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As soon as my kids showed interest in drinking, I introduced the cup. Kaitlyn showed great interest in drinking at a young age, so I would let her drink from “real” cup. At six months, I offered juice in a sippy cup, but both children rejected juice. I just put water in it.
You might need to spend some time finding the right sippy cup for your baby. There are many styles and brands. Ask around and see what people you know like. For a young baby, I like one with handles for them to hold on to. I have used both Avent and Nuby. Nuby is nice because it has a soft nipple and is easy for the baby to get liquid out. Avent spills less. The right sippy cup makes a big difference in your baby’s ability to drink from it.
Give the drink to your baby at your determined times and let her practice drinking. It might take her some time to figure out how to suck from it, but she will get it.
It is good to get your baby accustomed to drinking from a sippy so that when you wean her from breast or bottle (or both), she will already know how to drink from it.
- Salina said…
My favorite that I’ve tried with my son is the Born Free training cup and also their sippy cup. They’re expensive, but they’re bpa free, and have a valve that is spill proof, but not as hard to suck as others we’ve tried. He won’t suck hard enough to use others we have. I only use water- but I’ve seen other kids who have juice ALL DAY!
January 17, 2008 12:12 PM
- Jennifer Brewer said…
When did Kaitlyn really drink from the sippy cup? Gabby is 10 months and does not really seem interested in the cup other than playing with it. I introduced it at 6 months. I use Avent right now, but wonder if it is the cup. Any suggestions? I want to have her fully on the cup when she is 1 with cows milk in it. Also, on that note, when you weaned Kaitlyn by her 1st b-day to the cup…did you give her the cup at her feedings with formula/milk, or was it like a bottle feeding where you gave her the cup then put her in the chair to eat? I am trying to plan for the transition and just trying to figure out how that will work. I have just weaned her from the breast to formula. Boy that was fun!! She did not like formula at all. She has always taken a bottle just fine from Daddy with expressed milk…but we just introduced formula. Whew! Finally she is taking a full bottle of formula. I had to wean her now due to a conference that I am attending and she can’t go with me. So I have 2 months left of the formula in the bottle. Sorry, for such a long post…just wondering when do I give her milk once she is on milk. How does that work? How do you make sure she is getting all the milk she needs and is there a certain amount she will need to drink in a day. I know I have 2 months to go…but just like to get it all straight in my head! Thanks for your patience with this post!
May 17, 2008 8:10 AM
Kaitlyn really started drinking from it around 6 months old, but only water. I would try other cups. I know Avent can be hard to drink from. My 3 year old was getting frustrated with it over the weekend because it was hard.For feeding, I held Brayden on my lap while he drank milk then moved him to his highchair to eat. I do that with Kaitlyn for some, but not for others. For breakfast and lunch, shes sits in her high chair and drinks the milk. I did it this way because Brayden was not a cuddler, and the only time I could get him to sit still on my lap was while drinking milk. Kaitlyn will cuddle anytime. If Kaitlyn were my only child, I would do it with her on my lap, but it is a lot easier to do it in her highchair.My daughter is still not fully on the sippy cup–she still drinks some meals from the bottle. We are working on it. She loves to drink water from a sippy, but not milk. Brayden was a lot easier to switch over.
There are different reports of how much milk to feed a one year old. I have heard 16-24 ounces. It all depends on how much other dairy she is eating. I offer 24 ounces a day. With Brayden, I really stressed about making sure he got enough. With Kaitlyn, I don’t really worry. I let her set her own pace. Good luck with it all!
May 19, 2008 10:20 AM