Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Some advice please...

Since it has been like 4 1/2 years since I've had a "baby", I'm at a loss on something...

How in the world am I suppose to transition Livvie from a bottle (that she's been used to for 10 months) to a sippy cup? I've tried putting a sippy cup in her mouth with some apple juice, but she's just not interested or doesn't know what she's doing.

So if any of you have any great ideas, or a fabulous sippy cup to try out, I'm all ears!

11 comments:

Liz said...

Have you tried the soft spout sippy cups? Sometimes those help.

I had a hard time with all my kids with this transition. I know it can be frustrating.

Amy said...

Yep, like Liz said, there are lots of sippies that have 'nipples' much like a bottle's.
Wagi makes one http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.jsp?CATID=304730&navAction=jump&navCount=0&id=prod2575335
that I used to transition my youngest.
It's also tall like a bottle & easy for them to hold. Also cheap.
Good luck!

HomeSchool Mommy said...

Addyson wanted nothing to do with any type of sippy cup...including the soft ones.

So, I taught her how to drink out of a straw and bought those sippy cups. Once she was off the bottle, she just naturally liked the sippy cups, but until then I only used straw sippy cups.

I taught her to drink out of a straw by putting drink into a straw (holding finger over one end of straw) and putting it in her mouth. Within a day, she was drinking out of straws by herself.

The Sanders House said...

I know your frustration. Keegan was a year before he was even interested. Other moms were shocked because their baby took one at 6 months and said, "Keegan should be taking one". In the end, it is all Livvie's timing. One day Keegan just did it, and I was like...that was easy! I did experiment with different ones until he just took to one. Also, try it one a day and let her play with it.
My mom told me one day while I was complaining.."He will not be 20 and drinking from a bottle." So, I chilled and let him do it when he was ready.

Kimberly said...

A softer tipped sippy usually works pretty good. I was lucky Landen started taking a sippy at about 6 months and quit the bottle entirely at 10 months. Just set it in front of her when she's playing , maybe in her highchair and she'll play with it a bit, and eventually will take to it, but it will take a bit, don't worry, she's just used to her bottle ya know?

Jennifer said...

Can't say I have too much personal experience because neither of my boys ever took a bottle in the first place. The went from breastfeeding to drinking out of a regular cup. My advice would be to have her drink out of a cup (which any age baby can learn to do...no real sucking required) and get good at that first.

Sippy cups are SO handy (in the car, for example) that I did teach my boys to drink out of one after they could drink from a cup. But that was difficult, as you are finding. The ONLY thing that worked for us was for me to put breast milk in the sippy cup, take OUT the plastic valve (so that the milk can spill out of the little holes) and let my boys put it in their mouth. They could taste the breast milk right away and, since that's what they liked, they'd suck a bit and learn they could get more. Once they got the hang of it, I put the valve back in (so it would spill...since that's the point of a sippy cup and all!!) and voila! It can be very hard to learn a sippy cup with the valve in at first, because she has no idea what to do or what would even happen if she did suck! But we only use regular cups at home...because I know from my friends' experience that it can be hard to wean a kid off a sippy cup even at age 3 or 4 if that's all you let them drink out of! They're super for travel, though...and you know me! I like to get out of the house every day with them, so I bring a sippy!! Good luck!!

Sue said...

You can try forgoing the sippy cup for a straw cup. When Kayla was in feeding therapy we were told to switch her to a straw while transitioning to an open cup. Alysa started on the straw cup with water at 6 months and gave up her bottle for the straw cup on her own at 9 months. It's easier to learn, as it's still the "sucking" motion rather than picking up the cup and learning a whole new thing. They have the ones that close, so they're good with traveling, etc.

Other than that, if you want the sippy, try the ones that are valve-less, so you can tip it for her for her to learn how it comes out. That's what we used when we transitioned Kayla to the sippy cup.

Good luck! Amazing how quickly we forget some of this stuff. :)

LeslieW. said...

I did straight apple juice, she didn't want to put it down. Plus Abby still uses one so they are always everywhere.

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Ashley said...

I never really had a problem with the transition, my 2 year old never really liked the bottle because he saw his older sister and brother drinking from a cup so when I showed him they did it without a bottle, he kind of wanted to pick up on it too. I'm telling you, have Avery show her how to do it. I know it seems like you're being lazy but I've learned if I want the younger boys to do anything, I have the older ones show them. They tend to listen to the older kids more. I guess it's the "cool" thing to do! :)

Munchkin Land said...

Personally, I used the straw, sippy cups. Hudson at six months old is already sneaking sips from his sister's sippy cup. =)

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