Posted by Marie W. on June 16, 2003 at 17:14:48:
In Reply to: Ideas for Sippy Cup training? posted by ALG on June 16, 2003 at 10:47:48:
: I'm wondering if any of you would have some tips for training your baby to use a sippy cup. I give my son a sippy cup with juice or water at every meal. All he does is throw the thing. If I hold it up to his mouth he will put it in then as soon as he figures out it is not a bottle he pushes it away and tries to throw it again.
: He was a preemie and had problems learning to suck when he was born. We got past that hurdle and he takes a bottle just fine now. Now the doctor wants me to train him to use a spill-proof sippy cup and to drink out of a straw. I can't get him to suck on a straw either, he just chews n it.
: I would love any and all advice on this. I'm just at a loss as what to do at this point. Jonathan is 9.5 months right now. I didn't think babies took a sippy cup until a year but his doctor wants him to take it now. He wants us to be completely bottle free by 12 months.
My daughter was trained to drink from a sippy cup when she was around 11 months old. I did not use the spillproof cup initially because it was difficult for her to suck from. The non-spillproof can cause a mess, but once she learnt how to use one, I switched to spill proof. I would fill the sippy cup to the top so that she would not have to tilt it too much. We got rid of the bottle by the time she was 14-15 months old. Having said that, my almost-eight-month-old son will not have anything to do with a sippy cup. He just throws it away too. I am still trying, but not too hard because he is just getting used to a bottle. I don't want to try too many new things all at once.