When should you introduce the sippy cup to your child?

My baby is almost 6months old and the package said 6months plus and a friend of mines kid started on one at 6months of age so I tried it with my daughter lastnight and she got really mad and started wailing her arms around everytime I even got near her with it. It was funny but now I'm worried it going to be hard to get her to take a sippy.


Asked by dtetz at 9:55 AM on Dec. 28, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • It can be hard :) One thing I hear is that you want to only do juice in the cup so they have an incentive. Also, with my youngest we did the Avent adapters that go right on the bottle to create a sippy spout. That seemed to help him because he was already familiar with the base. You can also try a "soft spout" that some of the brands make... it's more like a bottle and a good transition item. For my oldest we did the soft spout. For my youngest we just let him use what his big brother was using :) But either way it just takes a lot of practice. Just pull it out at every meal and eventually she will be more comfy with the idea :) Good Luck!


    Answer by CooksWife at 10:00 AM on Dec. 28, 2008

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  • 5 months old and then by 9 months old she was using it all the time (to drink water, that is) I mostly breastfed and then she would sometimes have formula in a bottle, now she has whole milk in a bottle. she won't take milk if it's in a sippy-cup, it has to be water only.

    Answer by GreekMama28 at 10:00 AM on Dec. 28, 2008

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  • p.s. My daughter will be 13 months old on Jan. 1st.

    Answer by GreekMama28 at 10:02 AM on Dec. 28, 2008

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  • I started giving my daughter a cup at four months old. She took to it immediately. At 10 months she gave up the bottle on her own

    Answer by amymartinez0214 at 10:22 AM on Dec. 28, 2008

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  • I started my DD on a sippy at 6 months. She took it like a champ!!! She was EBF for the first 6 months, and refused to take bottles or pacis. So I was very happy when she took her sippy cup :~) She also can drink out of a straw, and drink from a regular cup (albeit messily :~) ). She is 14 months

    Answer by epoh at 10:39 AM on Dec. 28, 2008

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  • I introduced the sippy cup at 6 months. I held it at first for them, but as soon as they showed they could drink from it, the bottles were GONE. Then we worked on them holding it themselves. That took two weeks at the longest.

    At a year, we switched to straw cups.

    With my oldest, we ended up trying several different sippy cups. The one that worked was a NUBY cup. With the other two, we went right to the NUBY cup......

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 12:18 PM on Dec. 28, 2008

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  • I don't remember exactly how old my son was but it was around 8 or 9 months when he was introduced to a sippie cup. He picked it up fast but we still used bottles for morning and night formula and cut bottles off at 12 months. He had no problems at all and never asked for a bottle. Like another mom said, use juice only at first and don't force it. Offer it to your baby and they will use it when they are ready.

    Answer by 2mommies4g at 1:11 PM on Dec. 28, 2008

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  • they have these nuby training sippy cups at walmart.......they come with a sippy cupo lid and a nipple, i use the nipple with the rest of the cup........my son now will only take it at breakfast and lunch and with dinner he only gets a regular bottle at bedtime.....the cup has handles so he likes to drink by himself,
    the cup is a 2oz and a 4 oz you can either use the nipple or the sippy lid but either way it has handles.........it is really cute too and easy to clean

    Answer by franklynnsmom at 1:14 PM on Dec. 28, 2008

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  • Six months....

    Answer by richgirljj at 1:25 PM on Dec. 28, 2008

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  • I started around 5 months with each of mine. Whenever I started baby food. I always offered the cup after a couple of bites and it was always filled with water and sitting where they were playing. They all refused it at first but I just kept offering it through out the day (holding it up to their mouth).
    All 4 of them were drinking out of it without help (holding it themselves) by 9 months old.

    Answer by justanotherjen at 1:30 PM on Dec. 28, 2008

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