shaped and they still have to suck on it to get anything out. My son got the hang of them quick.

    Answer by bassyentihw at 3:22 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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  • Try a different kind of sippy cup. I really like the straw kind with the spill proof valve. That is all my daughter drinks out of....and it doesn't require them to tip it up to get liquid out.

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 3:29 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

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